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Jonah 2

Jonah's Prayer
 1   [1] Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish.  2  He said,

"I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble,
  and he answered me.
I called to you from the land of the dead, [2] 
  and LORD, you heard me!
 3  You threw me into the ocean depths,
  and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
The mighty waters engulfed me;
  I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.
 4  Then I said, `O LORD, you have driven me from your presence.
  Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.'

 5  "I sank beneath the waves,
  and the waters closed over me.
  Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
 6  "I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!"  7  As my life was slipping away,
  I remembered the LORD.
And my earnest prayer went out to you
  in your holy Temple.
 8  Those who worship false gods
  turn their backs on all God's mercies.
 9  "But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone."    10  Then the LORD ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
<<  2:1 Verses 2:1-10 are numbered 2:2-11 in Hebrew text.
<<  2:2 Hebrew from Sheol.