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THE BOOK OF TOBIAS

 


         The Book of Tobias, Chapter 1
1   Tobias of the tribe and city of Nephtali, (which is in the
    upper parts of Galilee above Naasson, beyond the way that
    leadeth to the west, having on the right hand the city of
    Sephet,)
2   When he was made captive in the days of Salmanasar king of
    the Assyrians, even in his captivity, forsook not the way
    of truth,
3   But every day gave all he could get to his brethren his
    fellow captives, that were of his kindred.
4   And when he was younger than any of the tribe of Nephtali,
    yet did he no childish thing in his work.
5   Moreover when all went to the golden calves which Jeroboam
    king of Israel had made, he alone fled the company of all,
6   And went to Jerusalem to the temple of the Lord, and there
    adored the Lord God of Israel, offering faithfully all his
    firstfruits, and his tithes,
7   So that in the third year he gave all his tithes to the
    proselytes, and strangers.
8   These and such like things did he observe when but a boy
    according to the law of God.
9   But when he was a man, he took to wife Anna of his own
    tribe, and had a son by her, whom he called after his own
    name,
10  And from his infancy he taught him to fear God, and to
    abstain from all sin.
11  And when by the captivity he with his wife and his son and
    all his tribe was come to the city of Ninive,
12  (When all ate of the meats of the Gentiles) he kept his
    soul and never was defiled with their meats.
13  And because he was mindful of the Lord with all his heart,
    God gave him favour in the sight of Salmanasar the king.
14  And he gave him leave to go whithersoever he would, with
    liberty to do whatever he had a mind.
15  He therefore went to all that were in captivity, and gave
    them wholesome admonitions.
16  And when he was come to Rages a city of the Medes, and had
    ten talents of silver of that with which he had been
    honoured by the king:
17  And when amongst a great multitude of his kindred, he saw
    Gabelus in want, who was one of his tribe, taking a note
    of his hand he gave him the aforesaid sum of money.
18  But after a long time, Salmanasar the king being dead,
    when Sennacherib his son, who reigned in his place, had a
    hatred for the children of Israel:
19  Tobias daily went among all his kindred, and comforted
    them, and distributed to every one as he was able, out of
    his goods:
20  He fed the hungry, and gave clothes to the naked, and was
    careful to bury the dead, and they that were slain.
21  And when king Sennacherib was come back, fleeing from
    Judea by reason of the slaughter that God had made about
    him for his blasphemy, and being angry slew many of the
    children of Israel, Tobias buried their bodies.
22  But when it was told the king, he commanded him to be
    slain, and took away all his substance.
23  But Tobias fleeing naked away with his son and with his
    wife, lay concealed, for many loved him.
24  But after forty-five days, the king was killed by his own
    sons.
25  And Tobias returned to his house, and all his substance
    was restored to him.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 2
1   But after this, when there was a festival of the Lord, and
    a good dinner was prepared in Tobias's house,
2   He said to his son: Go, and bring some of our tribe that
    fear God, to feast with us.
3   And when he had gone, returning he told him, that one of
    the children of Israel lay slain in the street. And he
    forthwith leaped up from his place at the table, and left
    his dinner, and came fasting to the body:
4   And taking it up carried it privately to his house, that
    after the sun was down, he might bury him cautiously.
5   And when he had hid the body, he ate bread with mourning
    and fear,
6   Remembering the word which the Lord spoke by Amos the
    prophet: Your festival days shall be turned into
    lamentation and mourning.
7   So when the sun was down, he went and buried him.
8   Now all his neighbours blamed him, saying: Once already
    commandment was given for thee to be slain because of this
    matter, and thou didst scarce escape the sentence of
    death, and dost thou again bury the dead?
9   But Tobias fearing God more than the king, carried off the
    bodies of them that were slain, and hid them in his house,
    and at midnight buried them.
10  Now it happened one day, that being wearied with burying,
    he came to his house, and cast himself down by the wall
    and slept,
11  And as he was sleeping, hot dung out of a swallow's nest
    fell upon his eyes, and he was made blind.
12  Now this trial the Lord therefore permitted to happen to
    him, that an example might be given to posterity of his
    patience, as also of holy Job.
