Jonah 2:8
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New International Version
"Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them.

New Living Translation
Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God's mercies.

English Standard Version
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.

New American Standard Bible
"Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness,

King James Bible
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love,

International Standard Version
Those who cling to vain idols leave behind the gracious love that could have been theirs.

NET Bible
Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs.

New Heart English Bible
Those who regard worthless things forsake their faithfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who hold on to worthless idols abandon their loyalty [to you].

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that regard lying vanities Forsake their own mercy.

New American Standard 1977
“Those who regard vain idols
            Forsake their faithfulness,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that observe lying vanities forsake his mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
They that regard vain idols forsake their own mercy.

American King James Version
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

American Standard Version
They that regard lying vanities Forsake their own mercy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that are vain observe vanities, forsake their own mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

English Revised Version
They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

World English Bible
Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Young's Literal Translation
Those observing lying vanities their own mercy forsake.
Study Bible
Jonah's Prayer
7"While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. 8"Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, 9But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD."…
Cross References
2 Kings 17:15
They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.

Jeremiah 10:8
But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion-- their idol is wood!
Treasury of Scripture

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

1 Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, …

2 Kings 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with …

Psalm 31:6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the …

Jeremiah 10:8,14,15 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Habakkuk 2:18-20 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

(8) They that observe lying vanities.--See Note, Psalm 31:6.

Forsake their own mercy--i.e., forfeit their own share of the covenant grace. In Psalm 37:28 it is said that Jehovah does not forsake his chasdim; they, however, by forsaking Jehovah (Himself called Israel's mercy, Psalm 144:2, margin) and His law (Psalm 89:30) can forfeit their chesed or covenant privilege.

Verse 8. - Jonah contrasts the joy and comfort arising from the thought of God with the miserable fate of idolaters. They that observe (Psalm 31:6); court, pay deference to, reverence. Lying vanities; Septuagint, μάταια καὶ ψευδῆ, "vain things and false." Idom (comp. Jeremiah 18:15; Hosea 12:11; 1 Corinthians 8:4). Their own mercy; i.e. their state of favour with God - the mercy shown to them, as "the mercies of [shown to] David" (Isaiah 55:3); or God himself, the Fountain of mercy and goodness (Psalm 144:2). Henderson translates, "forsake their Benefactor." They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. They that worship idols, who are nothing, mere vanity and lies, and deceive those that serve them, these forsake the God of their lives, and of their mercies; and so do all such who serve divers lusts and pleasures, and pursue the vanities of this life; and also those who follow the dictates of carnal sense and reason, to the neglect of the will of God, and obedience to his commands; which was Jonah's case, and is, I think, chiefly intended. The Targum, Syriac version, and so Jarchi, and most interpreters, understand it of worshippers of idols in general; and Kimchi of the mariners of the ship Jonah had been in; who promised to relinquish their idols, but did not; and vowed to serve the Lord, and sacrifice to him, but did not perform what they promised. But I rather think Jonah reflects upon himself in particular, as well as leaves this as a general instruction to others; that should they do as he had done, give way to an evil heart of unbelief, and attend to the suggestions of a vain mind, and consult with flesh and blood, and be directed thereby, to the disregard of God and his will; they will find, as he had done to his cost, that they forsake that God that has been gracious and merciful to them, and who is all goodness and mercy, Psalm 144:3; which to do is very ungrateful to him, and injurious to themselves; and now he being sensible of his folly, and influenced by the grace and goodness of God to him, resolves to do as follows: 8. observe lying vanities—regard or reverence idols, powerless to save (Ps 31:6).

mercy—Jehovah, the very idea of whom is identified now in Jonah's mind with mercy and loving-kindness. As the Psalmist (Ps 144:2) styles Him, "my goodness"; God who is to me all beneficence. Compare Ps 59:17, "the God of my mercy," literally, "my kindness-God." Jonah had "forsaken His own mercy," God, to flee to heathen lands where "lying vanities" (idols) were worshipped. But now, taught by his own preservation in conscious life in the fish's belly, and by the inability of the mariners' idols to lull the storm (Jon 1:5), estrangement from God seems estrangement from his own happiness (Jer 2:13; 17:13). Prayer has been restrained in Jonah's case, so that he was "fast asleep" in the midst of danger, heretofore; but now prayer is the sure sign of his return to God.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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