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        The book of the words of Tobit son of Tobiel, son of Ananeil, son of Aduel, son of Gabael, of the seed of Asael of the tribe of Nephali.  Who, in the time of Enemessar king of the Assyrians, was led captive out of Thisbe, which is at the right hand of that city, which is properly called Napthali in Galilee above Asher

 

     Chapter 1 

1.  I Tobit have walked all the days of my life in the way of truth and justice, and I gave much alms to my brothers and my nation who came with me to Nineveh, into the land of the Assyrians.

2.  When I was in my own country, in the land of Israel, being yet young, all of the tribe of Napthali my father fell from the house of Jerusalem which was chosen out of all the tribes that they all should sacrifice where the temple of the Most High was consecrated and built for all ages.

3.  When all the tribes then revolted, inclusive the house of my father Napthali, sacrificing to the heifer baal, I alone went often to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts.

4.  And I gave the first fruits and the tenths of the increase at the altar to the priests the children of Aaron.

5.  The first tenth part I gave to the sons of Aaron who ministered at Jerusalem, and another tenth part I sold and spend it every year at Jerusalem.

6.  And a third I gave to them to whom it was meet as Debora, my father's mother had commanded me, because I was left an orphan by my father.

7.  Furthermore when I was come to the age of a man, I married Anna of my own kindred, and of her I begot Tobias.

8.  And when we were carried away captive to Nineveh, all my brothers, and those that were of my kindred ate the bread of the Gentiles.

9.  But I kept myself from that because I remembered God with all my heart, and the Most High gave me grace and favor before Enemessar, so that I was his purveyor.

10.  And being once in Media I left ten talents of silver in trust with Gabael, brother of Gabrias, at Rages a city of Media.

11.  When Enemessar now was dead, Sennacherib his son reigned in his stead, whose estate was so troubled that I could not go into Media.

12.  But while yet in the time of Enemessar I gave much alms to my brothers, my bread to the hungry, and my clothes to the naked.

13.  And if I saw any of my nation dead, or cast about the walls of Nineveh, I buried him.

14.  And those slain by king Sannecherib, when he had come fleeing from Judea, I buried secretly, for in his wrath he killed many, the bodies thus were not to be found when they were sought for by the king.

15.  And when one of the Ninevites complained about me to the king that I buried them, and knowing I was sought for to be put to death, I withdrew for fear.

16.  Then all my goods were forcibly taken away, leaving me nothing besides my wife Anna and my son Tobias.

17.  But in 55 days two of his sons killed him, and they fled into the mountains of Ararath, and Sarchedonus his son, reigned in his stead.

18.  He then appointed Achiacharus, son of my brother Anael, over his father's accounts, and over all his affairs, and Achiacharus entreated me, and I returned to Nineveh.

19.  Achiacharus now was cup-bearer and keeper of the signet and steward and overseer of the accounts, and Sarchedonus appointed him next to himself.

 

      Chapter 2 

     Tobit buries the dead.

1.  When I now had come home again and my wife Anna was restored to me with my son Tobias in the feast of Pentecost, which is the feast of the seven weeks, there was a good dinner prepared for me at which I sat down to eat.

2.  And seeing the abundance of the meat, I said to my son, go and bring whatsoever poor persons you shall find out of my brothers who are mindful of the Lord, and I will wait for you.

3.  And as he came again he said; "Father, one of our nation is strangled and cast out in the marketplace."  And before I had tasted of the meat I got up and hid him in my house until the sun would go down.

4.  Then I washed myself and ate my meat in heaviness remembering the prophecy of Amos as he said; "your feasts shall be turned into mourning, and your joy into lamentation."

5.  Therefore I wept, and after the sun had gone down I went and made a grave and buried him, but my neighbors mocked me saying; "Will this man still not be afraid to be put to death, for he fled away, and look now he is burying the dead again."

6.  That night then as I returned from the burial and slept by the wall of my courtyard being dirty, and my face uncovered, I was not aware that there were sparrows on the wall.

7.  And my eyes being open the sparrows muted warm dung into my eyes, and a whitewash came on my eyes, I then went to the physician, but they could not help me, and Achiacharus nourished me until I went to Elymain.

