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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Jonah Chapter 2

he prayer of Jonah. (1-9) He is delivered from the fish. (10)

Verses 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.

Verse 10: Jonah's deliverance may be considered as an instance of God's power over all the creatures. As an instance of God's mercy to a poor penitent, who in distress prays to him: and as a type and figure of Christ's resurrection. Amidst all our varying experiences, and the changing scenes of life; we should look by faith, fixedly, upon our once suffering and dying, but now risen and ascended Redeemer. Let us confess our sins, consider Christ's resurrection as an earnest of our own, and thankfully receive every temporal and spiritual deliverance, as the pledge of our eternal redemption


David Burnette's Life Application


The Power of Prayer

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the book of Jonah with Chapter 2. In our text today we see Jonah in the belly of the great fish as he repents and prays to see God due a miracle and have the fish vomit him up as God answers his prayer. In making application we see the power of prayer demonstrated as God hears and responds to our prayers. Today we have this same awesome opportunity to have the God who created and controls the universe to hear and respond to us for all things in our life if we would just simply pray to the Lord. How about you? Do you pray? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Jonah to remember that our Lord is listening, He cares about us, and is willing to respond in our lives if we would just simply pray.  

 

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Jonah 2

Jonah 2

 1Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

 2And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

 3For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

 4Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

 5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

 6I 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.

 7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

 8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

 9But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

 10And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.