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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.

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

  • A disciple
    Jonah repented from inside the fish, and was then vomited out. Whatever he was before he was thrown into the sea; he wasn't anymore! Jonah's calling and anointing came again, and his word was with power! I love the story of Jonah! What a great and bold Prophet! He went to the Capital heathen city and the most terrible people in the world; and the Word of God pronouncing their doom broke them!
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    After Jonah was spit out on dry land after being in the belly of the whale, he might have referred to himself as a really "STINKING PREACHER" that really needed for the Lord to clean him up on the inside as well as the outside so he could be used as a vessel of honor for His honor and glory.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: Jonah was determined to pay his vow no matter how difficult it would be for him.
  • Lucille
    Jonah was disobedience to God clear call put the sinners around him in danger when we disobey the thing God clearly tell us we put unsaved peopl maybe even those we love in danger jus believe that God did
  • Lucille
    Jonah knew what he had done he wanted to see if he could get away with it but God was waiting to meet him at his Arrival you can alway run but you can't hide from your mistake
  • Lucille
    10veser but God was waiting to meet Jonah at his Arrival you can always run but you can't hide from you God and you cannot hide from your mistake
  • Victor
    Just as jonah was in affliction and cried to God for his mercies, in the same way if anyone is going through a difficult situation that seemed like being in hell, look at God's mercies and not the lying vanities that compassed you about, give thanks to God and continue to look at the perfect law of liberty. you will get back to the life of the living and come out of 'hellish situations'
  • Leye Isola
    Within this book we have the deep into understanding of the mission of Christ to descend to hell to preach salvation

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Bible Trivia

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