13  For whereas he had always feared God from his infancy, and
    kept his commandments, he repined not against God because
    the evil of blindness had befallen him,
14  But continued immoveable in the fear of God, giving thanks
    to God all the days of his life.
15  For as the kings insulted over holy Job: so his relations
    and kinsmen mocked at his life, saying:
16  Where is thy hope, for which thou gavest alms, and
    buriedst the dead?
17  But Tobias rebuked them, saying: Speak not so:
18  For we are the children of the saints, and look for that
    life which God will give to those that never change their
    faith from him.
19  Now Anna his wife went daily to weaving work, and she
    brought home what she could get for their living by the
    labour of her hands.
20  Whereby it came to pass, that she received a young kid,
    and brought it home:
21  And when her husband heard it bleating, he said: Take
    heed, lest perhaps it be stolen: restore ye it to its
    owners, for it is not lawful for us either to eat or to
    touch any thing that cometh by theft.
22  At these words his wife being angry answered: It is
    evident thy hope is come to nothing, and thy alms now
    appear.
23  And with these, and other such like words she upbraided
    him.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 3
1   Then Tobias sighed, and began to pray with tears,
2   Saying: Thou art just, O Lord, and all thy judgments are
    just, and all thy ways mercy, and truth, and judgment:
3   And now, O Lord, think of me, and take not revenge of my
    sins, neither remember my offenses, nor those of my
    parents.
4   For we have not obeyed thy commandments, therefore are we
    delivered to spoil and to captivity, and death, and are
    made a fable, and a reproach to all nations, amongst which
    thou hast scattered us.
5   And now, O Lord, great are thy judgments, because we have
    not done according to thy precepts, and have not walked
    sincerely before thee:
6   And now, O Lord, do with me according to thy will, and
    command my spirit to be received in peace: for it is
    better for me to die, than to live.
7   Now it happened on the same day, that Sara daughter of
    Raguel, in Rages a city of the Medes, received a reproach
    from one of her father's servant maids,
8   Because she had been given to seven husbands, and a devil
    named Asmodeus had killed them, at their first going in
    unto her.
9   So when she reproved the maid for her fault, she answered
    her, saying: May we never see son, or daughter of thee
    upon the earth, thou murderer of thy husbands.
10  Wilt thou kill me also, as thou hast already killed seven
    husbands? At these words she went into an upper chamber of
    her house: and for three days and three nights did neither
    eat nor drink:
11  But continuing in prayer with tears besought God, that he
    would deliver her from this reproach.
12  And it came to pass on the third day, when she was making
    an end of her prayer, blessing the Lord,
13  She said: Blessed is thy name, O God of our fathers: who
    when thou hast been angry, wilt shew mercy, and in the
    time of tribulation forgivest the sins of them that call
    upon thee.
14  To thee, O Lord, I turn my face, to thee I direct my eyes.
15  I beg, O Lord, that thou loose me from the bond of this
    reproach, or else take me away from the earth.
16  Thou knowest, O Lord, that I never coveted a husband, and
    have kept my soul clean from all lust.
17  Never have I joined myself with them that play: neither
    have I made myself partaker with them that walk in
    lightness.
18  But a husband I consented to take, with thy fear, not with
    my lust.
19  And either I was unworthy of them, or they perhaps were
    not worthy of me: because perhaps thou hast kept me for
    another man.
20  For thy counsel is not in man's power.
21  But this every one is sure of that worshippeth thee, that
    his life, if it be under trial, shall be crowned: and if
    it be under tribulation, it shall be delivered: and if it
    be under correction, it shall be allowed to come to thy
    mercy.
22  For thou art not delighted in our being lost: because
    after a storm thou makest a calm, and after tears and
    weeping thou pourest in joyfulness.
23  Be thy name, O God of Israel, blessed for ever.
24  At that time the prayers of them both were heard in the
    sight of the glory of the most high God:
25  And the holy angel of the Lord, Raphael was sent to heal
    them both, whose prayers at one time were rehearsed in the
    sight of the Lord.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 4
1   Therefore when Tobias thought that his prayer was heard
    that he might die, he called to him Tobias his son,
2   And said to him: Hear, my son, the words of my mouth, and
    lay them as a foundation in thy heart.
