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

  • Grateful Servant
    Someone is lying on the Bible and has no Truth in him!!!! John 37.And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
  • Bridget
    The trails of Jonah are a testament to how powerful our GOD is! Turn away from GOD and he will show you your faults. He will lay you bare and knock you low so that when your knees bow unto him you will confess the GLORY that is GOD and hearken unto him. He will be your savings grace by reaching down in the mist of your storm and pulling you onto dry land!
  • 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.
  • Darlene
    Jonah was told from Jesus to go preach the gospel in one City but he ran from Jesus even tho he could not hide from him . So he rebelled against Jesus and The Lord allowed Jonah to be swallowed up in the belly of the whale (big fish) . For 3-day's
  • Obbie Beal
    GOD had to get Jonah attention again and it was not hard for GOD to it. In 2018 GOD is still having to (2nd time) get the attention of those who HE has give a specific task to perform. WOW! WOW! WOW!


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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