Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly.
And he said:
"I a cried out to the LORD because of my affliction,
b And He answered me.
"Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice.
c For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
d All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
e Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight;
Yet I will look again f toward Your holy temple.'
The g waters surrounded me, even to my soul;
The deep closed around me;
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
I went down to the moorings of the mountains;
The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
Yet You have brought up my h life from the pit,
O LORD, my God.
"When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the LORD;
i And my prayer went up to You,
Into Your holy temple.
"Those who regard j worthless idols
Forsake their own Mercy.
But I will k sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have l vowed.
m Salvation is of the n LORD."
So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
1 Samuel 30:6
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
In my distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me.
I called on Your name, O LORD, From the lowest pit.
O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.
You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
For I said in my haste, "I am cut off from before Your eyes"; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried out to You.
And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren - the whole posterity of Ephraim.
1 Kings 8:38
Whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple:
2 Chronicles 6:38
And when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name:
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
The waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!
He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
2 Chronicles 30:27
Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
2 Kings 17:15
And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.
I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the LORD.
But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.
Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.
The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: "Praise the LORD of hosts, For the LORD is good, For His mercy endures forever" - and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,' says the LORD.
Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed -
Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
But Israel shall be saved by the LORD With an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.
Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the LORD our God Is the salvation of Israel.