Jonah 2

Jonah's Prayer

1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,

2 saying,
x "I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
y out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
z and you heard my voice.
3 a For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
b all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
4 c Then I said, 'I am driven away
from your sight;
d yet I shall again look
upon your holy temple.'
5 e The waters closed in over me f to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
6 at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
O Lord my God.
7 When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
g and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
8 h Those who pay regard to vain idols
i forsake their hope of steadfast love.
9 j But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
k Salvation belongs to the Lord!"

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 3:4
    I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
    Psalms 120:1
    In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
    Lamentations 3:55
    I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 118:5
    Out of my distress I called on the Lord ; the Lord answered me and set me free.
  3. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:56
    You heard my plea, 'Do not close your ear to my cry for help!
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 88:6 - 7
    You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 42:7
    Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 31:22
    I had said in my alarm, "I am cut off from your sight." But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
  7. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:35
    When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and acknowledge your name and turn from their sin, when you afflict them.
    1 Kings 8:38
    Whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house.
  8. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:54
    Water closed over my head; I said, 'I am lost.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 69:1
    Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
  10. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 30:27
    Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 31:6
    I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord.
    2 Kings 17:15
    They despised his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers and the warnings that he gave them. They went after false idols and became false, and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them that they should not do like them.
    Jeremiah 2:5
    Thus says the Lord : "What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:13
    For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 50:14
    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.
    Hosea 14:2
    Take with you words and return to the Lord ; say to him, "Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips.
    Hebrews 13:15
    Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 3:8
    Salvation belongs to the Lord ; your blessing be on your people! Selah
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