Jonah 2 New Revised 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 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  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; how shall I look again upon your holy temple?' 5  The waters closed in over me; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped around 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  As my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8  Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. 9  But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!"

10  Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.


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