Jonah 2 New International Version

Jonah's Prayer of Thanksgiving for Deliverance

2 1  From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2  He said: "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 3  You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4  I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.' 5  The engulfing waters threatened me,[1]the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6  To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. 7  "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. 8  "Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them. 9  But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, 'Salvation comes from the Lord.' "

10  And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.


[1] 2:5 Or "waters were at my throat"

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