Jonah 2:4
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New International Version
I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

New Living Translation
Then I said, 'O LORD, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.'

English Standard Version
Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’

New American Standard Bible
"So I said, 'I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.'

King James Bible
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple.

International Standard Version
So I told myself, 'I have been driven away from you. How will I again gaze on your holy Temple?'

NET Bible
I thought I had been banished from your sight, that I would never again see your holy temple!

New Heart English Bible
I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then I thought, 'I have been banished from your sight. Will I ever see your holy temple again?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I said: 'I am cast out From before Thine eyes'; Yet I will look again Toward Thy holy temple.

New American Standard 1977
“So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Thy sight.
            Nevertheless I will look again toward Thy holy temple.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will see thy holy temple again.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.

American King James Version
Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.

American Standard Version
And I said, I am cast out from before thine eyes; Yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: I am cast away out of the sight of thy eyes: but yet I shall see thy holy temple again.

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, I am cast out from before thine eyes, Yet will I look again toward thy holy temple.

English Revised Version
And I said, am cast out from before thine eyes; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again towards thy holy temple.

World English Bible
I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

Young's Literal Translation
And I -- I said: I have been cast out from before Thine eyes, (Yet I add to look unto Thy holy temple!)
Study Bible
Jonah's Prayer
3"For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. 4"So I said, I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.' 5"Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:38
whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house;

1 Kings 8:48
if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and pray to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name;

2 Chronicles 6:38
if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been taken captive, and pray toward their land which You have given to their fathers and the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name,

Psalm 5:7
But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.

Psalm 31:22
As for me, I said in my alarm, "I am cut off from before Your eyes"; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You.

Jeremiah 7:15
"I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of Ephraim.

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

Jonah 2:7
"While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.
Treasury of Scripture

Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.

I said.

Psalm 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes: nevertheless …

Psalm 77:1-7 I cried to God with my voice, even to God with my voice; and he gave …

Isaiah 38:10-14,17 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of …

Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

out.

1 Kings 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; …

Jeremiah 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

toward.

1 Kings 8:38,39,42,48 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all …

2 Chronicles 6:38 If they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul …

Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

(4) I am cast out of thy sight.--"Jonah had wilfully withdrawn from standing in God's presence. Now God had taken him at his word, and, as it seemed, cast him out of it. David had said in his haste, "I am cut off" (Psalm 31:22), Jonah substitutes the stronger word, "I am cast forth," driven forth, expelled like the mire and dirt which the waves drive along, or like the waves themselves in their restless motion, or the heathen (the word is the same) whom God had driven out before Israel, or as Adam from Paradise" (Pusey).

Yet I will look again.--The Hebrew is very impressive, and reads like one of those exile hopes so common in the Psalms: "Yet I have one thing left, to turn towards Thy holy Temple and pray." (For the attitude see Note on Psalm 28:2.)

Verse 4. - Jonah confesses that he at first fully expected death; but faith and hope soon triumphed over despondency. I am cast out of thy sight. This was his thought when what is mentioned in ver. 3 happened unto him. The words are a reminiscence of Psalm 31:22, altered somewhat to suit Jonah's circumstances. The psalmist says, "I said in my haste." Jonah says simply, "I said," without any limitation; and for "I am cut off," Jonah uses, "I am cast out." Septuagint, ἀπῶσμαι - a strong term, implying banishment with violence. Out of thy sight; literally, frown before thine eyes; i.e. from thy protecting care (comp. 1 Samuel 26:24; 1 Kings 8:29). He who had fled from the presence of the Lord in Canaan fears that he has forfeited the favour of God. Yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. I will turn in prayer to that holy place where thou dost manifest thy presence. The Jews were wont to turn towards Jerusalem when they prayed (comp. 1 Kings 8:30, etc.; Daniel 6:10; Psalm 18:6; Psalm 28:2). Some think that Jonah expresses a hope of worshipping again in the temple; but the turn of expression in the text hardly warrants this. Others refer the term to the heavenly temple, as they do in ver. 7; Psalm 11:4; Psalm 18:6. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight,.... Or, "from before thine eyes" (d); the Targum, from before thy Word; as David also said in his distress, Psalm 31:22; not but that he knew he was in the reach and under the eye of his omniscience, which saw him in the fish's belly, in the depths of the sea, for nothing can hide from that; but he thought he was no longer under the eye of his providence; and that he would no more care for him, but leave him in this forlorn condition, and not deliver him; and especially he concluded that he would no more look upon him with an eye of love, grace, and mercy, pity and compassion: these are the words of one in despair, or near unto it; and yet a beam of light, a ray of hope, breaks in, and a holy resolution is formed, as follows:

yet I will look again toward thy holy temple; not the temple at Jerusalem, towards which men used to look when they prayed, being at a distance from it, 1 Kings 8:29; though there may be an allusion to such a practice; for it can hardly be thought that Jonah, in the fish's belly, could tell which way the temple stood; and look towards that; but he looked upwards and heavenwards; he looked up to God in his holy temple in heaven; and though he was afraid he would not look down upon him in a way of grace and mercy, he was resolved to look up to God in the way of prayer and supplication; and particularly, for the further encouragement of his faith and hope, he looked to the Messiah, the antitype of the temple, ark, and mercy seat, and for whose sake he might hope his prayers would be heard and answered.

(d) "e regione oculorum tuorum", Montanus, Piscator; "a coram oculis tuis", Drusius, Burkius. 4. cast out from thy sight—that is, from Thy favorable regard. A just retribution on one who had fled "from the presence of the Lord" (Jon 1:3). Now that he has got his desire, he feels it to be his bitterest sorrow to be deprived of God's presence, which once he regarded as a burden, and from which he desired to escape. He had turned his back on God; so God turned His back on him, making his sin his punishment.

toward thy holy temple—In the confidence of faith he anticipates yet to see the temple at Jerusalem, the appointed place of worship (1Ki 8:38), and there to render thanksgiving [Henderson]. Rather, I think, "Though cast out of Thy sight, I will still with the eye of faith once more look in prayer towards Thy temple at Jerusalem, whither, as Thy earthly throne, Thou hast desired Thy worshippers to direct their prayers."2:1-9 Observe when Jonah prayed. When he was in trouble, under the tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin: when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed. A sense of God's good-will to us, notwithstanding our offences, opens the lips in prayer, which were closed with the dread of wrath. Also, where he prayed; in the belly of the fish. No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with God. To whom he prayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders to return. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experience and reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the form or substance of his prayer. Jonah reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who might justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit him more. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own and favour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believer copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.
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