J O N A H.
We left Jonah in the belly of the fish, and had
reason to think we should hear no more of him, that if he were not
destroyed by the waters of the sea he would be consumed in the
bowels of that leviathan, "out of whose mouth go burning lamps, and
sparks of fire, and whose breath kindles coals," Job xli. 19, 21. But God brings his
people through fire, and through water (Ps. lxvi. 12); and by his power, behold,
Jonah the prophet is yet alive, and is heard of again. In this
chapter God hears from him, for we find him praying; in the next
Nineveh hears from him, for we find him preaching. In his prayer we
have, I. The great distress and danger he was in, ver. 2, 3, 5, 6. II. The despair
he was thereby almost reduced to, ver.
4. III. The encouragement he took to himself, in this
deplorable condition, ver. 4,
7. IV. The assurance he had of God's favour to him,
ver. 6, 7. V. The warning
and instruction he gives to others, ver. 8. VI. The praise and glory of all given
to God, ver. 9. In the
last verse we have Jonah's
deliverance out of the belly of the fish, and his coming safe and
sound upon dry land again.