Jonah 2 TNIV

Jonah's Prayer

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

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      2 He said: "In my distress I called1 to the LORD,2 and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead3 I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

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      3 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

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      4 I said, 'I have been banished from your sight;7 yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'8

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      5 The engulfing waters threatened me,a the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.9

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        • a 2:5 - Or "waters were at my throat"
          6 To the roots of the mountains10 I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.11

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          7 "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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          8 "Those who cling to worthless idols15 forfeit God's love for them.

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          9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,16 will sacrifice17 to you. What I have vowed18 I will make good. I will say, 'Salvation19 comes from the LORD.' "

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          10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.