2 [a] From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 Jonah prayed:
“I called to the Lord in my distress, and he answered me. From the depths of my watery grave I cried for help, and you heard my cry. 3 You threw me into the deep, into the depths of the sea, and water surrounded me. All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me.
4 “Then I thought, ‘I have been banished from your sight. Will I ever see your holy temple again?’
5 “Water surrounded me, threatening my life. The deep sea covered me completely. Seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 I sank to the foot of the mountains. I sank to the bottom, where bars held me forever. But you brought me back from the pit, O Lord, my God.
7 “As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. My prayer came to you in your holy temple. 8 Those who hold on to worthless idols abandon their loyalty to you. 9 But I will sacrifice to you with songs of thanksgiving. I will keep my vow. Victory belongs to the Lord!”
10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spit Jonah out onto the shore.
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