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Jonah 2 Expanded Bible (EXB)

While Jonah was ·inside [L in the belly/innards of] the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said,

“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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.

“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.

“People who ·worship [cling to] ·useless [worthless; false] idols
    ·give up their loyalty to you [or forfeit the mercy/lovingkindness that is theirs].
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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