1While Jonah was inside the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said,
2“When I was in danger,
I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
I was about to die,
so I cried to you,
and you heard my voice.
3You threw me into the sea,
down, down into the deep sea.
The water was all around me,
and your powerful waves flowed over me.
4I said, ‘I was driven out of your presence,
but I hope to see your Holy Temple again.’
5The waters of the sea closed around my throat.
The deep sea was all around me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6When I went down to where the mountains of the sea start to rise,
I thought I was locked in this prison forever,
but you saved me from the pit of death,
Lord my God.
7“When my life had almost gone,
I remembered the Lord.
I prayed to you,
and you heard my prayers in your Holy Temple.
8“People who worship useless idols
give up their loyalty to you.
9But I will praise and thank you
while I give sacrifices to you,
and I will keep my promises to you.
Salvation comes from the Lord!”
10Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and the fish threw up Jonah onto the dry land.
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