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Jonah 2 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 Jonah prayed: "I called to the LORD in my distress, and he answered me. From the depths of my [watery] grave I cried for help, and you heard my cry. 3 You threw me into the deep, into the depths of the sea, and water surrounded me. All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me. 4 "Then I thought, 'I have been banished from your sight. Will I ever see your holy temple again?' 5 "Water surrounded me, threatening my life. The deep [sea] covered me completely. Seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 I sank to the foot of the mountains. I sank to the bottom, where bars held me forever. But you brought me back from the pit, O LORD, my God. 7 "As my life was slipping away, I remembered the LORD. My prayer came to you in your holy temple. 8 Those who hold on to worthless idols abandon their loyalty [to you]. 9 But I will sacrifice to you with songs of thanksgiving. I will keep my vow. Victory belongs to the LORD!" 10 Then the LORD spoke to the fish, and it spit Jonah out onto the shore.
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