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Jonah, chapter 2, New English Translation

Chapter 2


   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.
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