| "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.
|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. |
|"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 |
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.