1Now Adonai prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah’s Prayer of Distress
2Then Jonah prayed to Adonai his God from the belly of the fish,
3saying: “From my distress I cried to Adonai and He answered me. From the belly of Sheol I cried for help and you heard my voice.
4For you hurled me from the deep into the heart of the seas, and currents swirled around me. All your waves and your breakers swept over me.”
5And I said, “I have been banished from before your eyes. Yet I will continue to look toward your holy Temple.”
6Waters surrounded me up to my soul. The deep sea engulfed me— reeds clung to my head.
7To the bottoms of the mountains I went down. The earth with her bars was around me, forever! Yet You brought my life up from the Pit, Adonai my God.
8As my soul was fading from me, I remembered Adonai and my prayer came to You, toward Your holy Temple.
9Those who watch worthless empty things forsake their mercy.
10But I, with a voice of thanks will sacrifice to you. What I vowed, I will pay. Salvation is from Adonai.”
11Then Adonai spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto the dry land.