3   When God shall take my soul, thou shalt bury my body: and
    thou shalt honour thy mother all the days of her life:
4   For thou must be mindful what and how great perils she
    suffered for thee in her womb.
5   And when she also shall have ended the time of her life,
    bury her by me.
6   And all the days of thy life have God in thy mind: and
    take heed thou never consent to sin, nor transgress the
    commandments of the Lord our God.
7   Give alms out of thy substance, and turn not away thy face
    from any poor person: for so it shall come to pass that
    the face of the Lord shall not be turned from thee.
8   According to thy ability be merciful.
9   If thou have much give abundantly: if thou have a little,
    take care even so to bestow willingly a little.
10  For thus thou storest up to thyself a good reward for the
    day of necessity.
11  For alms deliver from all sin, and from death, and will
    not suffer the soul to go into darkness.
12  Alms shall be a great confidence before the most high God,
    to all them that give it.
13  Take heed to keep thyself, my son, from all fornication,
    and beside thy wife never endure to know a crime.
14  Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind, or in thy words:
    for from it all perdition took its beginning.
15  If any man hath done any work for thee, immediately pay
    him his hire, and let not the wages of thy hired servant
    stay with thee at all.
16  See thou never do to another what thou wouldst hate to
    have done to thee by another.
17  Eat thy bread with the hungry and the needy, and with thy
    garments cover the naked.
18  Lay out thy bread, and thy wine upon the burial of a just
    man, and do not eat and drink thereof with the wicked.
19  Seek counsel always of a wise man.
20  Bless God at all times: and desire of him to direct thy
    ways, and that all thy counsels may abide in him.
21  I tell thee also, my son, that I lent ten talents of
    silver, while thou wast yet a child, to Gabelus, in Rages
    a city of the Medes, and I have a note of his hand with
    me:
22  Now therefore inquire how thou mayst go to him, and
    receive of him the foresaid sum of money, and restore to
    him the note of his hand.
23  Fear not, my son: we lead indeed a poor life, but we shall
    have many good things if we fear God, and depart from all
    sin, and do that which is good.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 5
1   Then Tobias answered his father, and said: I will do all
    things, father, which thou hast commanded me.
2   But how I shall get this money, I cannot tell; he knoweth
    me not, and I know not him: what token shall I give him?
    nor did I ever know the way which leadeth thither.
3   Then his father answered him, and said: I have a note of
    his hand with me, which when thou shalt shew him, he will
    presently pay it.
4   But go now, and seek thee out some faithful man, to go
    with thee for his hire: that thou mayst receive it, while
    I yet live.
5   Then Tobias going forth, found a beautiful young man,
    standing girded, and as it were ready to walk.
6   And not knowing that he was an angel of God, he saluted
    him, and said: From whence art thou, good young man?
7   But he answered: Of the children of Israel. And Tobias
    said to him: Knowest thou the way that leadeth to the
    country of the Medes?
8   And he answered: I know it: and I have often walked
    through all the ways thereof, and I have abode with
    Gabelus our brother, who dwelleth at Rages a city of the
    Medes, which is situate in the mount of Ecbatana.
9   And Tobias said to him: Stay for me, I beseech thee, till
    I tell these same things to my father.
10  Then Tobias going in told all these things to his father.
    Upon which his father being in admiration, desired that he
    would come in unto him.
11  So going in he saluted him, and said: Joy be to thee
    always.
12  And Tobias said: What manner of joy shall be to me, who
    sit in darkness, and see not the light of heaven?
13  And the young man said to him: Be of good courage, thy
    cure from God is at hand.
14  And Tobias said to him: Canst thou conduct my son to
    Gabelus at Rages, a city of the Medes? and when thou shalt
    return, I will pay thee thy hire.
15  And the angel said to him: I will conduct him thither, and
    bring him back to thee.
16  And Tobias said to him: I pray thee, tell me, of what
    family, or what tribe art thou?
17  And Raphael the angel answered: Dost thou seek the family
    of him thou hirest, or the hired servant himself to go
    with thy son?
18  But lest I should make thee uneasy, I am Azarias the son
    of the great Ananias.
