What is the meaning of “believed” in Jonah 3:5?

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What is the meaning of “believed” in Jonah 3:5?

Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Strongs: Believed: H539 אמן   ‘âman   aw-man’
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand: – hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, + fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.

The People of Nineveh were pagan, and part of the Assyrian empire. This is the land where evil King Sennacherib came from. So when it says Nineveh belived God, it means they believed the God of the Jews and also believed he was more powerful than their own gods.

For more information on Jonah and Nineveh, or Nahum’s prophecy against Nineveh, see the verse by verse studies in these books

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