Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible

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PRAYERS & SONGS
OF PRAISE

The Belly of Sheol

The LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah; and Jonah remained in the fish’s belly three days and three nights. Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish. He 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. You cast me into the depths, Into the heart of the sea, The floods engulfed me; All Your breakers and billows Swept over me. I thought I was driven away Out of Your sight: Would I ever gaze again Upon Your holy Temple? The waters closed in over me, The deep engulfed me. Weeds twined around my head. 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! When my life was ebbing away, I called the LORD to mind;

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface - The Story of Biblical Poetry ix
  • Introduction to Biblical Poetry xiii
  • Blessings 2
  • Prayers & Songs of Praise 16
  • Poetic Moments 84
  • Testaments & Pronouncements 96
  • Laments 110
  • Judgment Oracles 164
  • Prophecies of Salvation and Consolation 186
  • Love Songs 226
  • Index of Scriptural Passages Hebrew Bible 255
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