Jonah 2:8-9

8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ ”

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Jonah 2:8-9 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains the prayer of Jonah, when in the fish's belly; the time when he prayed, the person he prayed unto, and the place where, are suggested in Jon 2:1; and the latter described as a place of great straitness and distress, and even as hell itself, Jon 2:2; The condition he was in, when cast into the sea, and when in the belly of the fish, which is observed, the more to heighten the greatness of the deliverance, Jon 2:3-6. The different frame of mind he was in, sometimes almost in despair, and ready to faint; and presently exercising faith and hope, remembering the goodness of the Lord, and resolving to look again to him, Jon 2:4,7. The gracious regards of God to him, in receiving, hearing, and answering his prayer, and bringing up his life from corruption, Jon 2:2,6,7. His resolution, let others do what they would, to praise the Lord, and give him the glory of his salvation, Jon 2:8,9; and the chapter is concluded with the order for his deliverance, and the manner of it, Jon 2:10.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 32:21; S 1 Samuel 12:21; 2 Kings 17:15; Jeremiah 10:8
  • 2. S Psalms 42:4
  • 3. Psalms 50:14,23; Hosea 14:2; Hebrews 13:15
  • 4. S Numbers 30:2; Psalms 116:14; S Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
  • 5. S Exodus 15:2; S Psalms 3:8
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