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.