Jonah’s Prayer
1Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish:2:1 Jb 13:15; Ps 130:1–2; Lm 3:53–56
2I called to the Lord in my distress,2:2 1Sm 30:6; Ps 18:4–6; 22:24; 120:1
and he answered me.
I cried out for help from deep inside2:2 Lit from the stomach of Sheol;2:2 Ps 18:5–6; 86:13; 88:1–7; Is 28:15; 38:18
you heard my voice.2:2 Ps 34:7
3When you threw me into the depths,2:3 Ps 69:1–2,14–15; Lm 3:54
into the heart of the seas,2:3 Neh 9:11
the current2:3 Lit river overcame me.
All your breakers and your billows swept over me.2:3 Ps 42:7
4And I said, “I have been banished2:4 Lv 21:7
from your sight,2:4 Ps 31:22–23; Jr 7:15
yet I will look2:4 LXX reads sight. Will I look...? once more
toward your holy temple.”2:4 1Kg 8:38; 2Ch 6:38; Ps 5:7; 138:2
5The water engulfed me up to the neck;2:5 Or me, threatening my life2:5 Ps 69:1–2; 105:18; Pr 23:2; Lm 3:54
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.2:5 Ps 18:4–5
6I sank to the foundations of the mountains,2:6 Ps 116:3
the earth’s gates shut behind me forever!2:6 Jb 38:10; Ps 9:13; Is 38:10; Mt 16:18
Then you raised my life2:6 Jb 33:28; Ps 16:10; 30:3; Is 38:17 from the Pit, Lord my God!2:6 Ps 30:3; 86:13
7As my life was fading away,2:7 Ps 142:3
I remembered the Lord,2:7 2Sm 14:11; Ps 77:10–11; 143:5
and my prayer came to you,2:7 2Ch 30:27; Ps 18:6
to your holy temple.2:7 Ps 11:4; 65:4; 88:2; Mc 1:2; Hab 2:20
8Those who cherish worthless idols2:8 2Kg 17:15; Ps 31:6; Jr 16:18
abandon their faithful love,2:8 Ps 31:6
9but as for me, I will sacrifice2:9 Ps 50:14,23; Jr 33:11; Hs 14:2 to you
with a voice of thanksgiving.2:9 Ps 26:7
I will fulfill2:9 Jb 22:27; Ps 22:25; 116:14,18; Ec 5:4–5 what I have vowed.
Salvation2:9 Or Deliverance belongs to the Lord.2:9 Ps 3:8; Is 12:2; 45:17; Rv 7:10
10Then the Lord commanded the fish,2:10 Jnh 1:17 and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.