Jonah 2:5
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New International Version
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

New Living Translation
"I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

English Standard Version
The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head

New American Standard Bible
"Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

International Standard Version
Flood waters encompassed me, the deep surrounded me while seaweed wrapped around my head.

NET Bible
Water engulfed me up to my neck; the deep ocean surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Water surrounded me, threatening my life. The deep [sea] covered me completely. Seaweed was wrapped around my head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; The deep was round about me; The weeds were wrapped about my head.

New American Standard 1977
“Water encompassed me to the point of death.
            The great deep engulfed me,
            Weeds were wrapped around my head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul, the depth closed me round about; the weeds were wrapped about my head.

King James 2000 Bible
The waters surrounded me, even to the soul: the deep closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
The waters compassed me about even to the soul: the deep hath closed me round about, the sea hath covered my head.

Darby Bible Translation
The waters encompassed me, to the soul: The deep was round about me, The weeds were wrapped about my head.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
The waters encompassed me, even to the soul: the depth inclosed me on every side, 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.

Young's Literal Translation
Compassed me have waters unto the soul, The deep doth compass me, The weed is bound to my head.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Jonah's Prayer
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. 6"I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Psalm 69:1
For the choir director; according to Shoshannim. A Psalm of David. Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.

Lamentations 3:54
Waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!"
Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Psalm 69:1,2 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in to my soul…

Lamentations 3:54 Waters flowed over my head; then I said, I am cut off.

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