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Jonah, chapter 2, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 2

New English Translation


   1 Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish 2 and said, "I called out to the LORD from my distress, and he answered me; from the belly of Sheol I cried out for help, and you heard my prayer.
   3 You threw me into the deep waters, into the middle of the sea; the ocean current engulfed me; all the mighty waves you sent swept over me.
   4 I thought I had been banished from your sight, that I would never again see your holy temple!
   5 Water engulfed me up to my neck; the deep ocean surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
   6 I went down to the very bottoms of the mountains; the gates of the netherworld barred me in forever; but you brought me up from the Pit, O LORD, my God.
   7 When my life was ebbing away, I called out to the LORD, and my prayer came to your holy temple.
   8 Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs.
   9 But as for me, I promise to offer a sacrifice to you with a public declaration of praise; I will surely do what I have promised. Salvation belongs to the LORD!"
   10 Then the LORD commanded the fish and it disgorged Jonah on dry land.

King James Version


   1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
   2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
   3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
   4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
   5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, 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 for ever: yet hast thou 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 in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
   8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
   9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
   10 ¶ And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
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