Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,…
Here we have a very clear and intense history of Jonah's inward life. Notice some points of it.
1. There was a great and sudden quickening of consciousness.
2. Rapidly this new consciousness became distressful. The reserved sorrow of long sinning comes all at once.
3. Then he began to "look" — upwards to earth, eastwards to the temple where he knew that the lost presence was richly manifested.
4. The look soon became a cry. It may have been an audible cry. But evidently the soul of the cry was this, that it was tim cry of the soul.
5. He began to be grateful.
6. The final state of his mind is a state of entire dependence.
(A. Raleigh, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,