From the Belly of the Fish

(21st October 2012)

Jonah 2:1-7 

2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying,

ā€œI called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
3 For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
4 Then I said, ā€˜I am driven away
from your sight;
yet I shall again look
upon your holy temple.ā€™
5 The waters closed in over me to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
6 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.
7 When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.

(ESV)