The Book of Tobit in Modern English

This is the book of Tobit, son of Tobiel, the son of Ananiel, the son of Aduel, the son of Gabael, descendant of Asael, of the tribe of Nephthali. In the time of Enemessar, king of the Assyrians, Tobit was led captive out of Tishbe, which is east of the city of Nephthali in Galilee above Asher.

Tobit lived all the days of his life in the ways of truth and justice, and did many charitable deeds for his brothers and those of his nation who came with him to Nineveh in the land of the Assyrians.

When Tobit was still young, living in his own country, in the land of Israel, the tribe of Nephthali, his ancestor, fell out with the house of Jerusalem, which was chosen out of all the tribes of Israel for all the tribes to sacrifice there, where the temple inhabited by the most High was consecrated and built for all ages.

All the tribes that revolted, including the house of his ancestor Nephthali, sacrificed to Baal. Tobit alone often went to Jerusalem on the feast days that were ordained for all the people of Israel by everlasting decree, bringing his first fruits: a tenth of his crop, and the wool that was first shorn. He gave them at the altar to the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

He gave the first tenth of all his crops to the sons of Aaron, who ministered in Jerusalem. Another tenth he sold, and went and spent it every year in Jerusalem. He gave a third tenth to those who deserved it, as Debora, his father’s mother had commanded him, because he was left an orphan by his father.

When Tobit came of age, he married Anna, one of his relatives, and with her, he had a child called Tobias.

When they were carried away captives to Nineveh, all Tobits brothers and relatives ate of the bread of the Gentiles, Tobit kept himself from eating, because he remembered God with all his heart.

The most High gave Tobit the grace and favour of Enemessar, the Assyrian king, so that he was made the king’s supplier. He went into Media, and left 600 pounds of silver in trust with Gabael, the brother of Gabrias, in the city of Rages.

During the reign of Enemessar, Tobit gave much charity to his brothers, bread to the hungry, and clothes to the naked. If he saw any of his people dead, or their bodies cast outside the walls of Nineveh, he buried him.

When Enemessar died, his son Sennacherib reigned in his stead. His estate was troubled, and Tobit could not go into Media. If king Sennacherib had any men who had come from Judea slain, Tobit buried them secretly. In his wrath, the king killed many, but their bodies were not found when he had them sought for.

When one of the Ninevites went and complained to the king that Tobit buried them secretly, Tobit understanding that he was sought to be put to death. He withdrew in fear. All his goods were taken away by force, and there was nothing left to him besides his wife Anna and his son Tobias.

Fifty-five days later, two of Sennacherib’s sons killed him and fled into the foothills of mount Ararat. Then his son Sarchedonus reigned in his stead. He appointed Tobit’s brother Anael’s son Achiacharus over his accounts and all his affairs,

When Achiacharus entreated him, Tobit returned to Nineveh. Achiacharus became a cup bearer, keeper of the signet, and steward, as well as the overseer of the accounts. Sarchedonus appointed him his right hand.

When Tobit had returned home again, his wife Anna was restored to him, along with his son Tobias. On the feast of Pentecost, the holy feast of the seven weeks, a good dinner was prepared for him, and he sat down to eat.

“Go and bring any poor men you find among our brothers who are mindful of the Lord,” Tobit said to his son when he saw the abundance of meat, “and I will wait for you.”

“Father,” Tobias said when he returned, “one of our nation was strangled, and was cast out in the marketplace.”

Before they tasted any meat, Tobit got up and took Tobias up into a room until the sun set. Then they returned, and washed, and Tobit ate his meat in heaviness,

“Your feasts shall be turned into mourning,” he said, remembering the prophecy of Amos, “and all your mirth into lamentation.”

Tobias wept, and after the sun had gone down, he went and dug a grave, and buried the dead man. His neighbours mocked him.

“This man is still not afraid to be put to death for this,” they said. “He fled away, and yet, look, he buries the dead again.”

