Jonah Prays to the Lord
1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2He said, "When I was in trouble, I called out to you.
And you answered me.
When I had almost drowned,
I called out for help.
And you listened to my cry.
3You threw me into the Mediterranean Sea.
I was in the middle of its waters.
They were all around me.
All of your rolling waves
were sweeping over me.
4I said, 'I have been driven away from you.
But I will look again
toward your holy temple in Jerusalem.'
5I had almost drowned in the waves.
The deep waters were all around me.
Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6I sank down to the bottom of the mountains.
I thought I had died
and gone down into the grave forever.
But you brought my life up
from the very edge of the pit.
You are the Lord my God.
7"When my life was nearly over,
I remembered you, Lord.
My prayer rose up to you.
It reached you in your holy temple in heaven.
8"Some people worship the worthless statues of their gods.
They turn away from the grace
you want to give them.
9But I will sacrifice a thank offering to you.
And I will sing a song of thanks.
I will do what I have promised.
Lord, you are the one who saves."
10The Lord gave the fish a command. And it spit Jonah up onto dry land.