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Jonah 2

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The prayer of Jonah.

2:1 Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly.

2:2 He said,

“I called because of my affliction to Yahweh.
He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried.
You heard my voice.

2:3 For you threw me into the depths,
in the heart of the seas.
The flood was all around me.
All your waves and your billows passed over me.

2:4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;
yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

2:5 The waters surrounded me,
even to the soul.
The deep was around me.
The weeds were wrapped around my head.

2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains.
The earth barred me in forever:
yet have you brought up my life from the pit, Yahweh my God.

2:7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered Yahweh.
My prayer came in to you, into your holy temple.

2:8 Those who regard lying vanities
forsake their own mercy.

2:9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving.
I will pay that which I have vowed.
Salvation belongs to Yahweh.”

He is delivered out of the belly of the fish.

2:10 Yahweh spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.

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