Main point summary
Jonah prayed to God, promising to worship him with thanksgiving because he saved him from death; therefore, the Lord delivered him from the fish, too.
Jonah 2 (Jan. 11/19)
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,
x “I called out to the Lord , out of my distress,
and he answered me;
y out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
z and you heard my voice.
a For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
b all your waves and your billows passed over me.
c Then I said,
‘I am driven away from your sight;
d yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’
e The waters closed in over me
f to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.
When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord ,
g and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
h Those who pay regard to vain idols i forsake their hope of steadfast love.
j But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
k Salvation belongs to the Lord !”
And the Lord spoke to the fish,
and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
The Lord rescued Jonah from death because he cried out with faith.
The Lord rescued Jonah from the pit because he prayed to him.
The Lord rescued Jonah from death because he prayed with faith.
Though idol-worshippers forsake any hope of God's covenant faithfulness, Jonah will thank the Lord, because salvation belongs to him.
The Lord rescued Jonah; therefore, Jonah will worship God with thanksgiving, unlike idol-worshippers.