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

“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.

Commentary for: Jonah 2:7