Jonah 2:3-7

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JPS Tanakh

3He said:
In my trouble I called to the LORD,
And He answered me;
From the belly of Sheol I cried out,
And You heard my voice.
. . .
6 The waters closed in over me,
The deep engulfed me.
Weeds twined around my head.
7 I sank to the base of the mountains;
The bars of the earth closed upon me forever.
Yet You brought my life up from the pit,
O LORD my God!       — Jonah 2:3,6-7 (JPS Tanakh)

Note to v.3: Sheol, the Pit or the netherworld. It is the utter bottom of the world (in this case the depths of the sea) and also the land of the dead. (The Jewish Study Bible Notes)

J. H. Hertz' note to this passage:

To the very foundations of the earth. It was believed that the earth rested on a subterranean ocean (cf. Psalm 24:2) and the roots of the mountains went deep down to its foundations.

— J. H. Hertz, Pentateuch and Haftorahs

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