19  And Tobias answered: Thou art of a great family. But I
    pray thee be not angry that I desired to know thy family.
20  And the angel said to him: I will lead thy son safe, and
    bring him to thee again safe.
21  And Tobias answering, said: May you have a good journey,
    and God be with you in your way, and his angel accompany
    you.
22  Then all things being ready, that were to be carried in
    their journey, Tobias bade his father and his mother
    farewell, and they set out both together.
23  And when they were departed, his mother began to weep, and
    to say: Thou hast taken the staff of our old age, and sent
    him away from us.
24  I wish the money for which thou hast sent him, had never
    been.
25  For poverty was sufficient for us, that we might account
    it as riches, that we saw our son.
26  And Tobias said to her: Weep not, our son will arrive
    thither safe, and will return safe to us, and thy eyes
    shall see him.
27  For I believe that the good angel of God doth accompany
    him, and doth order all things well that are done about
    him, so that he shall return to us with joy.
28  At these words his mother ceased weeping, and held her
    peace.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 6
1   And Tobias went forward, and the dog followed him, and he
    lodged the first night by the river of Tigris.
2   And he went out to wash his feet, and behold a monstrous
    fish came up to devour him.
3   And Tobias being afraid of him, cried out with a loud
    voice, saying: Sir, he cometh upon me.
4   And the angel said to him: Take him by the gill, and draw
    him to thee. And when he had done so, he drew him out upon
    the land, and he began to pant before his feet.
5   Then the angel said to him: Take out the entrails of the
    fish, and lay up his heart, and his gall, and his liver
    for thee: for these are necessary for useful medicines.
6   And when he had done so, he roasted the flesh thereof, and
    they took it with them in the way: the rest they salted as
    much as might serve them, till they came to Rages the city
    of the Medes.
7   Then Tobias asked the angel, and said to him: I beseech
    thee, brother Azarias, tell me what remedies are these
    things good for, which thou hast bid me keep of the fish?
8   And the angel, answering, said to him: If thou put a
    little piece of its heart upon coals, the smoke thereof
    driveth away all kind of devils, either from man or from
    woman, so that they come no more to them.
9   And the gall is good for anointing the eyes, in which
    there is a white speck, and they shall be cured.
10  And Tobias said to him: Where wilt thou that we lodge?
11  And the angel answering, said: Here is one whose name is
    Raguel, a near kinsman of thy tribe, and he hath a
    daughter named Sara, but he hath no son nor any other
    daughter beside her.
12  All his substance is due to thee, and thou must take her
    to wife.
13  Ask her therefore of her father, and he will give her thee
    to wife.
14  Then Tobias answered, and said: I hear that she hath been
    given to seven husbands, and they all died: moreover I
    have heard, that a devil killed them.
15  Now I am afraid, lest the same thing should happen to me
    also: and whereas I am the only child of my parents, I
    should bring down their old age with sorrow to hell.
16  Then the angel Raphael said to him: Hear me, and I will
    shew thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail.
17  For they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut
    out God from themselves, and from their mind, and to give
    themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which
    have not understanding, over them the devil hath power.
18  But thou when thou shalt take her, go into the chamber,
    and for three days keep thyself continent from her, and
    give thyself to nothing else but to prayers with her.
19  And on that night lay the liver of the fish on the fire,
    and the devil shall be driven away.
20  But the second night thou shalt be admitted into the
    society of the holy Patriarchs.
21  And the third night thou shalt obtain a blessing that
    sound children may be born of you.
22  And when the third night is past, thou shalt take the
    virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of
    children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou
    mayst obtain a blessing in children.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 7
1   And they went in to Raguel, and Raguel received them with
    joy.
2   And Raguel looking upon Tobias, said to Anna his wife: How
    like is this young man to my cousin?
3   And when he had spoken these words, he said: Whence are ye
    young men our brethren?
4   But they said: We are of the tribe of Nephtali, of the
    captiveof Ninive.
5   And Raguel said to them: Do you know Tobias my brother?
    And they said: We know him.
6   And when he was speaking many good things of him, the
    angel said to Raguel: Tobias concerning whom thou
    inquirest is this young man's father.
