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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.

8They 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...


Betty's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 11/18/2014, 7:28am...

i think it is giving attention to symptoms and circumstances, instead of believing God 's Word alone.


Johnson Odaji's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 10/24/2014, 6:06am...

Jonah 2 8 lying vanities is looking at the situation around you. Jonah was in a deep sheet and he refused to look at the circumstance surrounding him rather he make God his focus and contemplation.


Patrick Kyei's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 9/24/2014, 3:15pm...

Jonah although erred, he still confesses his sin. His reason for running from the divine errand may sound potent in ears he was afraid to go to Nineveh because they kill some of the prophets of Israel . For fear death, he turned the direction. The book of proverbs says that there is a way that seem right before man but the end there off is death. God had Mercy on him even while in the fishes belly.


Peter Yoila Neple's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 8/09/2014, 9:51am...

Jonah accepted his fault and God granted him mercy. If he had lied God won 't have pardoned him.


Charles Toworfe's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 5/13/2014, 7:15am...

A steadfast look at the crucified One will never look in vain at the great physician. Jesus Christ is the great physician. There is never a disease HE can not heal, there is never a problem HE can not solve and there is never a burden HE can not bear. Jesus Christ is the SOLUTION to all fundamental issues of life. Now observing lying vanities means the Christian is looking else where for help. In other words, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is lacking. The Christian is dwelling on the flesh thereby focuses on material help. The resultant effect is to miss Grace from the Lord for the pain in question.


Ric S. Malit's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 5/12/2014, 10:24pm...

It is very hard to obey God to love and minister to our enemies. Hence, God will allow trials and afflictions for us to realize that it is our sacred duty to obey God even if we do 't understand Him. While passing through the storm of our life, we remember the goodness and mercy of God in spite of what we are. Then we understood His will.


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.


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

Those who use a mirror are sinners
Those who lie don't receive God's mercy
Those who worship other things don't receive God's mercy
Sin results in God's mercy


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