When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered Yahweh.
My prayer came in to you,
into your holy temple. Bible other translations

“life.” The Hebrew is nephesh, which is often translated “soul” but here refers to Jonah’s human life. (For more on “life,” see Appendix 7, “Usages of ‘Soul’”). As Jonah neared death, he prayed to God, and the reason he knew God heard him is that these words of Jonah were recorded after God raised him from the dead.

“in to you, into your holy temple.” Jonah says this because Yahweh was known to dwell in His temple above the Mercy Seat between the Cherubim.

Commentary for: Jonah 2:7