Jonah 2 English Standard Version

Jonah's Prayer of Thanksgiving for Deliverance

2 1  Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2  saying, "I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. 3  For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. 4  Then I said, 'I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.' 5  The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head 6  at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. 7  When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8  Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. 9  But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!"

10  And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.


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