Jonah 2

Jonah’s Prayer

1 From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God:
2 When I was in trouble, Lord,
    I prayed to you,
        and you listened to me.
    From deep in the world
        of the dead,
    I begged for your help,
        and you answered my prayer.

3 You threw me down
        to the bottom of the sea.
    The water was churning
        all around;
    I was completely covered
        by your mighty waves.
4 I thought I was swept away
        from your sight,
    never again to see
        your holy temple.

5 I was almost drowned
    by the swirling waters
        that surrounded me.
    Seaweed had wrapped
        around my head.
6 I had sunk down below
        the underwater mountains;
    I knew that forever,
        I would be a prisoner there.

    But, you, Lord God,
        rescued me from that pit.
7 When my life was slipping away,
        I remembered you—
    and in your holy temple
        you heard my prayer.

8 All who worship worthless idols
    turn from the God
        who offers them mercy.
9 But with shouts of praise,
    I will offer a sacrifice
        to you, my Lord.
    I will keep my promise,
    because you are the one
        with power to save.
10 The Lord commanded the fish to vomit up Jonah on the shore. And it did.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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