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Jonah 2

Jonah’s Prayer

1 From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the LORD his God, 2 saying:

“In my distress I called to the LORD,

and He answered me.

From the belly of Sheol I called for help,

and You heard my voice.

3 For You cast me into the deep,

into the heart of the seas,

and the current swirled about me;

all Your breakers and waves swept over me.

4 At this, I said,

‘I have been banished from Your sight;

yet I will look once more

toward Your holy temple.’

5 The waters engulfed me

to take my life;

the watery depths closed around me;

the seaweed wrapped around my head.

6 To the roots of the mountains I descended;

the earth beneath me barred me in forever!

But You raised my life from the pit,

O LORD my God!

7 As my life was fading away,

I remembered the LORD.

My prayer went up to You,

to Your holy temple.

8 Those who cling to worthless idols

forsake His loving devotion. a 

9 But I, with the voice of thanksgiving,

will sacrifice to You.

I will fulfill what I have vowed.

Salvation is from the LORD!”

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

 

Footnotes:

8 a Forms of the Hebrew chesed are translated here and in most cases throughout the Scriptures as loving devotion ; the range of meaning includes love , goodness , kindness , faithfulness , and mercy , as well as loyalty to a covenant .

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