8.  And my wife Anna took to perform women's work, and when she had been sent home to the owners, they paid her wages and also gave her a kid.

9.  And the kid having come into my house and lauded, I said to her; "From where is this kid?  If it be stolen render it back to its owners for it is not lawful to eat anything that is stolen."

10.  But she replied; "It was given me a gift over my wages."  I however would not believe her, but begged her to return it to its owners, I being abased at her.

11.  And she replied to me; "What good is your trust, your alms and your righteous deeds account for nothing."  Thus she reproved me.

 

     Chapter 3 

     Prayer of Tobit.

1.  Then I being grieved, wept and prayed saying in my sorrow; O Lord Thou art just, and all Thy works and ways are mercy and truth, and Thou judges truthfully and justly

2.  Remember me and look on me, punish me not for my sins and ignorance and the sins of my fathers who sinned before Thee.

3.  For they did not obey Thy commandments for which reason Thou delivered us for a spoil and into captivity and to death and a proverb of reproach to all the nations among whom we are dispersed.

4.  And now Thy judgments are many and true, deal with me according to my sins and my father's, for we have not kept Thy commandments, nor walked in truth before Thee

5.  Therefore now deal with me as it seems good to Thee, and command my spirit to be taken from me that I may be dissolved and become earth.

6.  For I will rather die than to live, because I have heard false reproaches and have much sorrow.

7.  Command therefore now that I may be delivered out of this distress and go into the everlasting place, turn not Thy face from me.

     Sara's reproach.

8.  It now came to pass in the same day that in Ecabane, a city of Media, Sara, daughter of Raguel, was also reproached by her father's maids, for she had been married to seven husbands whom were killed by Asmodeus the evil spirit before they had even lain with her.

9.  One such reproach was; "May God never give us to see a son or daughter of you murderer of men.  You have strangled your husbands, and will you now kill me as these seven?"

10.  Sara hearing these words then was very sorrowful and thought to strangle herself, but she said; I am the only daughter of my father, and if I do this I shall be a reproach to him, and bring his old age to the grave with sorrow.

11.  She then prayed looking through the window saying; "Blessed art Thou O Lord my God, and Thy holy and glorious name be honorable forever.

12.  Let all Thy works praise Thee forever, and now O Lord I set my face and my eyes towards Thee and say; Take me out of this earth that I may no more hear the reproach.

13.  Thou Lord knows that I am pure from all sin with men, and that I have never polluted my name nor the name of my father in the land of my captivity.

14.  I am the only daughter of my father, neither has he any child to be his nor any kinsman, nor any such alive to whom I may keep myself for a wife.

15.  My seven husbands are already dead, and why should I live?  But if it please not Thee that I should die, command some regard to be had of me, and pity taken of me that I may hear no more reproach."

16.  And the prayers of both of them were heard before the majesty of the Great God, and Raphael was sent to heal them, both to scale away the whitewash of Tobit's eyes.

17.  And to give Sara the daughter of Raguel for wife to Tobias the son of Tobit, and to bind Asmodeus the evil spirit because she belonged to Tobias by right of inheritance.

18.  And at the same time Tobit came home entering his house, and Sara came down from her upper chamber.

 

     Chapter 4 

     Tobit admonishes Tobias.

1.  In that day Tobit remembered the money which he had committed to Gabael in Rages of Media, and he said within himself; I have prayed for death, wherefore I shall call Tobias that I may signify the money to him before I die.

2.  And having called him he said; "My son, when I am dead bury me and despise not your mother but honor her all the days of your life and do that which pleases her and grieve her not.

3.  Remember my son that she endured many dangers for you when you were in her womb, and when she is dead bury her in one grave with me.

4.  By mindful always my son of the Lord our God all your days and let it not be your will to sin or transgress His commandments, be upright all your life long, and follow not in ways of unrighteousness.

5.  For if you deal uprightly your labors shall prosper and return to you as it is to all that live justly.

6.  Give alms of your substance, and when you give let not your eye be envious, nor turn your face from any poor, and the face of God will not be turned from you.

7.  If you have abundance give alms accordingly, and if you have but little, be not afraid to give according to that little, for thus you will lay up a good treasure for yourself against the day of necessity.

8.  For alms deliver from death not suffering one to come into darkness, alms is a good gift to all that give it in the sight of the Most High.

