Yahweh gets Jonah out of the fish (Jon 2:10-2:10)

“Then Yahweh spoke

To the fish.

It spewed Jonah out

Upon the dry land.”

Then Yahweh told the big fish to vomit out Jonah near dry land.  The big fish was very accommodating.  He gave up Jonah on a river bank of dry land.  Thus, ended the adventure of Jonah in the belly of the big fish.  Clearly, this was a time of prayer for Jonah as he realized his failure to respond the first time.

The prayer of Jonah (Jon 2:1-2:1)

“Then Jonah


To Yahweh,

His God,

From the belly

Of the fish.”

Once Jonah was swallowed by the big fish, he immediately prayed in thanksgiving to Yahweh, his God. This short canticle that Jonah recited from the belly of the fish may have existed before this story was put together.