7   And Raguel went to him, and kissed him with tears, and
    weeping upon his neck, said: A blessing be upon thee, my
    son, because thou art the son of a good and most virtuous
    man.
8   And Anna his wife, and Sara their daughter wept.
9   And after they had spoken, Raguel commanded a sheep to be
    killed, and a feast to be prepared. And when he desired
    them to sit down to dinner,
10  Tobias said: I will not eat nor drink here this day,
    unless thou first grant me my petition, and promise to
    give me Sara thy daughter.
11  Now when Raguel heard this he was afraid, knowing what had
    happened to those seven husbands, that went in unto her:
    and he began to fear lest it might happen to him also in
    like manner: and as he was in suspense, and gave no answer
    to his petition,
12  The angel said to him: Be not afraid to give her to this
    man, for to him who feareth God is thy daughter due to be
    his wife: therefore another could not have her.
13  Then Raguel said: I doubt not but God hath regarded my
    prayers and tears in his sight.
14  And I believe he hath therefore made you come to me, that
    this maid might be married to one of her own kindred,
    according to the law of Moses: and now doubt not but I
    will give her to thee.
15  And taking the right hand of his daughter, he gave it into
    the right hand of Tobias, saying: The God of Abraham, and
    the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you, and
    may he join you together, and fulfil his blessing in you.
16  And taking paper they made a writing of the marriage.
17  And afterwards they made merry, blessing God.
18  And Raguel called to him Anna his wife, and bade her
    prepare another chamber.
19  And she brought Sara her daughter in thither, and she
    wept.
20  And she said to her: Be of good cheer, my daughter: the
    Lord of heaven give thee joy for the trouble thou hast
    undergone.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 8
1   And after they had supped, they brought in the young man
    to her.
2   And Tobias remembering the angel's word, took out of his
    bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals.
3   Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in
    the desert of upper Egypt.
4   Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and said to her: Sara,
    arise, and let us pray to God to day, and to morrow, and
    the next day: because for these three nights we are joined
    to God: and when the third night is over, we will be in
    our own wedlock.
5   For we are the children of saints, and we must not be
    joined together like heathens that know not God.
6   So they both arose, and prayed earnestly both together
    that health might be given them,
7   And Tobias said: Lord God of our father, may the heavens
    and the earth, and the sea, and the fountains, and the
    rivers, and all thy creatures that are in them, bless
    thee.
8   Thou madest Adam of the slime of the earth, and gavest him
    Eve for a helper.
9   And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do
    I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of
    posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and
    ever.
10  Sara also said: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on
    us, and let us grow old both together in health.
11  And it came to pass about the cockcrowing, Raguel ordered
    his servants to be called for, and they went with him
    together to dig a grave.
12  For he said: Lest perhaps it may have happened to him, in
    like manner as it did to the other seven husbands, that
    went in unto her.
13  And when they had prepared the pit, Raguel went back to
    his wife, and said to her:
14  Send one of thy maids, and let her see if he be dead, that
    I may bury him before it be day.
15  So she sent one of her maidservants, who went into the
    chamber, and found them safe and sound, sleeping both
    together.
16  And returning she brought the good news: and Raguel and
    Anna his wife blessed the Lord,
17  And said: We bless thee, O Lord God of Israel, because it
    hath not happened as we suspected.
18  For thou hast shewn thy mercy to us, and hast shut out
    from us the enemy that persecuted us.
19  And thou hast taken pity upon two only children. Make
    them, O Lord, bless thee more fully: and to offer up to
    thee a sacrifice of thy praise, and of their health, that
    all nations may know, that thou alone art God in all the
    earth.
20  And immediately Raguel commanded his servants, to fill up
    the pit they had made, before it was day.
21  And he spoke to his wife to make ready a feast, and
    prepare all kind of provisions that are necessary for such
    as go a journey.
22  He caused also two fat kine, and four wethers to be
    killed, and a banquet to be prepared for all his
    neighbours, and all his friends.
23  And Raguel adjured Tobias, to abide with him two weeks.
24  And of all things which Raguel possessed, he gave one half
    to Tobias, and made him a writing, that the half that
    remained should after their decease come also to Tobias.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 9
1   Then Tobias called the angel to him, whom he took to be a
    man, and said to him: Brother Azarias, I pray thee hearken
    to my words:
2   If I should give myself to be thy servant I should not
    make a worthy return for thy care.
