Jonas 2

1 [^1] From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

2 He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, ¶ and he answered me. ¶ From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, ¶ and you listened to my cry.

3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, ¶ and the currents swirled about me; ¶ all your waves and breakers ¶ swept over me.

4 I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; ¶ yet I will look again ¶ toward your holy temple.'

5 The engulfing waters threatened me, [^2] the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. ¶ But you, LORD my God, ¶ brought my life up from the pit.

7 "When my life was ebbing away, ¶ I remembered you, LORD, ¶ and my prayer rose to you, ¶ to your holy temple.

8 "Those who cling to worthless idols ¶ turn away from God's love for them.

9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. ¶ What I have vowed I will make good. ¶ I will say, 'Salvation comes from the LORD.'"

10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

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