Jonah Part 3: The Prophet’s Prayer and God’s Grace (Jonah 1:17-2:10)
Verses 1-2– The Lord hears and answers your prayers.
1 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish:
2 I called to the Lord in my distress,
and he answered me.
I cried out for help from deep inside Sheol;
you heard my voice.
Verses 3-6– The Lord disciplines us for our own good.
3 You threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas,
and the current overcame me.
All your breakers and your billows swept over me.
4 But I said, “I have been banished
from your sight,
yet I will look once more
toward your holy temple.
5 The water engulfed me up to the neck;
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 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!
Verses 7-9– The Lord saves those who call on his name.
7 As my life was fading away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
to your holy temple.
8 Those who cherish worthless idols
abandon their faithful love,
9 but as for me, I will sacrifice to you
with a voice of thanksgiving.
I will fulfill what I have vowed.
Salvation belongs to the Lord.”
The Lord continues to work out His plans.
1:17 The Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
2:10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.