1 Then the Lord ordained that a large fish would swallow Jonah and he remained in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
Prayer of Deliverance[a]
2 Then from the belly of the fish Jonah offered this prayer to the Lord, his God:
3 In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From the belly of the netherworld I cried out for help,
and you heard my voice.
4 For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the sea,
and the flood enveloped me;
all your waves and your billows swept over me.
5 Then I thought, “I have been banished from your sight.
Will I ever be allowed again
to look upon your holy temple?”
6 The waters around me rose to my neck,
and the deep was closing around me;
seaweed was twined around my head.
7 Down I plunged to the roots of the mountains,
sinking to the netherworld
whose bars would imprison me forever.
But you brought me up alive from the pit,
O Lord, my God.
8 As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer reached you
in your holy temple.
9 Those who worship false gods
abandon the source of their mercy.
10 But I with hymns of praise
will offer sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will fulfill.
Salvation comes from the Lord.
11 Then, in response to a command from the Lord, the fish spewed Jonah out upon the land.
- Jonah 2:2 The author inserts, here, an appeal whose images give a vivid description of every kind of distress (see Ps 69:1-2, 15).