9.  Beware my son of all whoredom, and take a wife of the seed of your fathers, and not a strange woman which is not of your father's tribe.

10.  For we are children of the prophets, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, so remember my son that our fathers from the beginning all married wives of their own kindred, and were blessed in their children, and their seed shall inherit the land.

11.  Therefore my son love your brothers and do not in your heart despise the sons and daughters of your people in not taking a wife from them.

12.  For in pride is destruction and much trouble, and in lewdness is decay and great want, for lewdness is the mother of famine.

13.  Let not the wages of any man, which has worked for you tarry with you, but pay him when due, for if you serve God He will also repay you.

14.  Be circumspect in all things that you do, and be wise in all your conversation, and that which you hate do to no man.

15.  Drink not wine to drunkenness, nor let it be with you in your journey, give of your bread to the hungry, and your garments to the naked.

16.  Give alms according to your abundance, and let not your eye be envious when you give, give yourself to the burial of the just, but give nothing to the wicket.

17.  Ask counsel of the wise, and despise not such counsel which is profitable, bless the Lord your God always, and desire of Him that He may direct your ways that all your paths and counsels may prosper.

18.  For not every man has counsel, but of the Lord come all good things, and He humbles whom He wills.

19.  Remember therefore now my commandments my son, nor allow them to go from your mind.

20.  And now I signify to you that I committed ten talents of silver to Gabael the son of Gabrias at Rages in Media.

21.  And let it not trouble you my son that we are made poor, for you have great wealth if you fear God and depart from all sin, and do that which is pleasing in His sight." 

 

      Chapter 5

     Tobias finds the angel for companion.

1.  Tobias then answered, "Father I will do all things that you have commanded me, but how can I receive the money not knowing him?"

2.  Then  I gave him the handwriting and said to him; "Seek a man who may go with you while I yet live, and I will pay him wages, and so go and receive the money".

3.  Therefore when he went to seek a man he found Raphael who was an angel, but he knew it not.

4.  And he said to him; "Can you go with me to Rages and do you know the place well?"  And the angel replied; "I will go with you, and I know the place well for I have lodged with our brother Gabael".

5.  Then Tobias said to him, "Tarry for me till I tell my father."  And he said to him, "Go and tarry not".

6.  So he went and said to his father, "Behold I have found one who will go with me".  And his father said, "Call him to me that I may know of what tribe he is, and if he is a trusty man to go with you".

7.  So he called him, and having come they saluted one another, then Tobit said to him, "Brother, show me of what tribe and family you are".  To which he replied, "Do you seek for a tribe or family, or a hired man to go with your son?"

8.  Then Tobit said; "I wish to know your kindred and name brother."  He then said; "I am Azarias, the son of Ananias the great, and of your brothers."

9.  And Tobit replied; "You are welcome brother, be not angry with me for my inquiry.

10.  I know Ananias and Jonathan, sons of that great Samaias as we went together to Jerusalem to worship after the firstborn and the tenth of the fruits, and they are not seduced with the errors of our brothers, you my brother are of good stock.

11.  But tell me; what wages shall I give you, do you wish a drachm a day with such as things as are required for my son?  Yes and if you return safely I will add something to your wages.

12.  So they were well pleased."  Then he said to Tobias, "Prepare yourself for the journey."  And his son having prepared all things, his father said;

13.  "Go with this man, and may God who dwells in heaven prosper your journey and the angel of God keep you company."  Thus they both went forth and the young man's dog with him. 

14.  But Anna his mother wept and said to Tobit; "Why have you sent our son away, is he not the staff of our hand, in going in and out before us?

15.  Be not greedy to add money to money, but let it be as refuse in respect to our child, for that which the Lord has given us to live with is sufficient for us."

16.  Then Tobit said to her; "Take no care my sister, he shall return in safety and your eyes shall see him, for the good angel will keep him company and his journey shall be prosperous and return safely."  She then ceased weeping.

 

      Chapter 6

      Tobias on the journey.