3   However, I beseech thee, to take with thee beasts and
    servants, and to go to Gabelus to Rages the city of the
    Medes: and to restore to him his note of hand, and receive
    of him the money, and desire him to come to my wedding.
4   For thou knowest that my father numbereth the days: and if
    I stay one day more, his soul will be afflicted.
5   And indeed thou seest how Raguel hath adjured me, whose
    adjuring I cannot despise.
6   Then Raphael took four of Raguel's servants, and two
    camels, and went to Rages the city of the Medes: and
    finding Gabelus, gave him his note of hand, and received
    of him all the money.
7   And he told him concerning Tobias the son of Tobias, all
    that had been done: and made him come with him to the
    wedding.
8   And when he was come into Raguel's house he found Tobias
    sitting at the table: and he leaped up, and they kissed
    each other: and Gabelus wept, and blessed God,
9   And said: The God of Israel bless thee, because thou art
    the son of a very good and just man, and that feareth God,
    and doth almsdeeds:
10  And may a blessing come upon thy wife and upon your
    parents.
11  And may you see your children, and your children's
    children, unto the third and fourth generation: and may
    your seed be blessed by the God of Israel, who reigneth
    for ever and ever.
12  And when all had said, Amen, they went to the feast: but
    the marriage feast they celebrated also with the fear of
    the Lord.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 10
1   But as Tobias made longer stay upon occasion of the
    marriage, Tobias his father was solicitous, saying: Why
    thinkest thou doth my son tarry, or why is he detained
    there?
2   Is Gabelus dead, thinkest thou, and no man will pay him
    the money?
3   And he began to be exceeding sad, both he and Anna his
    wife with him: and they began both to weep together:
    because their son did not return to them on the day
    appointed.
4   But his mother wept and was quite disconsolate, and said:
    Woe, woe is me, my son; why did we send thee to go to a
    strange country, the light of our eyes, the staff of our
    old age, the comfort of our life, the hope of our
    posterity?
5   We having all things together in thee alone, ought not to
    have let thee go from us.
6   And Tobias said to her: Hold thy peace, and be not
    troubled, our son is safe: that man with whom we sent him
    is very trusty.
7   But she could by no means be comforted, but daily running
    out looked round about, and went into all the ways by
    which there seemed any hope he might return, that she
    might if possible see him coming afar off.
8   But Raguel said to his son in law: Stay here, and I will
    send a messenger to Tobias thy father, that thou art in
    health.
9   And Tobias said to him: I know that my father and mother
    now count the days, and their spirit is grievously
    afflicted within them.
10  And when Raguel had pressed Tobias with many words, and he
    by no means would hearken to him, he delivered Sara unto
    him, and half of all his substance in menservants, and
    womenservants, in cattle, in camels, and in kine, and in
    much money, and sent him away safe and joyful from him.
11  Saying: The holy angel of the Lord be with you in your
    journey, and bring you through safe, and that you may find
    all things well about your parents, and my eyes see your
    children before I die.
12  And the parents taking their daughter kissed her, and let
    her go:
13  Admonishing her to honour her father and mother in law, to
    love her husband, to take care of the family, to govern
    the house, and to behave herself irreprehensibly.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 11
1   And as they were returning they came to Charan, which is
    in the midway to Ninive, the eleventh day.
2   And the angel said: Brother Tobias, thou knowest how thou
    didst leave thy father.
3   If it please thee therefore, let us go before, and let the
    family follow softly after us, together with thy wife, and
    with the beasts.
4   And as this their going pleased him, Raphael said to
    Tobias: Take with thee of the gall of the fish, for it
    will be necessary. So Tobias took some of that gall and
    departed.
5   But Anna sat beside the way daily, on the top of a hill,
    from whence she might see afar off.
6   And while she watched his coming from that place, she saw
    him afar off, and presently perceived it was her son
    coming: and returning she told her husband, saying: Behold
    thy son cometh.
7   And Raphael said to Tobias: As soon as thou shalt come
    into thy house, forthwith adore the Lord thy God: and
    giving thanks to him, go to thy father, and kiss him.
