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Jonah 2

    Jonah's Prayer
  1. [1]Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.
  2. He said, "I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead,[2] and Lord, you heard me!
  3. You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.
  4. Then I said, 'O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.'
  5. "I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
  6. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!
  7. As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.
  8. Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God's mercies.
  9. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone."
  10. Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
  1. Verses 2:1-10 are numbered 2:2-11 in Hebrew text.
  2. Hebrew 'from Sheol.'


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