Jonah 2:6
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New International Version
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

New Living Translation
I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!

English Standard Version
at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, LORD my God!

International Standard Version
I sank to the roots of the mountains; the earth's prison bars closed around me forever. Yet you resurrect the dead from the Pit, LORD my God!

NET Bible
I went down to the very bottoms of the mountains; the gates of the netherworld barred me in forever; but you brought me up from the Pit, O LORD, my God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I sank to the foot of the mountains. I sank to the bottom, where bars held me forever. But you brought me back from the pit, O LORD, my God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; The earth with her bars closed upon me for ever; Yet hast Thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

New American Standard 1977
“I descended to the roots of the mountains.
            The earth with its bars was around me forever,
            But Thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I descended to the roots of the mountains; the earth put her bars about me for ever; yet thou hast brought up my life out of the grave, O LORD my God.

King James 2000 Bible
I went down to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with her bars closed about me forever: yet have you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

American King James Version
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

American Standard Version
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed upon me for ever: Yet hast thou brought up my life from the pit, O Jehovah my God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I went down to the lowest parts of the mountains: the bars of the earth have shut me up for ever: and thou wilt bring up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

Darby Bible Translation
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; The bars of the earth [closed] upon me for ever: But thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O Jehovah my God.

English Revised Version
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars closed upon me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

Webster's Bible Translation
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

World English Bible
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains. The earth barred me in forever: yet have you brought up my life from the pit, Yahweh my God.

Young's Literal Translation
To the cuttings of mountains I have come down, The earth, her bars are behind me to the age. And Thou bringest up from the pit my life, O Jehovah my God.
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
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. 7"While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Job 33:28
'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'

Psalm 16:10
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

Psalm 18:5
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 30:3
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

Psalm 116:3
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

Isaiah 38:10
I said, "In the middle of my life I am to enter the gates of Sheol; I am to be deprived of the rest of my years."

Isaiah 38:17
"Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

Ezekiel 26:20
then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lower parts of the earth, like the ancient waste places, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set glory in the land of the living.

Ezekiel 31:14
so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the clouds, nor their well-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit."
Treasury of Scripture

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

bottoms. Heb. cuttings off. mountains.

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, …

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 104:6,8 You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood …

Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted …

Habakkuk 3:6,10 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the …

the earth.

Job 38:4-11 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

Proverbs 8:25-29 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth…

yet.

Psalm 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in hell; neither will you suffer your …

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to …

Acts 13:33-37 God has fulfilled the same to us their children, in that he has raised …

corruption. or, the pit.

Job 33:24,28 Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down …

Psalm 30:3,9 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from the grave: you have kept …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from …

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