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Jonah’s Prayer

[a]Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh his God (A)from the stomach of the fish, and he said,

“I (B)called out of my distress to Yahweh,
And He answered me.
I cried for help from the belly of (C)Sheol;
You heard my voice.
For You had (D)cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the current surrounded me.
All Your (E)breakers and waves passed over me.
So I said, ‘I have been (F)driven away from [b]Your sight.
Nevertheless I will look again (G)toward Your holy temple.’
(H)Water encompassed me to my very soul.
The great (I)deep surrounded me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
I (J)went down to the [c]base of the mountains.
The earth with its (K)bars closed behind me forever,
But You have (L)brought up my life from [d]the pit, O Yahweh my God.
While my soul was (M)fainting within me,
I (N)remembered Yahweh,
And my (O)prayer came to You,
To (P)Your holy temple.
Those who (Q)regard worthless idols
Forsake their lovingkindness,
But as for me, I will (R)sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving.
That which I have vowed I will (S)pay.
(T)Salvation belongs to Yahweh.”

10 Then Yahweh spoke to the (U)fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.


  1. Jonah 2:1 Ch 2:2 in Heb
  2. Jonah 2:4 Lit before Your eyes
  3. Jonah 2:6 Lit bases
  4. Jonah 2:6 Or corruption