Later that night, Tobit returned from the burial, and slept by the wall of his courtyard, being unclean, and his face was uncovered. He didn’t know that there were sparrows in the wall, and his eyes being open, the sparrows dropped warm guano into mine eyes, and a whiteness came into them. He went to physicians, but they didn’t helped him. Moreover, Achiacharus did provide for him, so he went to Elymais.

His wife Anna took women’s work to do. When she had sent it home to the owners, they paid her wages, and gave her a kid as well. When it was in Tobit’s house, it began to cry.

“Where is this kid from?” he said asked her. “Is it stolen? Return it to the owners. It is unlawful to eat anything that is stolen.”

“It was given as a gift above and beyond my wages,” she replied.

Tobit did not believe her, and again asked her to return it to its owners, and was embarrassed by her.

“Where are your charity and your righteous deeds?” she replied. “Look, you and all of your works are known.”

Tobit grieved, and wept, and in his sorrow, prayed.

Oh Lord, you are just, and all your works and all your ways are mercy and truth, and you judge truly and justly for ever. Remember me, and look on me, and do not punish me for my sins and ignorance, and the sins of my fathers, who have sinned before you. They did not obey your commandments, for which you delivered us as spoil into captivity and death, as an example of reproach to all the nations among whom we are dispersed. Your judgments are many and true. Deal with me according to my sins and those of my fathers. Because we have not kept your commandments, neither have we walked in truth before you. Therefore deal with me as seems best to you, and command my spirit to be taken from me, so that I may be dissolved, and become earth. It is more profitable for me to die than to live, because I have heard false reproaches, and feel great sorrow. Command therefore that I may be delivered out of this distress, and go to the everlasting place. Do not turn your face away from me.

It happened that on the same day, in Ecbatana, a city in Media, Sara the daughter of Raguel was reproached by her father’s maids because she had been married to seven husbands, each of whom Asmodeus the evil one had killed before they had lain with her.

“Do you not know,” they said, “that you have strangled your husbands? You have already had seven husbands, and you have not taken the name of any of them. Why do you beat us for them? If they be dead, go after them, let us never see either a son or a daughter of yours.”

When she heard these things, Sara was very sorrowful, and she thought about strangling herself.

“I am my father’s only daughter,” she said. “If I do this, it shall be a reproach to him, and I shall fill his old age with sorrow to the grave.”

She looked out of her window and prayed.

You are blessed, oh Lord my God, and your holy and glorious name is blessed and honourable forever. Let all your works praise you forever. Now, oh Lord, I turn my eyes and my face toward you and say take me from the earth, so that I may hear no more reproach. You know, Lord, that I am pure of all sin with man, and that I never polluted my name, nor the name of my father, in the land of my captivity. I am the only daughter of my father, nor does he have a son to be his heir, nor any near kinsman for whom I may keep myself for a wife. My seven husbands are already dead. Why should I live? If it does not please you that I should die, command some regard to be had of me, and pity taken of me, that I hear no more reproach.

Both of their prayers were heard before the majesty of the great God. Raphael was sent to heal them both. At that same moment, Tobit came home and entered his house, and Sara the daughter of Raguel came down from her upper chamber.

That day, Tobit remembered the money which he had committed to Gabael in the city of Rages in Media,

‘I have wished for death,’ he thought to himself. ‘Why don’t I call for my son Tobias and tell him of the money before I die?’

Tobit called Tobias.

