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1 Then Ionah prayed vnto the Lord his God, out of the fishes belly,

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction vnto the Lord, and hee heard mee; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voyce.

3 For thou hadst cast mee into the deepe, in the middest of the Seas, and the floods compassed me about: all thy billowes & thy waues passed ouer me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will looke againe toward thy holy Temple.

5 The waters compassed mee about euen to the soule; the depth closed mee round about; the weedes were wrapt about my head.

6 I went downe to the bottomes of the mountaines: the earth with her barres was about me for euer: yet hast thou brought vp my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

7 When my soule fainted within mee, I remembred the Lord, and my prayer came in vnto thee, into thine holy Temple.

8 They that obserue lying vanities, forsake their owne mercy.

9 But I wil sacrifice vnto thee with the voice of thanksgiuing, I will pay that that I haue vowed: saluation is of the Lord.

10 ¶ And the Lord spake vnto the fish, and it vomited out Ionah vpon the drie land.

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Commentary for Jonah 2

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jonah 2

  • Stephen B
    Jehovah of the Old Testament is indeed the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament! Darlene is correct.
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    The wicked misrepresents itself saying, Jesus didn’t tell Jonah anything it was GOD THE GREAT I AM THAT I AM. Yet the very Scripture here says (But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.) and (Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.)
  • Truth
    Jesus didn’t tell Jonah anything it was GOD THE GREAT I AM THAT I AM SISTER DARLENE. Let’s not misrepresent the scripture that’s why people are so confused today
  • WP
    He was dead and in hell and God brought him back to life and redeemed him.
  • GDC
    In answer to Jaasiel....Matthew 12:40
    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
  • Jaasiel
    As I read this I had to realize that all my life I was told that Jonah was swallowed by a whale . But,now as I read this it says "Jonah was swallowed by a great fish" it nevers said he was swallowed by a whale.

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