The Bible in Its Traditions

Tobit 11:1–21


And as they were returning, they came through to Haran, which is in the middle of the journey, opposite Nineveh, on the eleventh day.

After these things 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 unto Nineve.

And the Angel said: “Brother Tobias, you know how you left behind your father.

Then Raphael said to Tobias, Thou knowest, brother, how thou didst leave thy father

And so, if it pleases you, let us go on ahead, and let the family follow after us with a slower step, together with your bride, and with the animals.”

Let us haste before thy wife, and prepare the house.

And since it pleased him to go on in this way, Raphael said to Tobias, “Take with you from the gall of the fish, for it will be necessary.” And so, Tobias took from its gall, and he went ahead.

And take in thine hand the gall of the fish. So they went their way, and the dog went after them.

But Anna sat beside the way every day, on the top of a hill, from where she would be able to see for a long distance.

Now Anna sat looking about toward the way for her son.

And while she was watching for his arrival from that place, she looked far off, and soon she realized that her son was approaching. And running, she reported it to her husband, saying: “Behold, your son arrives.”

And when she espied him coming, she said to his father, Behold, thy son cometh, and the man that went with him.

And Raphael said to Tobias: “As soon as you enter into your house, immediately adore the Lord your God. And, giving thanks to him, approach your father, and kiss him.

Then said Raphael, I know, Tobias, that thy father will open his eyes.

And immediately anoint his eyes from this gall of the fish, which you carry with you. For you should know that his eyes will soon be opened, and your father will see the light of heaven, and he will rejoice at the sight of you.”

Therefore anoint thou his eyes with the gall, and being pricked therewith, he shall rub, and the whiteness shall fall away, and he shall see thee.

Then the dog, which had been with them in the way, ran ahead, and, arriving like a messenger, he showed his joy by fawning and wagging his tail.

Then Anna ran forth, and fell upon the neck of her son, and said unto him, Seeing I have seen thee, my son, from henceforth I am content to die. And they wept both.

10  And rising up, his blind father began to run, stumbling with his feet. And giving his hand to a servant, he ran on to meet his son.

10  Tobit also went forth toward the door, and stumbled: but his son ran unto him,


11  And receiving him, he kissed him, as did his wife, and they both began to weep for joy.

12  And when they had adored God and had given thanks, they sat down together.


13  Then Tobias, taking from the gall of the fish, anointed his father’s eyes.

13  And took hold of his father: and he strake of the gall on his fathers’ eyes, saying, Be of good hope, my father.

14  And about half an hour passed, and then a white film began to come out of his eyes, like the membrane of an egg.

14  And when his eyes began to smart, he rubbed them;

15  So, taking hold of it, Tobias pulled it away from his eyes, and immediately he received his sight.

15  And the whiteness pilled away from the corners of his eyes: and when he saw his son, he fell upon his neck.

16  And they glorified God: Tobit especially, and his wife, and all those who knew him.

16  And he wept, and said, Blessed art thou, O God, and blessed is thy name for ever; and blessed are all thine holy angels

17  And Tobit said, “I bless you, O Lord God of Israel, because you have chastised me, and you have saved me, and behold, I see my son Tobias.”

17  For thou hast scourged, and hast taken pity on me: for, behold, I see my son Tobias. And his son went in rejoicing, and told his father the great things that had happened to him in Media.

18  And then, after seven days, Sarah, the wife of his son, and all the family arrived safely, along with the sheep, and the camels, and much money from his wife, but also with that money which he had received from Gabael.

18  Then Tobit went out to meet his daughter in law at the gate of Nineve, rejoicing and praising God: and they which saw him go marvelled, because he had received his sight.

19  And he explained to his parents all the benefits from God, which he had produced all around him, by means of the man who had led him.

19  But Tobias gave thanks before them, because God had mercy on him. And when he came near to Sara his daughter in law, he blessed her, saying, Thou art welcome, daughter: God be blessed, which hath brought thee unto us, and blessed be thy father and thy mother. And there was joy among all his brethren which were at Nineve.

20  And then Ahikar and Nadab arrived, the maternal first cousins of Tobias, rejoicing for Tobias, and congratulating with him for all the good things that God had revealed all around him.

20  And Achiacharus, and Nasbas his brother’s son, came

21  And for seven days they feasted, and all were rejoicing with great joy.

21  And Tobias’ wedding was kept seven days with great joy.