“My son, when I am dead, bury me,” he said. “Do not despise your mother. Honour her all the days of your life, and do that which pleases her, and give her no grief. Remember, my son, that she faced many dangers for you when you were in her womb. When she is dead, bury her next to me in a single grave. My son, be mindful of the Lord our God all you days, and do not set your will to sin, or to transgress his commandments. Be upright all your life long, and do not follow the ways of unrighteousness. If you deal truly, you shall succeed prosperously, and benefit all that live justly. Give charitably of your wealth. When you give, do not let your eye be envious, nor turn thy face from the poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away from you. If you have abundance, give accordingly. If you have only a little, don’t be afraid to give according to that little. You lay up a good treasure for yourself against a day of necessity. Giving delivers you from death, and keep you from coming into darkness. Charity is a good gift to all that give it in the sight of the most High. Beware of all whores, my son, and take a wife from among the descendants of your ancestors. Do not take a strange woman as your wife who is not one of our tribe. For we are the children of the prophets, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember, my son, that our fathers from the beginning have all married wives of their own kindred, and were blessed in their children, and their descendants shall inherit the earth. Therefore, my son, love your brothers, and do not despise the sons and daughters of your people by not taking a wife from among them. Pride holds destruction and much trouble, and in lewdness decay and great want. Lewdness is the mother of famine. Do not hold the wages of any man who has worked for you, but give him them out of hand. If you serve God, he will also repay you. Be careful, my son, in everthing you do, and be wise in all your conversations. Do nothing to any man that you hate. Do not drink enough wine to make you drunk, nor let a drunkard go with you on your journey. Give your bread to the hungry, and garments to those who are naked. Pour out your bread at the burial of the just, but give nothing to the wicked. Ask counsel of all who are wise, and do not despise any counsel that is profitable. Bless the Lord your God always, and desire that he direct your ways, and that all your paths and counsels may prosper. Not every nation has good counsel, but the Lord himself gives all good things, and he humbles whom he wishes, as he wishes. Therefore, my son, remember my commandments, and do not let them be put out of your mind. And now I sign this letter to allow you to claim the sixty pounds of silver that I committed to Gabael the son of Gabrias in the city of Rages in Media. Do not fear, my son, that we gave been made poor. You have much wealth, if you fear God, and depart from all sin, and do that which is pleasing in his sight.”

“Father, I will do all things that you have commanded me to,” said Tobias. “But how can I receive the money, since I do not know Gabael?”

Tobit gave him the letter.

“Seek a man to go with you, while I still live, and I will pay his wages,” he said. “Then go and receive the money.”

Tobias went to seek a man, and he found the angel Raphael, but he did not know that Raphael was not a man.

“Can you go with me to Rages?” he said to him, “and do you know that place well?”

“I will go with you, and I know the way well,” said the angel, “for I have lodged with our brother Gabael.”

“Wait for me until I tell my father,” said Tobias.

“Go and do not delay,” Raphael said to him.

Tobias went home.

“I have found one who will go with me,” he said to his father.

“Bring him to me, so that I may know of what tribe he is, and whether he is a trustworthy man to go with you,” said Tobit.

Tobias called Raphael, and he came in, and they saluted one another.

“Brother, show me which tribe and family you are from,” said Tobit.

“Do you seek for a tribe or family, or a hired man to go with your son?” asked Raphael.

“I would know, brother, your kindred and name,” Tobit said to him.

“I am Azarias, the son of Ananias the great, and of your kin,” said Raphael.

“Be welcome, brother,” said Tobit. “Do not be angry with me because I have inquired your tribe and your family. You are my brother, of honest and good stock. I know Ananias and Jonathas, sons of that great Samaias. We went together to Jerusalem to worship, and offered the firstborn of our flock, and a tenth of our fruits. They were not seduced by the error of our kinsmen. My brother, you are of good stock. Tell me, what wages shall I give you? Will you take a drachma a day, as well as all necessary expenses to accompany my son? Moreover, if you return safely, I will add something to your wages.”

They agreed and Tobit was well pleased.

“Prepare yourself for the journey, and God give you a good journey,” Tobit said to Tobias.

His son prepared all things for the journey.

“Go with this man, and may God in heaven make your journey prosperous, and the angel of God keep you company,” said Tobit.

They both went forth, and Tobias’s dog went with them. Anna his mother wept.

“Why have you sent away our son?” she said to Tobit. “Isn’t he the staff of our hand, going in and out before us? Do not be greedy to add money to money. Let it be like garbage compared to our child. That which the Lord has given us to live with will suffice.”

