2 a From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I calleda to the Lord,b
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the deadc I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,d
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your wavese and breakers
swept over me.f
4 I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;g
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’h
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,b
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.i
6 To the roots of the mountainsj I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.k
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I rememberedl you, Lord,
and my prayerm rose to you,
to your holy temple.n
8 “Those who cling to worthless idolso
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,p
will sacrificeq to you.
What I have vowedr I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvations comes from the Lord.’ ”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
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