The Bible in Its Traditions

Tobit 13:1–14:1

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And so, the elder Tobit, opening his mouth, blessed the Lord, and he said: “O Lord, you are great in eternity and your kingdom is with all ages.

Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said, Blessed be God that liveth for ever, and blessed be his kingdom.

For you scourge, and you save. You lead down to the grave, and you bring up again. And there is no one who can escape from your hand.

For he doth scourge, and hath mercy: he leadeth down to hell, and bringeth up again: neither is there any that can avoid his hand.

Confess to the Lord, O sons of Israel, and praise him in the sight of the nations.

Confess him before the Gentiles, ye children of Israel: for he hath scattered us among them.

For, indeed, he has dispersed you among the Gentiles, who are ignorant of him, that you may proclaim his wonders, and that you may cause them to know that there is no other almighty God, except him.

There declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living: for he is our Lord, and he is the God our Father for ever.

He has chastised us because of our iniquities, and he will save us because of his mercy.

And he will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again, and will gather us out of all nations, among whom he hath scattered us.

Therefore, look upon what he has done for us, and, with fear and trembling, confess to him. And extol the King of all ages with your works.

If ye turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal uprightly before him, then will he turn unto 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 do 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?

But as for me, I will confess him in the land of my captivity. For he has revealed his majesty within a sinful nation.

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

And so, be converted, you sinners, and do justice in the presence of God, believing that he will act in his mercy toward you.

Let all men speak, and let all praise him for his righteousness.

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But I and my soul will rejoice in him.

10  Bless the Lord, all you his elect. Keep days of rejoicing, and confess to him.

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11  O Jerusalem, the city of God, the Lord has chastised you for the works of your hands.

11  O Jerusalem, the holy city, he will scourge thee for thy children’s works, and will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.

12  Confess to the Lord with your good things, and bless the God of all ages, so that he may rebuild his tabernacle in you, and he may recall all the captives to you, and you may be glad in all ages and forever.

12  Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: and praise the everlasting King, that his tabernacle may be builded in thee again with joy, and let him make joyful there in thee those that are captives, and love in thee for ever those that are miserable.

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13  You will shine with a splendid light, and all the ends of the earth will adore by you.

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14  Nations from far away will come to you, bringing gifts. And in you, they shall adore the Lord, and they will hold your land in sanctification.

14  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.

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15  For they will invoke the Great Name in you.

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16  Those who despise you will be cursed, and all those who blaspheme by you will be condemned, and those who build you up will be blessed.

16  Cursed are all they which hate thee, and blessed shall all be which love thee for ever.

17  But you will rejoice in your sons, because they will all be blessed, and they will be gathered together for the Lord.

17  Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just: for they shall be gathered together, and shall bless the Lord of the just.

18  Blessed are all those who love you and who rejoice in your peace.

18  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 for thee, when they have seen all thy glory, and shall be glad for ever.

19  Bless the Lord, O my soul, for the Lord our God has freed Jerusalem, his city, from every one of her tribulations.

19  Let my soul bless God the great King.

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20  Happy will I be, if any of my offspring will be left to see the brightness of Jerusalem.

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21  The gates of Jerusalem will be built from sapphire and emerald, and all its walls will be surrounded with precious stones.

21  For Jerusalem shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone: thy walls and towers and battlements with pure gold.

22  All its streets will be paved with stones, white and clean. And ‘Alleluia’ will be sung throughout its neighborhoods.

22  And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl and carbuncle and stones of Ophir.

23  Blessed be the Lord, who has exalted it, and may he reign over it, forever and ever. Amen.”

23  And all her streets shall say, Alleluia; and they shall praise him, saying, Blessed be God, which hath extolled it for ever.

14:1  And the sermon of Tobit was completed. And after Tobit received his sight, he lived forty-two years, and he saw the sons of his grandchildren.

And so, having completed one hundred and two years, he was buried honorably at Nineveh.

So Tobit made an end of praising God.