Jonah 2

1 Then Joʹnah prayed to Jehovah his God from the belly of the fish,

2 and he said: “Out of my distress I called out to Jehovah, and he answered me. Out of the depths of the Grave I cried for help. You heard my voice.

3 When you threw me to the depths, into the heart of the open sea, then the currents engulfed me. All your breakers and waves swept over me.

4 And I said, ‘I have been driven away from your sight! How will I gaze again upon your holy temple?’

5 Waters engulfed me and threatened my life; the watery deep closed in on me. Weeds were wrapped around my head.

6 To the bottoms of the mountains I sank down. The bars of the earth were closing upon me forever. But out of the pit you brought up my life, O Jehovah my God.

7 When my life was ebbing away, Jehovah was the One whom I remembered. Then my prayer came in to you, into your holy temple.

8 Those who are devoted to the worthless idols forsake their source of loyal love.

9 But as for me, with the voice of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed, I will pay. Salvation is from Jehovah.”

10 In time Jehovah commanded the fish, and it vomited Joʹnah out onto the dry land.

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