From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.
He said: "In my distress I called1 to the LORD,2 and he answered me. From the depths of the grave3 I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the deep,4 into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves5 and breakers swept over me.6
I said, 'I have been banished from your sight;7 yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'8
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.9
To the roots of the mountains10 I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit,11 O LORD my God.
"When my life was ebbing away, I remembered12 you, LORD, and my prayer13 rose to you, to your holy temple.14
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