8   And immediately anoint his eyes with this gall of the
    fish, which thou carriest with thee. For be assured that
    his eyes shall be presently opened, and thy father shall
    see the light of heaven, and shall rejoice in the sight of
    thee.
9   Then the dog, which had been with them in the way, ran
    before, and coming as if he had brought the news, shewed
    his joy by his fawning and wagging his tail.
10  And his father that was blind, rising up, began to run
    stumbling with his feet: and giving a servant his hand,
    went to meet his son.
11  And receiving him kissed him, as did also his wife, and
    they began to weep for joy.
12  And when they had adored God, and given him thanks, they
    sat down together.
13  Then Tobias taking of the gall of the fish, anointed his
    father's eyes.
14  And he stayed about half an hour: and a white skin began
    to come out of his eyes, like the skin of an egg.
15  And Tobias took hold of it, and drew it from his eyes, and
    immediately he recovered his sight.
16  And they glorified God, both he and his wife and all that
    knew them.
17  And Tobias said: I bless thee, O Lord God of Israel,
    because thou hast chastised me, and thou hast saved me:
    and behold I see Tobias my son.
18  And after seven days Sara his son's wife, and all the
    family arrived safe, and the cattle, and the camels, and
    an abundance of money of his wife's: and that money also
    which he had received of Gabelus:
19  And he told his parents all the benefits of God, which he
    had done to him by the man that conducted him.
20  And Achior and Nabath the kinsmen of Tobias came,
    rejoicing for Tobias, and congratulating with him for all
    the good things that God had done for him.
21  And for seven days they feasted and rejoiced all with
    great joy.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 12
1   Then Tobias called to him his son, and said to him: What
    can we give to this holy man, that is come with thee?
2   Tobias answering, said to his father: Father, what wages
    shall we give him? or what can be worthy of his benefits?
3   He conducted me and brought me safe again, he received the
    money of Gabelus, he caused me to have my wife, and he
    chased from her the evil spirit, he gave joy to her
    parents, myself he delivered from being devoured by the
    fish, thee also he hath made to see the light of heaven,
    and we are filled with all good things through him. What
    can we give him sufficient for these things?
4   But I beseech thee, my father, to desire him, that he
    would vouchsafe to accept one half of all things that have
    been brought.
5   So the father and the son, calling him, took him aside:
    and began to desire him that he would vouchsafe to accept
    of half of all things that they had brought.
6   Then he said to them secretly: Bless ye the God of heaven,
    give glory to him in the sight of all that live, because
    he hath shewn his mercy to you.
7   For it is good to hide the secret of a king: but
    honourable to reveal and confess the works of God.
8   Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up
    treasures of gold:
9   For alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which
    purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life
    everlasting.
10  But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to
    their own soul.
11  I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide
    the secret from you.
12  When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead,
    and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in
    thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to
    the Lord.
13  And because thou wast acceptable to God, it was necessary
    that temptation should prove thee.
14  And now the Lord hath sent me to heal thee, and to deliver
    Sara thy son's wife from the devil.
15  For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand
    before the Lord.
16  And when they had heard these things, they were troubled,
    and being seized with fear they fell upon the ground on
    their face.
17  And the angel said to them: Peace be to you, fear not.
18  For when I was with you, I was there by the will of God:
    bless ye him, and sing praises to him.
19  I seemed indeed to eat and to drink with you: but I use an
    invisible meat and drink, which cannot be seen by men.
20  It is time therefore that I return to him that sent me:
but bless ye God, and publish all his wonderful works.
21  And when he had said these things, he was taken from their
    sight, and they could see him no more.
22  Then they lying prostrate for three hours upon their face,
    blessed God: and rising up, they told all his wonderful
    works.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 13
1   And Tobias the elder opening his mouth, blessed the Lord,
    and said: Thou art great, O Lord, for ever, and thy
    kingdom is unto all ages:
2   For thou scourgest, and thou savest: thou leadest down to
    hell, and bringest up again: and there is none that can
    escape thy hand.
3   Give glory to the Lord, ye children of Israel, and praise
    him in the sight of the Gentiles:
4   Because he hath therefore scattered you among the
    Gentiles, who know not him, that you may declare his
    wonderful works, and make them know that there is no other
    almighty God besides him.
