Jonah 2 Expanded Bible (EXB)
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.