Jonah owned up to his sin and called on the Lord for help, trusting that only the Lord could save him.

BibleGateway: Jonah 2:1-10

ESV Text: Jonah 2:1-10

Jonah 2 (Listen)

Jonah’s Prayer

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

  “I 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.
  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.
  Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
  yet I shall again look
    upon your holy temple.’
  The waters closed in over me 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,
  and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
  Those who pay regard to vain idols
    forsake their hope of steadfast love.
  But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
  what I have vowed I will pay.
    Salvation belongs to the LORD!”

10 And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

     10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 323:
With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh — Organ Audio

1. With broken heart and contrite sigh, 
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry. 
Thy pardoning grace is rich and free,– 
O God, be merciful to me! 

2. I smite upon my troubled breast, 
With deep and conscious guilt opprest: 
Christ and His cross my only plea,– 
O God, be merciful to me! 

3. Far off I stand with tearful eyes 
Nor dare uplift them to the skies; 
But Thou dost all my anguish see,– 
O God, be merciful to me! 

4. Nor alms nor deeds that I have done 
Can for a single sin atone. 
To Calvary alone I flee,– 
O God, be merciful to me! 

5. And when, redeemed from sin and hell, 
With all the ransomed throng I dwell, 
My raptured song shall ever be, 
O God, be merciful to me!