Jonah 2:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
To 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!

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.

New King James Version
I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.

New American Standard Bible
“I descended to the base of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, LORD my God.

NASB 1995
"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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
“I descended to the [very] roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars closed behind me [bolting me in] forever, Yet You have brought up my life from the pit (death), O LORD my God.

Christian Standard Bible
I sank to the foundations of the mountains, the earth’s gates shut behind me forever! Then you raised my life from the Pit, 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!

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to the bottom of the mountains I have come down, and Earth had locked its bolts in front of my face for eternity, and you brought up my life from destruction, LORD JEHOVAH my God!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to the clefts of the mountains; I went down into the earth, whose bars are the everlasting barriers: yet, O Lord my God, let my ruined life be restored.

Contemporary English Version
I had sunk down deep below the mountains beneath the sea. I knew that forever, I would be a prisoner there. But, you, LORD God, rescued me from that pit.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
I went down to the very roots of the mountains, into the land whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, brought me back from the depths alive.

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.

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!

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.

Literal Standard Version
To the cuttings of mountains I have come down, "" The earth, her bars [are] behind me for all time. And You bring my life up from the pit, O YHWH 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.

New Heart 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, 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jonah's Prayer
5The waters engulfed me to take my life; the watery depths closed around 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! 7As my life was fading away, I remembered the LORD. My prayer went up to You, to 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 redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit, and I will live to see the light.'

Psalm 16:10
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor will You let Your Holy One see decay.

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

Psalm 30:3
O LORD, You pulled me up from Sheol; You spared me from descending into the Pit.

Psalm 116:3
The ropes of death entangled me; the anguish of Sheol overcame me; I was confronted by trouble and sorrow.

Isaiah 38:10
I said, "In the prime of my life I must go through the gates of Sheol and be deprived of the remainder of my years."

Isaiah 38:17
Surely for my own welfare I had such great anguish; but Your love has delivered me from the pit of oblivion, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

Ezekiel 26:20
then I will bring you down with those who descend to the Pit, to the people of antiquity. I will make you dwell in the earth below like the ancient ruins, with those who descend to the Pit, so that you will no longer be inhabited or set in splendor in the land of the living.

Ezekiel 31:14
This happened so that no other trees by the waters would become great in height and set their tops among the clouds, and no other well-watered trees would reach them in height. For they have all been consigned to death, to the depths of the earth, among the mortals who descend 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.

Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

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

Psalm 104:6,8
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains…

the earth.

Job 38:4-11
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding…

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

yet.

Psalm 16:10
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Isaiah 38:17
Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Acts 13:33-37
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee…

corruption.

Job 33:24,28
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom…

Psalm 30:3,9
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit…

Psalm 55:23
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.









(6) Bottoms of the mountains.--Literally, ends or cuttings off, as, in margin. So the Vulg. extrema montium. Mountains were in the Hebrew conception the pillars of the world (see Job 9:6; Job 26:11), having their foundations firmly planted in the sea. These "hidden bases of the hills" were therefore the verge of the earth itself, and one lost among them would be close on the under-world of death.

The earth with her bars . . .--Literally, the earth her bars behind me for ever; i.e., the earth's gates were closed upon me for ever, there was no possibility of return. The metaphor of a gateway to sheol is common (Isaiah 38:10, &c.), but the earth is nowhere else said to be so guarded. Ewald therefore proposes to read sheol here. But it is quite as natural to imagine a guarded passage out of the land of the living as into the land of the dead.

Corruption.--Rather, pit. (See Note, Psalm 16:10.)

Verse 6. - The bottoms of the mountains; literally, the cuttings off, where the mountains seem to be cut off by the ocean floor; the roots of the mountains. Αἰς σχισμὰς ὀρέων, "the clefts of the mountains" (Sop-tuagint); Psalm 18:15. The earth with her bars; as for the earth, her bars were about me; return to it was shut out for me; the gate by which I might return was locked behind me. He adds, forever, as it was to all appearance, because he had no power in himself of returning to earth and life. Yet; in spite of all, I am preserved. From corruption (shachath); as Job 17:14; de corruptione (Vulgate); so the Chaldee and Syriac; Septuagint, Ἀναβήτω ἐκ φθορᾶς ἡ ζωή μου (Alex.), Ἀναβήτω φθορὰ ζωῆς μου (Vatican), "Let my life arise from destruction;" or, "Let the destruction of my life [i.e. my destroyed life] arise." Jerome refers the word to the digestive process in the fish's stomach; it is probably merely a synonym for "death." The marginal rendering, "the pit," i.e. Sheol, is also etymologically correct (comp. Psalm 30:3). My God. He thankfully acknowledges that Jehovah has proved himself a beneficent God to him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
To the roots
לְקִצְבֵ֤י (lə·qiṣ·ḇê)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 7095: A cut, shape, extremity

of the mountains
הָרִים֙ (hā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

I descended;
יָרַ֔דְתִּי (yā·raḏ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3381: To come or go down, descend

the earth
הָאָ֛רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

beneath me
בַעֲדִ֖י (ḇa·‘ă·ḏî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

barred me in
בְּרִחֶ֥יהָ (bə·ri·ḥe·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1280: A bolt

forever!
לְעוֹלָ֑ם (lə·‘ō·w·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

But You raised
וַתַּ֧עַל (wat·ta·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

my life
חַיַּ֖י (ḥay·yay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

from the pit,
מִשַּׁ֛חַת (miš·ša·ḥaṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7845: A pit, destruction

O LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

my God!
אֱלֹהָֽי׃ (’ĕ·lō·hāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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