2 While Jonah was ·inside [L in the belly/innards of] the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said,
2 “When I was in ·danger [distress], I called to the Lord, and he answered me. ·I was about to die [L From the belly of Sheol; C the place of the dead], so I cried to you, and you heard my voice. 3 You threw me into the ·sea [ocean depths; deep], down, down into the ·deep [L heart of the] sea. The ·water [flood] ·was all around [engulfed] me, and your ·powerful [surging; billowing] waves ·flowed [swept] over me. 4 I said, ‘I was ·driven out of your presence [banished from your sight], ·but I hope to see [yet I will look toward] your Holy Temple again.’ 5 The waters of the sea closed around my ·throat [or soul]. The deep sea ·was all around [surrounded; closed in on] me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 When I ·went [sank] down to ·where the mountains of the sea start to rise [L the roots of the mountains], ·I thought I was locked in this prison [the earth’s bars held me] forever, but you ·saved me [L brought up my life] from the pit of death, Lord my God.
7 “When my life ·had almost gone [was slipping/fainting away], I remembered the Lord. ·I prayed [L My prayer went up] to you, ·and you heard my prayers in [L in] your Holy Temple.
8 “People who ·worship [cling to] ·useless [worthless; false] idols ·give up their loyalty to you [or forfeit the mercy/lovingkindness that is theirs]. 9 But ·I will praise and thank you while I [L with a voice of thanksgiving I will] give sacrifices to you, and I will ·keep my promises to you [L pay what I have vowed]. Salvation comes from the Lord!”
10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and the fish ·threw up [vomited] Jonah onto the dry land.
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