1.  As they then were on their journey in the evening they came to the river Tigris and lodged there.

2.  And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river and would have hurt him.

3.  Then the angel said to him, "Take the fish."  And the young man took hold of the fish and drew it to land.

4.  Then the angel said; "Open the fish and take the heart the liver and the gall, and secure them safely".

5.  The young man then did as was commanded him, and having roasted the fish they ate it, and both went on their way till they drew near to Ecabane.

6.  Then the young man said to the angel; "Brother Azarias to what use is the liver and the gall of the fish?"

7.  And he said to him; "Concerning the heart and the liver, if a devil or evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the parties shall no longer be vexed.

8.  As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that has whitewash in his eyes, since it will heal him."

9.  And when they came near to rages, the angel said to the young man; "Brother, today we shall lodge with Raguel who is your cousin, and also he has but one daughter named Sara.

10.  And I will speak for her that she may be given you for wife, for to you does the right to her appertain, since you only are of her kindred.

11.  And the maiden is fair and wise, therefore now hear me, and I will speak to her father, and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage.

12.  For I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the Law of Moses except he shall be guilty of death, for the right of inheritance pertains to you more than to any other."

13.  Then the young man answered the angel: "I have heard brother Azarias that this maiden has been given to seven men all of which died in the marriage chamber.

14.  And now I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid lest if I go into her I die as the others before me.

15.  For a wicked spirit loves her who hurts no-one but those who come to her, wherefore I fear lest I also die and bring the life of my father and mother to the grave with sorrow, for they have no other son to bury them."

16.  Then the angel said to him; "Do you not remember the precepts, which your father gave you that you should marry a wife of your own kindred?

17.  Wherefore hear me O my brother, for she shall be given you for wife, and take no account of the evil spirit, for this same night she shall be given you in marriage.

18.  And when you shall come into the marriage chamber you shall take the ashes of perfume, and lay some of the heart and the liver of the fish upon it to make smoke with it.

19.  And the devil shall smell it and flee away and never again come, and when you shall come to her, rise up both of you and pray to God who is merciful who will have pity on you, and save you.

20.  Fear not, for she is appointed to you from the beginning, and you shall preserve her, and she shall go with you moreover I suppose that she shall bear children to you."

21.  When Tobias now heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was affectionately joined to her.

 

      Chapter 7

     Tobias weds Sara.

1.  And having come to the house of Raguel, Sara met them, and having saluted one another she brought them into the house.

2.  Then Raguel said to Edna his wife, "See how much this young man is like Tobit my cousin".  And Raguel asked them; "From where have you come brothers?"

3.  To which they replied; "We are of the sons of Nepthalim, which are captive in Nineveh."  Then he said to them; "Do you know Tobit our kinsman?"

4.  And they said; "We know him."  And he said; "Is he in good health?"  To which they answered; "He is both alive and in good health."

5.  And Tobias said; "He is my father."  Then Raguel jumped up and kissed him and wept and blessed him and said to him; "You are the son of an honest and good man."

6.  But when he had heard that Tobit was blind, he was sorrowful and wept, and likewise Edna his wife and Sara wept.

7.  They however entertained them cheerfully, and after they had killed a ram of the flock they set meat on the table.

8.  And when they bade them to sit at the table, Tobias said; "I will not eat or drink until you consent to my bidding and promise me to give me your daughter Sara to wife".

9.  Then Raguel feared, for he recalled what had happened to the seven men, how they had died before they had come into her wedding-chamber, and that it could be so with Tobias.

10.  And when he did not answer, the angel said; "Fear not to give the maiden for your daughter is appointed to him for wife, and he fears God wherefore your daughter could not belong to anyone else."

11.  Then Raguel said; "I do not doubt it now that God has seen my bitter tears and heard my prayer, and I believe that He has sent you for this reason that my daughter would receive this one from her tribe, and I will give her to wife."

12.  He then called his daughter Sara, and she having come he took her by the It hand and gave her to wife to Tobias saying, "Behold, take her after the law Moses and lead her to your father".

13.  And he blessed them and calling Edna his wife he took paper and wrote an instrument of covenant, and sealed it, and they began to eat.

14.  After this Raguel spoke to Edna his wife, "Sister, prepare another chamber and bring her in it".

15.  And she having done so, Sara was bidden and brought in it, and she wept, and her mother received the tears of her daughter saying to her;

16.  "Be of good comfort my daughter, the Lord of heaven and earth give you joy for your sorrow, be of good comfort my daughter."

