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Jonah: Chapter 2

The prayer of Jonah, 1-9. He is delivered out of the belly of the fish, 10.

1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

2 And said, "I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me. Out of the belly of hell I cried, and you heard my voice.

3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas, and the floods encompassed me. All your billows and your waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, 'I am cast out of your sight, yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

5 The waters encompassed me, even to the soul. The depth enclosed me on every side. The weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains. The earth with her bars was about me forever. Yet you have brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD. And my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.

8 Those who observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving. I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."

10 And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.