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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

  • 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
  • Tracy Graham
    Jonah proved that hell was not a place of luxury neither is it a personal decision that a person would make on their own. To top it off jonah couldn't get out until God made that decision but thanks to God he has given us the privilege to go to him in prayer. Yet if we go to hell there is nothing God himself can do to change it.
  • Nicole
    This is truly a special passage. Again God's mercy extended. How overwhelming his soul was in torment. Just a few minutes seem unbearable but Jonah was the belly for three days. Think about the soul agony. Jesus was in hell 3 days and nights, separated from his father even as Jonah was cut of from the land of the living.Jesus did that for us, Jonah shed a little light on the souls agony in hell, down in the deep heart of the earth. God's plan of salvation is mercy and grace to spare us from such. He extends it and we must accept it in order to avoid sins consequence. i am quite sure 3 days was a long time, almost loosing hope and despair, but eternity has no end.
  • Jonah's prayer is a prophesy of Christ's descent into hell. This verse tells us that those who look to or depend on anyone or anything other than God will forfeit the Grace The gift that is salvation that could b Be theirs.

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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