 

        Chapter 8 

       Tobias and Sara's wedding.

1.  And when they had eaten they brought Tobias to her, and as he went he remembered the words of Azarias, and took the ashes of the perfume and put the heart and liver of the fish thereon.

2.  And making a smoke with it, the smell of which when the evil spirit had smelled, he fled to the utmost part of Egypt and the angel bound him.

3.  After this they both were shut in together, and Tobias rose from the bed and said, Sister arise and let us pray that God will have pity on us.

4.  Then Tobias began to say; "Blessed art Thou O God of our fathers, and blessed is Thy holy and glorious name forever, let the heavens bless Thee and all creatures.

5.  Thou made Adam and gave him Eve for wife as a helper and a stay of whom came mankind, Thou did say that it is not good that man should be alone, let us make an aid like unto himself.

6.  And now I Lord I do not take my sister for lust, but uprightly, therefore in mercy ordain that we may become aged together."  And she spoke with him, and so they both slept that night.

      Raguel fears for Tobiasís life

7.  And Raguel arose and went and made a grave saying.  I fear lest he also be dead, and when he had come into the house, he asked his wife Edna to dispatch a maid to see whether he be alive, so that if he be not - we may bury him without anyone knowing.

8.  So the maid opened the door and going in she found both of them sleeping, and coming forth she told them the good news.

9.  Then Raguel blessed God and said, "O God Thou art worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise.

10.  Therefore let Thy saints praise Thee with all Thy creatures, and let all Thy angels and Thy elect praise Thee forever.

11.  Thou art to be praised for Thou has made me joyful, that it has not come as I suspected, but Thou has dealt with us according to Thy great mercy.

12.  Thou art to be praised because Thou had mercy on the two who were the only children of their fathers, grant them mercy O Lord, and let them complete their life in health with joy and mercy."

13.  Then Raguel bade his servants to fill the grave, and he kept the wedding feast fourteen days, for before the consummation of the marriage Raguel had said to him by an oath that he should not depart before fourteen days of a wedding feast were completed.

14.  And that then he should take half of his goods and depart in safety to his father, and that the rest would be his when he and his wife died.

 

     Chapter 9

1.  Then Tobias called Azarias and said to him; "Take a servant with you and two camels and go to Rages of Media to Gabael, and bring me the money, and also bring him to the wedding".

2.  For Raguel has sworn that I shall not depart, but my father is counting the days, and if I tarry long he will be very grieved.

3.  So Azarias went and lodged with Gabael and gave him the handwriting, he then brought forth the bags, which were sealed and gave them to him.

4.  And early in the morning they both went forth together and came to the wedding, and Tobias blessed his wife.

 

     Chapter 10 

1.  Tobit, his father, however was counting every day, and when the days of the journey were expired and they came not, Tobit said; "Perhaps they are detained, or Gabael is dead and there is no man to give him the money".

2.  He therefore was very grieved, then his wife said to him; "My son is dead since he stays out too long."  And she began to bewail him and said; "Now I care for nothing my son, since I have let you go, you the light of my eyes."

3.  To which Tobit said, "Hold your peace and do not have such care, for he is safe".  But she said, "Hold your peace and deceive me not, for my son is dead."

4.  And she went out every day into the way which they had gone, and ate no meat in the day, and ceased not the whole night to bewail her son Tobias until the 14 days of the wedding were expired which Raguel had sworn that he would spend there.

5.  Then Tobias said to Raguel; "Let me go, for my father and mother do not think to be seeing me anymore".

6.  But his father in law said, "Tarry with me, and I will sent to your father that they may declare to him how it goes with you."

7.  But Tobias said; "No, but let me go to my father."  Then Raguel arose and gave him Sara his wife and half his goods, servants, cattle and money, and blessed him.

8.  And he sent them away saying; "The god of heaven give you a prosperous journey my children.

9.  And he said to his daughter; honor your father and mother in law, which are now your parents, that I may hear good report of you, and he kissed her."

10.  Edna also then said to Tobias; "The Lord of heaven restore you my dear brother, and grant that I may see children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord.

