Old Testament

Jonah 2
Jonah's Prayer
21Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish. 2He said the following:
In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From the belly of the grave I cried out,
and you heard my voice.
3You threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas.
The currents swept around[] me.
All your breakers and your waves swept over me.
4I said, “I have been driven away from your sight.
Nevertheless, I will once again look toward your holy temple.”
5Waters engulfed me so that I was near death.
The deep surrounded me.
Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6To the roots of the mountains I sank down.
The earth locked me behind its bars forever.
But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord, my God.
7When my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord.
My prayer came to you, to your holy temple.
8Those who cling to worthless idols forsake the mercy that is theirs.
9But I, with a shout of thanksgiving, will indeed sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed, I will certainly pay in full.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!
10Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.


  • 2:3 The Hebrew word can mean surround with protection, but the context seems to refer to something threatening.