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Jonah 2 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Jonah 2 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,

Jonah says a little prayer from the fish's belly.

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

"Out of the belly of hell cried I."
Jonah cried out to God from "the belly of hell." The Watch Tower uses this verse to show that "good people as well as bad people go to the Bible hell."
I do not know what the Watch Tower uses this verse for, but it won't be for teaching that people go to hell, because they don't believe in the existence of hell.

3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

"Or thou hadst cast me into the deep."
Who cast Jonah into the sea?

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 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.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

God talks to the fish, and it vomits out Jonah upon dry land.
Jonah was there. He wrote this account. The author of the SAB wasn't there, and lives close to three thousand years later. Who to believe?