11.  Behold I commit my daughter to you in special trust, wherefore do not entreat her evil."

 

     Chapter 11

1.  After this Tobias went his way praising God that He had given him a prosperous journey and blessed Raguel and Edna his wife, and went on his way till they drew near to Nineveh.

2.  Then Raphael said to Tobias; you know brother how you left your father, so let us haste before your wife, and prepare the house, and take with you the gall of the fish."

3.  So they went their way, and the dog came after them, Anna now sat looking in the way for her son, and when she espied him coming, she said to his father, "Behold my son is coming and the man that went with him".

4.  Then Raphael said; "I know that your father will be healed in his eyes, therefore anoint his eyes with the gall, and being pricked therewith he shall rub and the whitewash shall fall away, and he shall see you."

5.  Anna then ran forth and fell on the neck of her son, and said to him, "Since now I have seen you from henceforth I am content to die."  And they both wept.

6.  Tobit also then went forward to the door and stumbled, but his son ran to him and taking hold of his father he stroked the gall on his father's eyes saying; be of good hope my father.

7.  And his eyes beginning to smart he rubbed them, and the whiteness pulled away from the corners of his eyes, and seeing his son he fell on his neck and wept.

8.  And he said; "Blessed art Thou O God and blessed is Thy name forever, and blessed are all Thy holy angels for Thou has stricken and again taken pity on me, for behold I see my son Tobias."

9.  And his son in rejoicing told his father the great things that had happened to him in Media.

10.  Then Tobit went out to meet his daughter in law at the gate of Nineveh rejoicing and praising God.

11.  And they, which saw them, go marveled because he had received his sight, and Tobit thanked God before them in that He had shown mercy on him.

12.  And when he came near to Sara he blessed her saying; "You are welcome my daughter, God be blessed who has brought you to us, and blessed be your father and mother."

13.  And there was joy among all his brothers, which were art Nineveh, and Achiacharus and Nabas his brother's son came, and Tobias wedding was kept seven days with great joy.

 

      Chapter 12

1.  Then Tobit called his son Tobias and said to him; "My son see that the man who went with you has his wages, and you must give him more."

2.  And Tobias said to him; "O father it is no harm to me to give him half of all of those things which I have brought, for he has brought me again to you in safety and made my wife whole, and brought me the money, and also healed you."

3.  Then the old man said; "It is due to him."  So he called the angel and said to him, "Take half of all that you have brought, and go in peace".

4.  He then took both of them apart and said; "Bless God, praise Him and magnify Him, praise Him for the things which He has done to you in the sight of all that live.

5.  It is good to praise God and to exalt His name, and show His works forth honorably, therefore be not slack to praise Him.

6.  It is good to keep the secret of a king, but it is more honorable to reveal the works of God, do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you.

7.  Prayer is good with fasting, and alms, and righteousness, a little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness.

8.  It is better to give alms than to lay up gold, for alms deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin.

9.  Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life, but they that sin are enemies to their own life.

10.  Surely I will keep nothing from you, for I said it is good to keep the secret of a king, but that it was more honorable to reveal the works of God.

11.  Now therefore when you prayed, and also Sara your daughter in law, I brought the remembrance of your prayers before the Holy One.

12.  And when you buried the dead, I was with you likewise, and when you did not delay to rise up and leave your dinner to go and cover the dead, your good deeds were not hid from me, but I was with you.

13.  And now God has sent me to heal you and Sara your daughter in law, I am Raphael one of the seven holy angels which present the prayers of the saints, and who go in and out before the glory of the Holy One."

14.  Then they began to be troubled and fell on their faces for fear, but he said to them; "Fear not for it shall go well with you, praise therefore God.

15.  For not for any favor of mine, but by the will of God I came, wherefore praise Him forever.

16.  All these days I appeared to you, but I ate neither did I drink, but you saw in a vision, now therefore give thanks to God, for I go up to Him that has sent me, but write all things done in a book."

17.   And when they arose they saw him no more, then they confessed the great and wonderful works of God, and how the angel of the Lord had appeared to them.

 

     Chapter 13

1.  Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing and said, "Blessed be God who lives forever, and blessed be His kingdom.

2.  For he scourges and has mercy, He leads down to hell and brings up again, nor is there any that can avoid His hand.

3.  Confess Him before the Gentiles you children of Israel, for He has scattered us among them to there declare His greatness and to extol Him before all the living.