“Don’t worry, my love,” said Tobit. “He shall return safely, and your eyes shall see him again. The good angel will keep him company, his journey will be prosperous, and he shall return safe.”

Then she stopped weeping.

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Tobias and Raphael went on their way and in the evening, they came to the river Tigris, and camped there.When the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him.

“Take the fish,” said Raphael.

Tobias laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land.

“Open the fish, take out the heart, the liver, and the gall, and put them aside safely,” the angel said.

The young man did as the angel commanded him. When they had roasted the fish, they ate it. Then they continued on their way, until they drew near to Ecbatana.

“Brother Azarias, what use is the heart and the liver and the gall of the fish?” asked Tobias.

“Concerning the heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit troubles anyone, we must make a smoke from them before the man or woman, and they will be no longer be afflicted. As for the gall, if it is used to anoint a man who has cataracts in his eyes, he will be healed.”

They neared the city of Rages.

“Brother, today we will lodge with Raguel, who is your cousin,” said Raphael. “He has one only daughter, named Sara. I will ask that she may be given to you as a wife. For you have a right to her, seeing only you are of her kindred. The maid is fair and wise. Therefore hear me, and I will speak to her father, and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage. For I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the law of Moses or he will be guilty of death, because the right of inheritance is yours more than to any others.”

“I have heard, brother Azarias that this maid has been given to seven men, who all
died in the marriage chamber,” said Tobias. “I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid that if I go to her, I will die as the others have before. A wicked spirit loves her, and hurts no one but those which come to her. I fear that if I die, my father and mother would live a life of sorrow because of me to the grave, because they have no other son to bury them.”

“Do thou not remember the precepts that your father gave you, that you should marry a wife of your own kindred?” said Raphael. “Therefore hear me, my brother. She shall be given to you as wife. Do not worry about the evil spirit. This very night shall she be given to you in marriage. When you enter the marriage chamber, take the embers of the perfume, and lay some of the heart and liver of the fish upon them and make a smoke with it. The devil will smell it, and flee, and never return. When you come to her, both of you rise up and pray to God, who is merciful and will have pity on you, and save you. Do not fear. She has been appointed to you from the beginning, and you will preserve her, and she shall go with you. Moreover I suppose that she will bear you children.”

When Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was joined to hers. When they reached Ecbatana, they came to the house of Raguel. Sara met them. After they had saluted one another, she brought them into the house.

“This young man is so much like Tobit my cousin!” said Raguel to his wife Edna.

“Where are you from, brothers?” Raguel asked them.

“We are of the tribe of Nephthalim, who are captives in Nineveh,” Tobias said.

“Do you know my kinsman Tobit?” asked Raguel.

“We know him,” said Raphael.

“Is he in good health?” asked Raguel.

“He is both alive, and in good health,” said Tobias. “He is my father.”

Then Raguel leaped up, and kissed him, and wept, and blessed him.

“You are the son of an honest and good man,” he said to him.

When he heard that Tobit was blind, he was sorrowful, and wept, as did his wife Edna and Sara his daughter. Afteward, they entertained them cheerfully, and they killed a ram of their flock, and set meat on the table.

“Brother Azarias, speak of those things of which you talked of on the way, and let this business be dispatched,” said Tobias to Raphael.

Raphael discussed the matter with Raguel.

“Eat and drink, and make merry,” Raguel said to Tobias. “It is right that you should marry my daughter. Nevertheless, I will tell you the truth. I have given my daughter in marriage to seven men. Each died on the night that they came to her. So, for the present, be merry.”

“I will eat nothing here until we agree and swear to one another,” said Tobias.

“Then take her from this day forward according to custom, for you are her cousin, and she is your, and may merciful God give you success in all things,” said Raguel.

He called his daughter Sara, and she came to her father, and he took her by the hand, and gave her to Tobias to be his wife.

“Take her after the law of Moses, and bring her away to your father,” said Raguel.

He blessed them, called Edna his wife, took paper, wrote a covenant, and sealed it. Then they began to eat.

“My love, prepare a chamber, and bring Sara to it,” Raguel said to Edna when they were finished.

