Jonah 2 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 thou didst hear my voice. 3  For thou didst cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood was round about me; all thy waves and thy billows passed over me. 4  Then I said, 'I am cast out from thy presence; how shall I again look upon thy holy temple?' 5  The waters closed in over me, the deep was round about 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 for ever; yet thou didst bring up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God. 7  When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to thee, into thy holy temple. 8  Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their true loyalty. 9  But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to thee; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!"

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


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