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Jonah 2 (New International Reader's Version)

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Jonah Prays to the LORD

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said, "When I was in trouble, I called out to you. And you answered me. When I had almost drowned, I called out for help. And you listened to my cry. 3 You threw me into the Mediterranean Sea. I was in the middle of its waters. They were all around me. All of your rolling waves were sweeping over me. 4 I said, 'I have been driven away from you. But I will look again toward your holy temple in Jerusalem.' 5 I had almost drowned in the waves. The deep waters were all around me. Seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 I sank down to the bottom of the mountains. I thought I had died and gone down into the grave forever. But you brought my life up from the very edge of the pit. You are the LORD my God. 7 "When my life was nearly over, I remembered you, Lord. My prayer rose up to you. It reached you in your holy temple in heaven. 8 "Some people worship the worthless statues of their gods. They turn away from the grace you want to give them. 9 But I will sacrifice a thank offering to you. And I will sing a song of thanks. I will do what I have promised. Lord, you are the one who saves." 10 The LORD gave the fish a command. And it spit Jonah up onto dry land.
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