When she had done as he had bidden her, she brought Sara there, and she wept, and she received the tears of her daughter.

“Be of good comfort, my daughter,” Edna said to Sara. “The Lord of heaven and earth gives you joy for your sorrow.”

They brought Tobias in to her. As he went, he remembered the words of Raphael, and took the embers of the perfumes, and put the heart and the liver of the fish on them, and made a smoke with them. When Asmodeus smelled it, he fled into the furthest corner of Egypt, and the angel Raphael bound him.

After that, the couple were shut in together. Tobias rose out of the bed.

“Sara, arise, and let us pray that God will have pity on us,” he said. “Blessed are you, oh God of our fathers, and blessed is your holy and glorious name forever. Let the heavens bless you, and all your creatures. You made Adam and gave him Eve his wife for an helper and stay. From them came mankind. You have said that it is not good that man should be alone, let us make unto him an aid like himself. Now, oh Lord, I take my cousin for lust but uprightly. Therefore, mercifully ordain that we may grow old together.”

“Amen”, Sara said with him.

So they slept together that night.

In the morning Raguel arose, and went to dig a grave, because he feared that Tobias would be dead. Then Raguel was returned to his house.

“Send one of the maids, and let her see whether Tobias is alive,” he said to Edna. “If he is not, we will bury him, and no man will know it.”

When the maid opened the door and went in, she found them both asleep. She came forth, and told Raguel and Edna that Tobias was alive. Then Raguel praised God.

“Oh God, you are worthy to be praised with pure and holy praise,” he said. “Therefore let your saints praise you with all your creatures. Let all your angels and your elect praise you forever. You are to be praised, for you have made me joyful. What I expected has not come to me. Rather, you have dealt with us according to your great mercy. You art to be praised because you had mercy on two who were the only begotten children of their fathers. Grant them mercy, oh Lord, and let them finish their lives in health with joy and mercy.”

Then Raguel sent his servants to fill the grave. He kept the wedding feast up for fourteen days. Before the marriage was agreed, Raguel had sworn to Tobias an oath that he would not depart untilthe fourteen days of the marriage were up. Then he would take half of Raguel’s goods, and go in safety to his father, and would have the rest when Raguel and his wife were dead.

Tobias called Raphael.

“Brother Azarias, take with thee a servant, and two camels, and go to Gabael in the city of Rages in Media, and bring me the money, and bring Gabael to the wedding,” he said to him, “for Raguel has sworn that I will not depart. My father counts the days, and if I stay away to long, he will be very worried.”

Raphael went out, and met with Gabael, and gave him the letter. Gabael brought forth bags, and they were sealed up and given them Raphael. Early the next morning, they went forth both together, and returned to the wedding, and Tobias blessed his wife.

His father Tobit counted every day. When the days required for the journey were passed and they had not returned, Tobit was very worried.

“Are they detained? he wondered. “Or is Gabael dead, and there is no one to give Tobias the money?”

“My son is dead, seeing he is gone so long,” said Anna, and began to bewail him. “Now I care for nothing, my son, since I have let you go, the light of mine eyes.”

“Be at peace and do not worry; he is safe,” said Tobit.

“Keep your peace, and do not deceive me,” she said. “My son is dead.”

She went out every day to the path which he had taken, and would eat no meat in the daytime, and cried whole nights for her son Tobias, until the fourteen days of the wedding were over that Raguel had sworn that Tobias should spend there.

“Let me go, or my father and my mother will look no more to see me,” Tobias said to Raguel.

“Stay with me, and I will send to your father, and my messenger will tell him how things go with you,” his father in law said to him,

“No. Let me go to my father,” said Tobias.

Then Raguel arose, and gave Tobias his wife Sara, and half his goods, servants, cattle, and money. He blessed them and sent them on their way.

“God in heaven give you a prosperous journey, my child,” he said to Sara. “Honour your father and mother in law, who are now your parents, so that I hear good reports of you.”