4.  For He is our Lord, He the God our Father forever, He will scourge us for our iniquities, and again will have mercy.

5.  If you turn to Him with your whole heart and with your whole mind and deal uprightly before Him then He will turn to you and not hide His face from you.

6.  Therefore behold what He will do with you, and confess Him with your whole mouth, and praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King.

7.  In the land of my captivity I praise Him, and declare His might and majesty to a sinful nation.

8.  O you sinners turn and do justice before Him, who knows if He may accept you and have mercy on you.

9.  I will extol my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in His greatness.

10.  Let all men speak and let all praise Him for His righteousness, O Jerusalem the holy city, He will scourge you for the works of your children, and He will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.

11.  Give praise to the Lord for He is good, and praise the everlasting King His tabernacle may be built in you again with joy, and let him make joyful those that are captive in her, forever loving those that are miserable.

12.  Many nations shall come from far to the name of the Lord God with gifts in their hands, even gifts to the King of heaven; all generations shall praise Thee with great joy.

13.  Cursed are all they which hate Thee, and blessed shall be all which love Thee forever, rejoice and be glad for the children of the just, for they shall be gathered together, and shall bless the Lord of the just.

14.  O blessed are they which love Thee, for they shall rejoice in Thy peace, blessed are they which have been sorrowful for all Thy scourges for they shall rejoice in Thee when they have seen all Thy glory, and shall be glad forever.

15.  Let my soul bless God the great King, for Jerusalem shall be built with sapphires and emeralds and precious stone, Thy walls, towers and battlements with pure gold.

16.  And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with Beryl and carbuncle, and stone of Ophir.

17.  And all her streets shall say Alleluia, and they shall praise Him saying; blessed be God which has extolled it forever."

 

      Chapter 14

1.  And Tobit made an end of praising God, and he was 58 years old when he lost his sight, which was restored, to him after eight years, and he gave alms and increased in the fear of the Lord and praised God.

2.  And when he was very aged he called his son and the six sons of his son, and said to him;

3.  "My son take your children, for behold I am aged and am ready to depart out of this life.

4.  Go out into Media my son, for I surely believe those things which Jonah the prophet spoke of Nineveh that it shall be overthrown, and that for the time there will be peace in Media, and that our brothers shall be scattered from that good land.

5.  And Jerusalem shall be desolate, and the house of God shall be burned and be desolate for a time until again God will have mercy on them and bring them again in the land where they shall built a temple, but not like unto the first.

6.  Until the time of that age be fulfilled, after which they shall return from all places of their captivity and gloriously rebuilt Jerusalem.

7.  And the house of God shall be built in it forever with a glorious building as the prophets spoke concerning it.

8.  And all the nations shall turn and fear the Lord God truly, and shall bury their idols, so shall all nations praise the Lord.

9.  And His people shall confess God, and the Lord shall exalt His people, and all those which love the Lord God in truth and justice shall rejoice showing mercy to our brothers.

10.  And now my son, depart out of Nineveh for those things which the prophet Jonah spoke shall surely come to pass.

11.  But as for you, keep the law and the commandments, and show yourself merciful and just that it may go well with you.

12.  And bury me decently and your mother with me, but tarry no longer at Nineveh, remember my son how Aman handled Achiacharus that brought him up.

13.  How he brought him up out of darkness into light, and how he returned the reward, yet Achiacharus was saved, while the other had his reward for he went down into the darkness.

14.  Manassas gave alms and escaped the snares of death, which they had set for him, but Aman fell into the snares, and perished.

15.  Wherefore now my son consider what alms will do, and how righteousness delivers.

16.  And having said these things he gave up the ghost in his bed, being 158 years old, and his son buried him with honor.

17.  And when Anna his mother was dead he buried her with his father and Tobias with his wife and children to Ecabane, to Raguel his father in law where he became old with honor.

18.  He then buried his father and mother in law honorably and inherited their substance as he did of his father Tobit. 

19.  And he died at Ecabane in Media being 127 years old, but before he died he heard of the destruction of Nineveh, which was taken by Nebuchadnezzar of Assuerus, and before his death he rejoiced over Nineveh