Bible: Jonah 2:1-9

2:1 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish 2:2 and said,

I 1  called out to the Lord from my distress,

and he answered me; 2 

from the belly of Sheol 3  I cried out for help,

and you heard my prayer. 4 

2:3 You threw me 5  into the deep waters, 6 

into the middle 7  of the sea; 8 

the ocean current 9  engulfed 10  me;

all the mighty waves 11  you sent 12  swept 13  over me. 14 

2:4 I thought 15  I had been banished from your sight, 16 

that I would never again 17  see your holy temple! 18 

2:5 Water engulfed me up to my neck; 19 

the deep ocean 20  surrounded me;

seaweed 21  was wrapped around my head.

2:6 I went down 22  to the very bottoms 23  of the mountains; 24 

the gates 25  of the netherworld 26  barred me in 27  forever; 28 

but you brought me 29  up from the Pit, 30  O Lord, my God.

2:7 When my life 31  was ebbing away, 32  I called out to 33  the Lord,

and my prayer came to your holy temple. 34 

2:8 Those who worship 35  worthless idols 36  forfeit the mercy that could be theirs. 37 

2:9 But as for me, I promise to offer a sacrifice to you with a public declaration 38  of praise; 39 

I will surely do 40  what I have promised. 41 

Salvation 42  belongs to the Lord! 43 

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