Jonah 2:4
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.’

Berean Study Bible
At this, I said, ‘I have been banished from Your sight; yet I will look once more toward 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I thought I was swept away from your sight, never again to see your holy temple.

Good News Translation
I thought I had been banished from your presence and would never see your holy Temple again.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, I am cast out of thy presence: shall I indeed 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
3For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current swirled about me. All Your breakers and waves swept over me. 4At this, I said, ‘I have been banished from Your sight; yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple.’ 5The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; the seaweed wrapped around my head.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:38
may whatever prayer or petition Your people Israel make--each knowing his own afflictions and spreading out his hands toward this house--

1 Kings 8:48
and when they return to You with all their heart and soul in the land of the enemies who took them captive, and when they pray to You in the direction of the land that You gave to their fathers, the city You have chosen, and the house I have built for Your Name,

2 Chronicles 6:38
and when they return to You with all their heart and soul in the land of the enemies who took them captive, and when they pray in the direction of the land that You gave to their fathers, the city You have chosen, and the house I have built for Your Name,

Psalm 5:7
But I, by the abundance of Your loving devotion, will enter Your house; in reverence I will bow down toward Your holy temple.

Psalm 31:22
In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from Your sight!" But You heard my plea for mercy when I called to You for help.

Jeremiah 7:15
And I will cast you out of My presence, just as I have cast out all your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim.'

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house, where the windows of his upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Jonah 2:7
As my life was fading away, I remembered the LORD. My prayer went up to You, to 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 thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

Psalm 77:1-7
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me…

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

out.

1 Kings 9:7
Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

Jeremiah 7:15
And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

Jeremiah 15:1
Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

toward.

1 Kings 8:38,39,42,48
What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: …

2 Chronicles 6:38
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

Psalm 5:7
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.







Lexicon
At this, I
וַאֲנִ֣י (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

said,
אָמַ֔רְתִּי (’ā·mar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘I have been banished
נִגְרַ֖שְׁתִּי (niḡ·raš·tî)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1644: To drive out from a, possession, to expatriate, divorce

from
מִנֶּ֣גֶד (min·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's Hebrew 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

Your sight;
עֵינֶ֑יךָ (‘ê·ne·ḵā)
Noun - cdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

yet
אַ֚ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

I will look
לְהַבִּ֔יט (lə·hab·bîṭ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5027: To scan, look intently at, to regard

once more
אוֹסִ֣יף (’ō·w·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

toward
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Your holy
קָדְשֶֽׁךָ׃ (qāḏ·še·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6944: A sacred place, thing, sanctity

temple.’
הֵיכַ֖ל (hê·ḵal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1964: A large public building, palace, temple
(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. 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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