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Jonah 2

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Jonah 2

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

1Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2saying,

"I called to the Lord, out of my distress,

and he answered me;

out of the belly of Sheol I cried,

and thou didst hear my voice.

3For thou didst cast me into the deep,

into the heart of the seas,

and the flood was round about me;

all thy waves and thy billows

passed over me.

4Then I said, 'I am cast out

from thy presence;

how shall I again look

upon thy holy temple?'

5The waters closed in over me,

the deep was round about me;

weeds were wrapped about my head

6at the roots of the mountains.

I went down to the land

whose bars closed upon me for ever;

yet thou didst bring up my life from the Pit,

Lord my God.

7When my soul fainted within me,

I remembered the Lord;

and my prayer came to thee,

into thy holy temple.

8Those who pay regard to vain idols

forsake their true loyalty.

9But I with the voice of thanksgiving

will sacrifice to thee;

what I have vowed I will pay.

Deliverance belongs to the Lord!"

10And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.