Jonah 2

Jonah's prayer

1 From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.

2 He said,

‘I was really afraid.

So I spoke to the Lord about my trouble.

And he answered me.

From the deep hole, I shouted for help.

And you listened when I cried.

2:2Jonah went down far under the water. He was nearly dead. He felt like someone who was going into a deep hole. This may mean a place that is far away from God.

3 You threw me into the deep water.

I fell into the middle of the sea.

The water moved all round me.

It carried me along.

The high water came down over me.

The white water covered my head.

4 I said,

“You have sent me away so that you can no longer see me.

But I will look again towards the place where I can worship you.”

5 The water all round me made me afraid.

The deep water caused me to think that my life was in danger.

Plants in the sea very nearly covered my head.

6 I went far down in the water.

I went down to the ground.

I could not go any deeper.

I did not know how I would ever come up again.

But you brought me up from the deep hole.

You are my Lord, my God.

7 While I was dying, I remembered you, Lord.

I prayed. And you heard me in the place where I can worship you.

8 Some people want to keep things that have no value.

They worship them.

So they do not receive God's love that could be for them.

9 But I will give sacrifices to you.

I will sing and I will thank you.

I will do what I have promised to do.

The Lord has saved me.’

10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish. The fish caused Jonah to leave its stomach and to come back out of its mouth. Jonah landed on to the dry ground.