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Jonah 2:1

    Jonah 2:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then Jonah prayed unto Jehovah his God out of the fish's belly.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Jonah made prayer to the Lord his God from the inside of the fish, and said,

    Webster's Revision

    Then Jonah prayed unto Jehovah his God out of the fish's belly.

    World English Bible

    Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish's belly.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jonah 2:1

    Then Jonah prayed - out of the fish's belly - This verse makes the first of the second chapter in the Hebrew text.

    It may be asked, "How could Jonah either pray or breathe in the stomach of the fish?" Very easily, if God so willed it. And let the reader keep this constantly in view; the whole is a miracle, from Jonah's being swallowed by the fish till he was cast ashore by the same animal. It was God that had prepared the great fish. It was the Lord that spake to the fish, and caused it to vomit Jonah upon the dry land. All is miracle.

    Barnes' Notes on Jonah 2:1

    Then - ("And") Jonah prayed, i. e., when the three days and nights were passed, he uttered this devotion. The word "prayed" includes thanksgiving, not petition only. It is said of Hannah that she "prayed" 1 Samuel 2:1; but her canticle is all one thanksgiving without a single petition. In this thanksgiving Jonah says how his prayers had been heard, but prays no more. God had delivered him from the sea, and be thanks God, in the fish's belly, as undisturbed as in a Church or an oratory, secure that God, who had done so much, would fulfill the rest. He called God, "his" God, who had in so many ways shown Himself to be His, by His revelations, by His inspirations, by His chastisements, and now by His mercy . "From these words, 'Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly,' we perceive that, after he felt himself safe in the fish's belly, he despaired not of God's mercy."