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Jon 2:1

“Then Jonah prayed.” The prayer Jonah prayed would have been very short because he would have quickly run out of oxygen and become unconscious and then died. It is not commonly known that Jonah died in the fish, but he did, and in that way was a “type” of Christ: Jonah was dead in the fish for three days and three nights and then was raised from the dead by God, and Jesus was dead in the “heart of the earth” for three days and three nights and then was raised by God.

Jonah 2:2-9 is not the prayer that Jonah prayed from inside the huge fish. For one thing, it is clear that those things were said after God raised him from the dead, not before then. For example, Jonah 2:2 says Jonah called and God heard his voice, but Jonah would have only known God heard him after he was out of the fish’s belly and alive on shore. Also, the fact that Jonah had been thrown “into the depths” and “into the heart of the seas” is a record of him being thrown into the ocean, not a record of him being in the fish (Jonah 2:3). He thought he was going to die, a reasonable conclusion for one thrown off a ship into the ocean, yet he was confident of his resurrection (Jonah 2:3). In Jonah 2:5, Jonah is still remembering being in the ocean with the seaweed around him and the water up to his neck. But in Jonah 2:6 he is remembering being in the fish and blacking out, realized he had died, and then gave God praise for raising him from death, from the “pit.” In Jonah 2:7, Jonah records that it was as his life was ebbing away that he remember Yahweh and prayed a prayer, and he knew Yahweh heard him because Yahweh raised him from the dead. [For more on Jonah being dead and the prayer he prayed, see commentary on Matthew 12:40].

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Jon 2:7

“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.

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