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Jonah Chapter 2: Jonah Is Spewed Forth by the Whale
Jonah Is Spewed Forth by the Whale
Jonah 2

1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

 


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Matthew Henry's Jonah Chapter 2 Bible commentary...



The prayer of Jonah. (1-9) He is delivered from the fish. (10)1-9 Observe when Jonah prayed. When he was in trouble, under the tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin: when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed. A sense of God's good-will to us, notwithstanding our offences, opens the lips in prayer, which were closed with the dread of wrath. Also, where he prayed; in the belly of the fish. No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with God. To whom he prayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders to return. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experience and reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the form or substance of his prayer. Jonah reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who might justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit him more. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own and favour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believer copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.

10 Jonah's deliverance may be considered as an instance of God's power over all the creatures. As an instance of God's mercy to a poor penitent, who in distress prays to him: and as a type and figure of Christ's resurrection. Amidst all our varying experiences, and the changing scenes of life; we should look by faith, fixedly, upon our once suffering and dying, but now risen and ascended Redeemer. Let us confess our sins, consider Christ's resurrection as an earnest of our own, and thankfully receive every temporal and spiritual deliverance, as the pledge of our eternal redemption.

 


Recent Comments for Jonah Chapter 2...

 


Christy's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 4/24/2014, 7:42am...

Lying vanities are those things that we observe When we walk by sight ....We should focus on God but not on what we see or the circumstances around us. Just because you feel pain in your body it doesn 't mean that you are sick Isaiah 33 24, Isaiah 3 4 5 . Or just because you don 't have money in your bank account, it doesn 't mean that you are poor or broke 2 Cor 8 9 . We should walk by faith and not by sight. Believe on God 's word.

 


Evodia's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 3/10/2014, 2:55pm...

If one run away from God He will use other means to bring him back to Him

 


Sister KK's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 1/20/2014, 3:53pm...

That is confirmation Minister Jeff Davis's, My Brother Apostle Robert Atkins ministered on Jonah Chapter 2 and his concept of Jonah, and he said that God Truley protect Jonah by having the Great Fish(whale) swallow him, although Jonah thought he was in prison, he was saved by Gods amazing Grace and mercy.

 


Sherron singleton's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 1/06/2014, 1:51pm...

Johnah. Was on the run when God called him, e figured well he could slide, just the same wen God called some of his children, they ain't ready, sin walks in, an God will have his way, He made us in his likeness, his DNA sin us from, God says I will never leave u nor forsake u even to the very end,,,so Jonah ad to c all that excuse, didn't make sense, repent, but God only but God,,,

 


Chaplain Bob Walker's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 12/20/2013, 11:04pm...

Funny how Jonah went West when told to go East to Assyria. Gets swallowed by a great fish (Whale) and gets spit out on the shore of Assyria maybe in front of fisherman. The god of Assyria was Dagon Assur the fish god. Surely their god has sent them a prophet they must have thought. So they listened to Jonah and repented.

 


Jim's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 12/07/2013, 9:01am...

when GOD speaks we must obey or he will put us in a place that we have to trust & obey in GOD not in self Jonah came to the end of himself he had no hope in saving his self it was the end when we come to that place in our lives we then are a candidate to be saved when we turn to GOD with a hole hart GOD use me don't refuse me

 


Neff's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 12/04/2013, 12:42pm...

You could think Jonah has repented if you did not read on. Chapter 2 is all about Jonah and what he has to say to stop God from "afflicting" him.

 


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1.  What was Jonah referring to when he said, 'They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy'?


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