Jonah 2:5
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

Berean Study Bible
The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; the seaweed wrapped around 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I was almost drowned by the swirling waters that surrounded me. Seaweed had wrapped around my head.

Good News Translation
The water came over me and choked me; the sea covered me completely, and seaweed wrapped around 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, threatening my life. 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Water was poured around me to the soul: the lowest deep compassed me, my head went down

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.
Study Bible
Jonah's Prayer
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. 6To the roots of the mountains I descended; the earth beneath me barred me in forever! But You raised 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
Save me, O God, for the waters are up to my neck.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk into the miry depths, where there is no footing; I have drifted into deep waters, where the flood engulfs me.

Lamentations 3:54
The waters flowed over my head, and I thought I was going to die.

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, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 69:1,2
To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul…

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







Lexicon
The waters
מַ֙יִם֙ (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

engulfed me
אֲפָפ֤וּנִי (’ă·p̄ā·p̄ū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 661: To surround, encompass

up to
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the neck;
נֶ֔פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

the watery depths
תְּה֖וֹם (tə·hō·wm)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8415: An abyss, the deep

overcame me;
יְסֹבְבֵ֑נִי (yə·sō·ḇə·ḇê·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

the seaweed
ס֖וּף (sūp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5488: A reed, the papyrus

wrapped
חָב֥וּשׁ (ḥā·ḇūš)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2280: To wrap firmly, to stop, to rule

around my head.
לְרֹאשִֽׁי׃ (lə·rō·šî)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head
(5) The waters.--See reference in margin.

The weeds were wrapped about my head.--This graphic touch is quite original. The figure of overwhelming waters is a common one in Hebrew song to represent some crushing sorrow, but nowhere is the picture so vivid as here. At the same time the entire absence of any reference to the fish, which would, indeed, be altogether out of place in this picture of a drowning man entangled in seaweed, should be noticed. That on which the prophet lays stress is not on the mode of his escape, but his escape itself.

Verses 5, 6. - In parallel clauses, Jonah describes still more vividly the horrors that surrounded him. Verse 5. - Compassed me about. Not the same word as in ver. 3. Septuagint, περιεχίθη μοι "was poured around me." Even to the soul; so as to reach his life (comp. Psalm 18:5; Psalm 69:1, 2; Lamentations 3:54). The depth closed me round about. The verb is the lame as in ver. 3, translated there, "compassed me about" Vulgate, abyssus vallavit me. The weeds (suph); seaweed. Jonah sank to the bottom before he was swallowed by the fish. The LXX. omits the word. The Vulgate gives pelagus, which is probably derived from the fact of the Red Sea being called "the Sea of Suph," the term being thence applied to any sea. 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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