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Jonah 2


Detail of the Jonah Sarcophagus. Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz. Photo Marco Prins. The Biblical book of Jonah tells the charming, all too human story about a prophet who reluctantly does his job. A brief introduction can be found here.

The translation offered here is the Revised Standard Version. The pictures are from a Christian sarcophagus.
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Detail of the Jonah Sarcophagus. Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz. Photo Marco Prins. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

"I called to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol [1] I cried, and thou didst hear my voice.
For thou didst cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas,
and the flood was round about me;
all thy waves and thy billows passed over me.
Then I said, 'I am cast out from thy presence;
how shall I again look upon thy holy temple?'
The waters closed in over me, the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever;
yet thou didst bring up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to thee, into thy holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to thee;
what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!"

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

Note 
1:
The Underworld.

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