1 * Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. 2 He said,
“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble,
and he answered me.
I called to you from the land of the dead,*
and Lord, you heard me!
and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
The mighty waters engulfed me;
I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.
Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’
and the waters closed over me.
Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
I was imprisoned in the earth,
whose gates lock shut forever.
But you, O Lord my God,
snatched me from the jaws of death!
I remembered the Lord.
And my earnest prayer went out to you
in your holy Temple.
turn their backs on all God’s mercies.
and I will fulfill all my vows.
For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”
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