Raguel kissed her goodbye.

“The Lord of heaven restore you, my dear boy, and grant that I may see the children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord,” Edna said to Tobias. “I commit my daughter to you in sacred trust. Do not treat her evilly.”

Tobias praised God for giving him a prosperous journey, blessed Raguel and Edna, and went on his way with Sara and Raphael until they drew near unto Nineveh.

“You know, brother, how you left your father,” said Raphael to Tobias. “Let us hasten before your wife, and prepare the house.”

So they went on ahead, and Tobias’s dog went after them.

Anna sat looking toward the path for her son. When she saw him coming, she ran to his father.

“Your son is coming, and the man that went with him,” she said.

“I know, Tobias, that your father will open his eyes,” said Raphael. “When he does, anoint his eyes with the gall of the fish, and being irritated by it, he will rub them, and the whiteness will fall away, and he shall see you.”

Anna ran forth, and fell upon the neck of her son, and they both wept.

“Now that I have seen you, my son,  I am content to die,” she said.

Tobit also came forth from the door, and stumbled. Tobias ran to him, and took hold of his father. He wiped the gall into his fathers’ eyes.

“Be of good hope, my father,” he said.

When Tobit’s eyes began to sting, he rubbed them. The whiteness rolled away from the corners of his eyes, and when he saw his son, he fell upon his neck and wept.

“Blessed are you, oh God, and blessed is you name for ever,” said Tobit. “Blessed are all your holy angels. For you have scourged my blindness, and taken pity on me. Behold, I see my son Tobias.”

Tobias went in rejoicing, and told his father the great things that had happened to him in Media. Then Tobit went out to meet his daughter in law at the gate of Nineveh, rejoicing and praising God. Those who saw him go marveled, because he had received his sight. Tobias gave thanks before them, because God had mercy on him. When Tobit came to Sara, his daughter in law, he blessed her.

“You are welcome, daughter,” he said. “God be blessed, who has brought you to us, and blessed be your father and your mother.”

And there was joy among all his kindred who were in Nineveh. Achiacharus and Nasbas, his brother’s son, came. And Tobias’ wedding was held for seven days with great joy.

Then Tobit called his son Tobias.

“My son, see that the man who went with you has his wages, and you must give him more,” he said.

“Father, it would not hurt to me to give him half of the things that I have brought from Media,”  Tobias said. “He has brought me back to you in safety, and made whole my wife, and brought me the money, and likewise healed you.”

“Then,” the old man said, “it is due unto him.

He called Raphael.

“Take half of all that you have brought back and go away in safety,” Tobit said to him.

Then Raphael took Tobit and Tobias apart.

“Bless God, magnify him, and praise him for the things which he has done to you in the sight of all that live,” he said to them. “It is good to praise God, and exalt his name, and honourably to show forth the works of God. Therefore, do not be slack to praise him. It is good to keep close the secrets of a king, but it is honourable to reveal the works of God. Do good, and no evil shall touch you. Prayer is good, along with fasting, charity, and righteousness. A little righteousness is better than much unrighteousness. It is better to give charitably than to lay up gold. Giving delivers you from death, and purges all sin. Those that exercise charity and righteousness shall be filled with life. Those that sin are enemies of their own life. I will keep nothing from you. Know therefore, when you prayed, and Sara your daughter in law, I did brought your prayers before the Holy One. When you buried the dead, I was with you. When you did not hesitate to rise up, and leave you dinner, to go and cover the dead, your good deed was not hidden from me. I was with you. God sent me to heal you and Sara you daughter in law. I am Raphael, one of the seven archangels who present the prayers of the saints, and who go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.”

Tobit and Tobias were both awestruck, and fell upon their faces in fear.

“Do not fear, for it shall go well with you,” Raphael said to them. “Praise God therefore. Not for any favour of mine, but by the will of our God I came. Therefore praise him forever. All these days I appear to you, I neither ate nor drink, but you saw me do so in an illusion. Therefore give God thanks. I must return to him that sent me. Write all these things that were done in a book.”

