Jonah 2:8

“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They that obserue lying vanities, forsake their owne mercy.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They that regard lying vanities Forsake their own mercy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The worshippers of false gods have given up their only hope.
- Basic English Bible

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
- Darby Bible

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
- Webster's Bible

Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
- World English Bible

Those observing lying vanities their own mercy forsake.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(2:9) They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 2:8

2:8 They - Whoever they are that depend upon idols. Mercy - The Lord, who is to all that depend upon him, the fountain of living waters; who is an eternal fountain of mercy, and flows freely to all that wait for him.

Discussion for Jonah 2

  • Tracy Graham
    Jonah proved that hell was not a place of luxury neither is it a personal decision that a person would make on their own. To top it off jonah couldn't get out until God made that decision but thanks to God he has given us the privilege to go to him in prayer. Yet if we go to hell there is nothing God himself can do to change it.
  • Nicole
    This is truly a special passage. Again God's mercy extended. How overwhelming his soul was in torment. Just a few minutes seem unbearable but Jonah was the belly for three days. Think about the soul agony. Jesus was in hell 3 days and nights, separated from his father even as Jonah was cut of from the land of the living.Jesus did that for us, Jonah shed a little light on the souls agony in hell, down in the deep heart of the earth. God's plan of salvation is mercy and grace to spare us from such. He extends it and we must accept it in order to avoid sins consequence. i am quite sure 3 days was a long time, almost loosing hope and despair, but eternity has no end.
  • Jonah's prayer is a prophesy of Christ's descent into hell. This verse tells us that those who look to or depend on anyone or anything other than God will forfeit the Grace The gift that is salvation that could b Be theirs.
  • Happie brown
    To my own opinion I think Jonah was trying to tell us that stress is another way God can use to draw us back to him and help us to redefine our priorities! Weather in Happiness or stress stick to God and you will eat the best of Him!
  • Cary 69 for verse 8
    Some think lying vanities was Jonah listening to him going the opposite way then where God told him to Go. That is "LIARLAND ". Like Disney land. Oh! We will have fun. It 'll cost you! Check your billfold. Oh my, I 'm over my limit with God. He caused trouble it affected others. The knew he was the prophet Jonah. Then tossed him over...not a shark thank God or he would have been gone. Even in the whale, his minutes was numbered. Yes, God has everything under control. He couldn 't see....but he could FEEL, SMELL, HEAR BETTER NOW, THINK CLEARER NOW. BUT THE GOURD TREE OF God 's GRACIOUS kindness DIED. AFTER ALL HE STILL WAS DOING GOD 'S WILL OUT OF PROTEST. Finally God had a come to Jesus meeting with him. History records that Nineveh repented. But later rebelled. As Paul Harvey never said. That 's the end of the Story!
  • I also think this verse means,we christians should not work according to our sensory perceptions,only then will our needed miracles manifest.For,the devil is liar!and everything he does has always been in opposition to what the word of God says about us.

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