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Jonah 2:1-3:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Jonah’s Prayer

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish:

I called to the Lord in my distress,
and he answered me.
I cried out for help from deep inside[a] Sheol;
you heard my voice.
When you threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas,
the current[b] overcame me.
All your breakers and your billows swept over me.
And I said, “I have been banished
from your sight,
yet I will look[c] once more
toward your holy temple.”
The water engulfed me up to the neck;[d]
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I sank to the foundations of the mountains,
the earth’s gates shut behind me forever!
Then you raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God!
As my life was fading away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
to your holy temple.
Those who cherish worthless idols
abandon their faithful love,
but as for me, I will sacrifice to you
with a voice of thanksgiving.
I will fulfill what I have vowed.
Salvation[e] belongs to the Lord.

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah’s Preaching

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach the message that I tell you.” Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the Lord’s command.

Now Nineveh was an extremely great city,[f] a three-day walk. Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be demolished!”


  1. 2:2 Lit from the stomach of
  2. 2:3 Lit river
  3. 2:4 LXX reads sight. Will I look...?
  4. 2:5 Or me, threatening my life
  5. 2:9 Or Deliverance
  6. 3:3 Or was a great city to God
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