2:1–10 Jonah’s response to God’s judgment is framed in the form of a thanksgiving psalm (v. 9). The cry of the prophet focuses on the desperate character of his situation by using terms typical in poetic descriptions of death or nearness to death. In his plight he looks to the Lord’s holy temple, the physical token of the Lord’s saving presence with His people. The psalm is a moving testimony to the heart of Israel’s faith and to the heart of the prophet, but he still had much to learn. His vision of God’s mercy was still narrow.