Jonah prays to the Lord
1From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God:
2When I was in trouble, Lord,
I prayed to you,
and you listened to me.
From deep in the world
of the dead,
I begged for your help,
and you answered my prayer.
3You threw me down
to the bottom of the sea.
The water was churning
all around;
I was completely covered
by your mighty waves.
4I thought I was swept away
from your sight,
never again to see
your holy temple.
5I was almost drowned
by the swirling waters
that surrounded me.
Seaweed had wrapped
around my head.
6I had sunk down below
the underwater mountains;
I knew that for ever,
I would be a prisoner there.
But, you, Lord God,
rescued me from that pit.
7When my life was slipping away,
I remembered you—
and in your holy temple
you heard my prayer.
8All who worship worthless idols
turn from the God
who offers them mercy.
9But with shouts of praise,
I will offer a sacrifice
to you, my Lord.
I will keep my promise,
because you are the one
with power to save.
10The Lord commanded the fish to vomit up Jonah on the shore. And it did.
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