Jonah 2:6
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To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

King James Bible
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

Darby Bible Translation
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; The bars of the earth [closed] upon me for ever: But thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O Jehovah my God.

World English Bible
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains. The earth barred me in forever: yet have you brought up my life from the pit, Yahweh my God.

Young's Literal Translation
To the cuttings of mountains I have come down, The earth, her bars are behind me to the age. And Thou bringest up from the pit my life, O Jehovah my God.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains - This also may be literally understood. The fish followed the slanting base of the mountains, till they terminated in a plain at the bottom of the great deep.

The earth with her bars - He represents himself as a prisoner in a dungeon, closed in with bars which he could not remove, and which at first appeared to be for ever, i.e., the place where his life must terminate.

Yet hast thou brought up my life - The substance of this poetic prayer was composed while in the fish's belly; but afterwards the prophet appears to have thrown it into its present poetic form, and to have added some circumstances, such as that before us; for he now speaks of his deliverance from this imminent danger of death. "Thou hast brought up my life from corruption."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

bottoms. Heb. cuttings off. mountains.

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase...

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 104:6,8 You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains...

Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span...

Habakkuk 3:6,10 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered...

the earth.

Job 38:4-11 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding...

Proverbs 8:25-29 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth...


Psalm 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in hell; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption...

Acts 13:33-37 God has fulfilled the same to us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm...

corruption. or, the pit.

Job 33:24,28 Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom...

Psalm 30:3,9 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from the grave: you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit...

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days...

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

Salvation of the Lord
By salvation here we do not merely understand the special salvation which Jonah received from death; for according to Dr. Gill, there is something so special in the original, in the word salvation having one more letter than it usually has, when it only refers to some temporary deliverance, that we can only understand it here as relating to the great work of the salvation of the soul which endureth for ever. That "salvation is of the Lord," I shall this morning try to show as best I can. First, I
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

An Address to a Soul So Overwhelmed with a Sense of the Greatness of Its Sins, that it Dares not Apply Itself to Christ with Any
1-4. The case described at large.--5. As it frequently occurs.--6. Granting all that the dejected soul charges on itself.--7. The invitations and promises of Christ give hope.--8. The reader urged, under all his burdens and fears, to an humble application to him. Which is accordingly exemplified in the concluding Reflection and Prayer. 1. I have now done with those unhappy creatures who despise the Gospel, and with those who neglect it. With pleasure do I now turn myself to those who will hear me
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Cross References
Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Job 33:28
God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.'

Psalm 16:10
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

Psalm 18:5
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 30:3
You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.

Psalm 116:3
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

Isaiah 38:10
I said, "In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?"

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