5   He hath chastised us for our iniquities: and he will save
    us for his own mercy.
6   See then what he hath done with us, and with fear and
    trembling give ye glory to him: and extol the eternal King
    of worlds in your works.
7   As for me, I will praise him in the land of my captivity:
    because he hath shewn his majesty toward a sinful nation.
8   Be converted therefore, ye sinners, and do justice before
    God, believing that he will shew his mercy to you.
9   And I and my soul will rejoice in him.
10  Bless ye the Lord, all his elect, keep days of joy, and
    give glory to him.
11  Jerusalem, city of God, the Lord hath chastised thee for
    the works of thy hands.
12  Give glory to the Lord for thy good things, and bless the
    God eternal, that he may rebuild his tabernacle in thee,
    and may call back all the captives to thee, and thou mayst
    rejoice for ever and ever.
13  Thou shalt shine with a glorious light: and all the ends
    of the earth shall worship thee.
14  Nations from afar shall come to thee: and shall bring
    gifts, and shall adore the Lord in thee, and shall esteem
    thy land as holy.
15  For they shall call upon the great name in thee.
16  They shall be cursed that shall despise thee: and they
    shall be condemned that shall blaspheme thee: and blessed
    shall they be that shall build thee up.
17  But thou shalt rejoice in thy children, because they shall
    all be blessed, and shall be gathered together to the
    Lord.
18  Blessed are all they that love thee, and that rejoice in
    thy peace.
19  My soul, bless thou the Lord, because the Lord our God
    hath delivered Jerusalem his city from all her troubles.
20  Happy shall I be if there shall remain of my seed, to see
    the glory of Jerusalem.
21  The gates of Jerusalem shall be built of sapphire, and of
    emerald, and all the walls thereof round about of precious
    stones.
22  All its streets shall be paved with white and clean
    stones: and Alleluia shall be sung in its streets.
23  Blessed be the Lord, who hath exalted it, and may he reign
    over it for ever and ever, Amen.

                The Book of Tobias, Chapter 14
1   And the words of Tobias were ended. And after Tobias was
    restored to his sight, he lived two and forty years, and
    saw the children of his grandchildren.
2   And after he had lived a hundred and two years, he was
    buried honourably in Ninive.
3   For he was six and fifty years old when he lost the sight
    of his eyes, and sixty when he recovered it again.
4   And the rest of his life was in joy, and with great
    increase of the fear of God he departed in peace.
5   And at the hour of his death he called unto him his son
    Tobias and his children, seven young men, his grandsons,
    and said to them:
6   The destruction of Ninive is at hand: for the word of the
    Lord must be fulfilled: and our brethren, that are
    scattered abroad from the land of Israel, shall return to
    it.
7   And all the land thereof that is desert shall be filled
    with people, and the house of God which is burnt in it,
    shall again be rebuilt: and all that fear God shall return
    thither.
8   And the Gentiles shall leave their idols, and shall come
    into Jerusalem, and shall dwell in it.
9   And all the kings of the earth shall rejoice in it,
    adoring the King of Israel.
10  Hearken therefore, my children, to your father: serve the
    Lord in truth, and seek to do the things that please him:
11  And command your children that they do justice and
    almsdeeds, and that they be mindful of God, and bless him
    at all times in truth, and with all their power.
12  And now, children, hear me, and do not stay here: but as
    soon as you shall bury your mother by me in one sepulchre,
    without delay direct your steps to depart hence:
13  For I see that its iniquity will bring it to destruction.
14  And it came to pass that after the death of his mother,
    Tobias departed out of Ninive with his wife, and children,
    and children's children, and returned to his father and
    mother in law.
15  And he found them in health in a good old age: and he took
    care of them, and he closed their eyes: and all the
    inheritance of Raguel's house came to him: and he saw his
    children's children to the fifth generation.
16  And after he had lived ninety-nine years in the fear of
    the Lord, with joy they buried him.
17  And all his kindred, and all his generation continued in
    good life, and in holy conversation, so that they were
    acceptable both to God, and to men, and to all that dwelt
    in the land.

 

                

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