Jonah 2 GNT

1 From deep inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God:
2 "In my distress, O Lord, I called to you, and you answered me. From deep in the world of the dead I cried for help, and you heard me.
3 You threw me down into the depths, to the very bottom of the sea, where the waters were all around me, and all your mighty waves rolled over me.
4 I thought I had been banished from your presence and would never see your holy Temple again.
5 The water came over me and choked me; the sea covered me completely, and seaweed wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the very roots of the mountains, into the land whose gates lock shut forever. a But you, O Lord my God, brought me back from the depths alive.

References for Jonah 2:6

    • d 2:6 - the land whose gates lock shut forever: [A reference to the world of the dead (see 2.2).]
      7 When I felt my life slipping away, then, O Lord, I prayed to you, and in your holy Temple you heard me.
      8 Those who worship worthless idols have abandoned their loyalty to you.
      9 But I will sing praises to you; I will offer you a sacrifice and do what I have promised. Salvation comes from the Lord!"
      10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah up on the beach, and it did.