Jonah 2
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1  And Hashem prepared a great fish to swallow up Yonah; and Yonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

א  וַיְמַן יְהוָה דָּג גָּדוֹל לִבְלֹעַ אֶת יוֹנָה וַיְהִי יוֹנָה בִּמְעֵי הַדָּג שְׁלֹשָׁה יָמִים וּשְׁלֹשָׁה לֵילוֹת.

2  Then Yonah prayed unto Hashem his God out of the fish’s belly.

ב  וַיִּתְפַּלֵּל יוֹנָה אֶל יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו מִמְּעֵי הַדָּגָה.

3  And he said: I called out of mine affliction unto Hashem and He answered me; out of the belly of the nether-world cried I and Thou heardest my voice.

ג  וַיֹּאמֶר קָרָאתִי מִצָּרָה לִי אֶל יְהוָה וַיַּעֲנֵנִי מִבֶּטֶן שְׁאוֹל שִׁוַּעְתִּי שָׁמַעְתָּ קוֹלִי.

4  For Thou didst cast me into the depth in the heart of the seas and the flood was round about me; all Thy waves and Thy billows passed over me.

ד  וַתַּשְׁלִיכֵנִי מְצוּלָה בִּלְבַב יַמִּים וְנָהָר יְסֹבְבֵנִי כָּל מִשְׁבָּרֶיךָ וְגַלֶּיךָ עָלַי עָבָרוּ.

5  And I said: ‘I am cast out from before Thine eyes’; yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple.

ה  וַאֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי נִגְרַשְׁתִּי מִנֶּגֶד עֵינֶיךָ אַךְ אוֹסִיף לְהַבִּיט אֶל הֵיכַל קָדְשֶׁךָ.

6  The waters compassed me about even to the soul; the deep was round about me; the weeds were wrapped about my head.

ו  אֲפָפוּנִי מַיִם עַד נֶפֶשׁ תְּהוֹם יְסֹבְבֵנִי סוּף חָבוּשׁ לְרֹאשִׁי.

7  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 Hashem my God.

ז  לְקִצְבֵי הָרִים יָרַדְתִּי הָאָרֶץ בְּרִחֶיהָ בַעֲדִי לְעוֹלָם וַתַּעַל מִשַּׁחַת חַיַּי יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי.

8  When my soul fainted within me I remembered Hashem; and my prayer came in unto Thee into Thy holy temple.

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ח  בְּהִתְעַטֵּף עָלַי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה זָכָרְתִּי וַתָּבוֹא אֵלֶיךָ תְּפִלָּתִי אֶל הֵיכַל קָדְשֶׁךָ.

2:8  My prayer came in unto Thee, into Thy holy temple

Such is the heart of a true prophet. Trapped inside the belly of the large fish, with no hope of escape, Jonah does not despair. Instead, he pours out his heart’s prayer. Though he has run away from God and His mission, Jonah hopes that he will once again become worthy to stand before God in his Holy Temple in Jerusalem, to bring offerings and to pray (verse 10).  This prayer foreshadows the lesson that the Lord later imparts to Jonah. Though man may stumble in sin, he can always pick himself up and try again. “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again, but the wicked stumble under adversity” (Proverbs 24:16). Even after our biggest failures, God lovingly awaits our return if only we have the will to do so.

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9  They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

ט  מְשַׁמְּרִים הַבְלֵי שָׁוְא חַסְדָּם יַעֲזֹבוּ.

10  But I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; that which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is of Hashem.

י  וַאֲנִי בְּקוֹל תּוֹדָה אֶזְבְּחָה לָּךְ אֲשֶׁר נָדַרְתִּי אֲשַׁלֵּמָה יְשׁוּעָתָה לַיהוָה.

11  And Hashem spoke unto the fish and it vomited out Yonah upon the dry land.

יא  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לַדָּג וַיָּקֵא אֶת יוֹנָה אֶל הַיַּבָּשָׁה.

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