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Jonah 2:8-9 - Those who cling to worthless idols...

NIV "Those who cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the LORD."
And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
KJV They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
NASB "Those who regard vain idols
Forsake their faithfulness,
But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving
That which I have vowed I will pay
Salvation is from the LORD."
Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.
Jonah 2:8-9


These verses provide a remarkably astute assessment of the nature of salvation. Those who pursue "worthless idols" forsake the mercy that God provides. "Salvation is of the Lord" as His precious gift.

Believer's Study Bible. 1997, c1995. C1991 Criswell Center for Biblical Studies. (electronic ed.) (Jon 2:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Not Merely A Sunday School Story...

A great fish, prepared by the Lord, swallowed Jonah and kept him a captive for three days and three nights. (The miracle was not that a fish could swallow a man, but that the man was not digested.)

Our Lord Himself used the prophet as a picture of His own death, burial for three days and nights, and His glorious resurrection:

(Jesus speaking) "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." - (Matt. 12:40).

Incidentally, this shows that Christ accepted Jonah as a historical character, and not merely as a "parable," as some modern preachers claim.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Jon 1:17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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