1Yona firii apataa no yam bɔɔ Awurade ne Onyankopɔn mpaeɛ sɛ. 2Ɔkaa sɛ,
“Mʼahohia mu mefrɛɛ Awurade,
na ɔgyee me so.
Mefiri adamena ase tɔnn srɛɛ mmoa
na wotiee me sufrɛ.
3Wotoo me twenee ebunu mu
wɔ ɛpo ase tɔnn,
na ɔhweam twaa me ho hyiaeɛ;
wʼasorɔkye ne mframa
bu faa me so.
4Na mekaa sɛ, ‘Wɔapam me afiri wʼanim;
nanso mede mʼani bɛkyerɛ
wʼasɔredan kronkron no bio’
5Nsuo a abu afa me so no bɔɔ me hu,
ebunu no twaa me ho hyiaeɛ;
ɛpo mu wira kyekyeree me tiri ho.
6Memem kɔɔ mmepɔ no ase pɛɛ;
asase ase kaa me hyɛɛ mu afebɔɔ.
Nanso wogyee me nkwa firii amena mu,
Ao Awurade, me Onyankopɔn.
7“Ɛberɛ a me nkwa resene akɔ no,
mekaee wo Awurade,
na me mpaeɛbɔ foro baa wo nkyɛn,
wɔ wʼasɔredan kronkron no mu.
8“Wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho bata ahoni huhuo ho no
hwere adom a anka ɛyɛ wɔn dea.
9Nanso me, mede ayɛyie nnwom
bɛbɔ afɔdeɛ ama wo.
Deɛ mahyɛ ho bɔ no, mɛyɛ.
Nkwagyeɛ firi Awurade.”
10Na afei, Awurade hyɛɛ apataa no ma ɔfee Yona too asase so.
In Hebrew texts 2:1 is numbered 1:17, and 2:1-10 is numbered 2:2-11. 1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
5The engulfing waters threatened me,2:5 Or waters were at my throat
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
10And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.