And Jehovah appointeth a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah is in the bowels of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish - דג גדול dag gadol.
This could not have been a whale, for the throat of that animal can scarcely admit a man's leg; but it might have been a shark, which abounds in the Mediterranean, and whose mouth and stomach are exceedingly capacious. In several cases they have been known to swallow a man when thrown overboard. See the note on Matthew 12:40 (note), where the whole subject of this verse is considered at large. That days and nights do not, among the Hebrews, signify complete days and nights of twenty-four hours, see Esther 4:16, compared with Esther 5:1; Judges 14:17, Judges 14:18. Our Lord lay in the grave one natural day, and part of two others; and it is most likely that this was the precise time that Jonah was in the fish's belly.
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Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind...
Psalm 104:25,26 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts...
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Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly...
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...
Luke 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
belly. Heb. bowels.
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