2 1 [a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, “I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again towards your holy temple.” 5 The engulfing waters threatened me,[b] the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in for ever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
7 ‘When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
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.”’
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 2:1In Hebrew texts 2:1 is numbered 1:17, and 2:1-10 is numbered 2:2-11.
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