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Jonah 2 World English Bible (WEB)

Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly. He said,

“I called because of my affliction to Yahweh.
    He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol[a] I cried.
    You heard my voice.
For you threw me into the depths,
    in the heart of the seas.
The flood was all around me.
    All your waves and your billows passed over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;
    yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
The waters surrounded me,
    even to the soul.
The deep was around me.
    The weeds were wrapped around my head.
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains.
    The earth barred me in forever:
    yet have you brought up my life from the pit, Yahweh my God.

“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered Yahweh.
    My prayer came in to you, into your holy temple.
Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
    But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving.
    I will pay that which I have vowed.
Salvation belongs to Yahweh.”

10 Yahweh spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.


  1. Jonah 2:2 Sheol is the place of the dead.
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Jonah 2 New International Version (NIV)

[a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 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.
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.
I said, ‘I have been banished
    from your sight;
yet I will look again
    toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]
    the deep surrounded me;
    seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
    the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
    brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
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.


  1. Jonah 2:1 In Hebrew texts 2:1 is numbered 1:17, and 2:1-10 is numbered 2:2-11.
  2. Jonah 2:5 Or waters were at my throat
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