The shortest way isn't the easiest one.
God doesn't like lies.
God will punish those who don't pray.
God will forgive those who repent their sins.
Jonah needed to kill the Nineveh's king.
Jonah needed to proclaim judgement to Nineveh.
Jonah needed to sacrifice his firstborn son.
Jonah needed to help the people of Nineveh to escape.
Jonah accepted God's will.
Jonah resisted and leaved Nineveh.
Jonah took away his own life.
Jonah made a deal with God to punish everyone but his family.
Jonah was washed up after the storm on a deserted island.
A whale swallowed Jonah.
Jonah landed on whales back who carried him to shallow waters.
Three days and three nights
Four days and four nights
Nine days and nine nights
Twelve days and twelve nights
Jonah promised he'll obey so the whale digested him after a week.
Jonah prayed to God and repented his sins. God showed His mercy and had the whale threw Jonah up safely on a dry land.
Jonah talked to the whale because he was able to understand animals, and the whale felt sorry for Jonah.
Jonah fought his way through the whale and swam towards the shore. He didn't repent.
God agreed and ended Jonah's life.
God punished Jonah with a thunder storm.
God caused a tree to grow over Jonah giving him shade.
God ignored Jonah's wish and asked him, again, to proclaim judgement on Nineveh's people.
Jonah died because God sent punishment to all Nineveh's people.
Jonah did repent, but refused to proclaim judgement on his friends.
Jonah accepted God's will and became one of the most effective prophets.
Jonah repented but asked God to show mercy and choose another prophet because he was too weak.
They did not repent so God sent a locust plague.
They repented and God did not punish them.
God punished those who did not repent and awarded those who did.
They had to bring sacrifice to God every year for the next 100 years.