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Jonah 2:5

    Jonah 2:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; The deep was round about me; The weeds were wrapped about my head.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The waters were circling round me, even to the neck; the deep was about me; the sea-grass was twisted round my head.

    Webster's Revision

    The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; The deep was round about me; The weeds were wrapped about my head.

    World English Bible

    The waters surrounded me, even to the soul. The deep was around me. The weeds were wrapped around my head.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; the deep was round about me; the weeds were wrapped about my head.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jonah 2:5

    The waters compassed me about even to the soul - So as to seem to deprive me of life. I had no hope left.

    The weeds were wrapped about my head - This may be understood literally also. He found himself in the fish's stomach, together with sea weeds, and such like marine substances, which the fish had taken for its aliment.

    Barnes' Notes on Jonah 2:5

    The waters compassed me about even to the soul - Words which to others were figures of distress (Psalm 69:2. See the introduction to Jonah), "the waters have come even to the soul," were to Jonah realities. Sunk in the deep seas, the water strove to penetrate at every opening. To draw breath, which sustains life, to him would have been death. There was but a breath between him and death. "The deep encompassed me," encircling, meeting him wherever he turned, holding him imprisoned on every side, so that there was no escape, and, if there otherwise had been, he was bound motionless, "the weed was wrapped around my head, like a grave-band." "The weed" was the well known seaweed, which, even near the surface of the sea where man can struggle, twines round him, a peril even to the strong swimmer, entangling him often the more, the more he struggles to extricate himself from it. But to one below, powerless to struggle, it was as his winding sheet.

    Wesley's Notes on Jonah 2:5

    2:5 The weeds - It seems to mean, my case was as hopeless as that of a man wrapt about with weeds in the depth of the sea.