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. Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing.

Blessed be God that lives forever, and blessed be his kingdom.
For he scourges, and has mercy: he leads down to hell, and brings up again.
Nor is there any that can avoid his hand.
Confess him before the Gentiles, you children of Israel,
for he has scattered us among them.
Declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living.
For he is our Lord, and God our Father forever.
He will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again,
and will gather us out of all nations among whom he has scattered us.
If you turn to him with your whole heart and mind and deal uprightly before him,
then he will turn to you, and will not hide his face from you.
Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth,
and praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King.
In the land of my captivity, I praise him,
and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation.
O ye sinners, turn and do justice before him.
Who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on you?
I will extol my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven,
and shall rejoice in his greatness.
Let all men speak, and let all praise him for his righteousness.
Oh Jerusalem, the holy city, he will scourge you for your children’s works,
and will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.
Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: and praise the everlasting King,
that his tabernacle may be built in you again with joy,
and let him make joyful there in you those that are captives,
and love in you forever those that are miserable.
Many nations shall come from afar to the name of the Lord God with gifts in their hands,
gifts to the King of heaven.
All generations will praise you with great joy.
Cursed are all those who hate you, and blessed are all be who love you forever.
Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just.
They will be gathered together, and will bless the Lord of the just.
Blessed are those who love you, for they will rejoice in your peace.
Blessed are those who have been sorrowful for all your scourges.
They shall rejoice for you when they have seen all your glory, and shall be glad for ever.
Let my soul bless God the great King.
Jerusalem shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone,
her walls, towers, and battlements with pure gold.
The streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl, carbuncle, and stones from Ophir.
All her streets will say ‘Hallelujah’, and they shall praise him, saying,
Blessed be God, which has extolled it forever.

So Tobit made an end of praising God. He was fifty eight years old when he lost his sight, and it was restored to him after eight years. He gave to charity, and his awe of the Lord God increased, and his praise for him. When he was very aged he called his son, and the sons of his son.

“My son, take your children,” he said to Tobias. “I am aged, and am ready to depart this life. Go into Media my son, for I believe what Jonas the prophet said of Nineveh, that it shall be overthrown, and that for a time peace shall be found in Media. Our kindred shall lie scattered across the earth, far from the holy land, and Jerusalem shall be desolate, and the house of God shall be burned, and shall lie in ruin for a time. Then God will have mercy on them, and bring them again into the land of Israel, where they shall build a temple, not like to the first, until the time of that age is fulfilled. All shall return from the places of their captivity, and build up Jerusalem gloriously, and the house of God shall be built in it forever, a glorious building, as the prophets have spoken of. All nations will turn, and fear the Lord God truly, and bury their idols. All nations will praise the Lord, and his people shall confess God, and the Lord shall exalt his people. Those which love the Lord God in truth and justice shall rejoice, showing mercy to our brothers. Keep the law and the commandments, and show that you are merciful and just, so that it may go well with thee. Bury me decently, and your mother with me. But stay no longer in Nineveh. Remember, my son, how Aman persecuted Achiacharus who brought him up, how out of light he brought him into darkness, and how he rewarded him again. Yet Achiacharus was saved, but Aman had his reward; he went down into darkness. Manasses gave charity, and escaped the snares of death which they had set for him: but Aman fell into the snare, and perished. Therefore now, my son, consider what charity does, and how righteousness delivers.

When he had said these things, Tobit gave up the ghost in the bed, being an hundred and fifty eight years old. Tobias buried him honourably. When Anna his mother died, he buried her with his father.

Them Tobias departed with his wife and children to Ecbatana to live with Raguel, his father in law. There he became old with honour, and buried his father and mother in law honourably, and inherited their wealth, adding it to his father Tobit’s.

Tobias died in Ecbatana in Media, being an hundred and twenty seven years old. But before he died, he heard of the destruction of Nineveh, which was taken by Nebuchadnezzar and Ahasuerus, and he rejoiced over its downfall.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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