The whale was not known to the Hebrews, and the word translated ‘whale’ (Ezek. 32: 2, AV, and more famously Jonah 1: 17 and Matt. 12: 40) refers to a large sea creature or ‘sea monster’ (NRSV, REB, NJB).
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