The Bible in Its Traditions

Tobit 9:19–10:14

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In truth, when Tobias was delayed because of the marriage celebration, his father Tobit was worried, saying: “Why do you think my son is delayed, or why has he been detained there?

Now Tobit his father counted every day: and when the days of the journey were expired, and they came not,

Do you think that Gabael has died, and that no one will repay him the money?”

Then Tobit said, Are they detained? or is Gabael dead, and there is no man to give him the money?

And so he began to be exceedingly sad, both he and his wife Anna with him. And they both began to weep together, because their son did not at least return to them on the appointed day.

Therefore he was very sorry.

But his mother wept inconsolable tears, and also said: “Woe, woe to me, O my son. Why did we send you to journey far away, you: the light of our eyes, the staff of our old age, the solace of our life, the hope of our posterity?

Then his wife said unto him, My son is dead, seeing he stayeth long; and she began to wail him, and said,

Having all things together as one in you, we ought not to have dismissed you from us.”

Now I care for nothing, my son, since I have let thee go, the light of mine eyes.

And Tobit was saying to her: “Be calm, and do not be troubled. Our son is safe. That man, with whom we sent him, is faithful enough.”

To whom Tobit said, Hold thy peace, take no care, for he is safe.

Yet she was by no means able to be consoled. But, leaping up every day, she looked all round, and traveled around all the ways, by which there seemed any hope that he might return, so that she might possibly see him coming from afar.

But she said, Hold thy peace, and deceive me not; my son is dead. And she went out every day into the way which they went, and did eat no meat on the daytime, and ceased not whole nights to bewail her son Tobias, until the fourteen days of the wedding were expired, which Raguel had sworn that he should spend there. Then Tobias said to Raguel,

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Let me go, for my father and my mother look no more to see me.

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In truth, Raguel said to his son-in-law, “Remain here, and I will send a message of your health to your father Tobit.”

But his father in law said unto him, Tarry with me, and I will send to thy father, and they shall declare unto him how things go with thee.

And Tobias said to him, “I know that my father and my mother have now counted the days, and their spirit must be tortured within them.”

But Tobias said, No; but let me go to my father.

10  And when Raguel had repeatedly petitioned Tobias, and he was by no means willing to listen to him, he delivered Sarah to him, and half of all his substance: with men and women servants, with sheep, camels, and cows, and with much money. And he dismissed him away, in safety and gladness, from him,

10  Then Raguel arose, and gave him Sara his wife, and half his goods, servants, and cattle, and money

11  saying: “May the holy Angel of the Lord be with your journey, and may he lead you through unharmed, and may you discover that all is right concerning your parents, and may my eyes see your sons before I die.”

11  And he blessed them, and sent them away, saying, The God of heaven give you a prosperous journey, my children.

12  saying: “May the holy Angel of the Lord be with your journey, and may he lead you through unharmed, and may you discover that all is right concerning your parents, and may my eyes see your sons before I die.”

13  admonishing her to honor her father-in-law, to love her husband, to guide the family, to govern the household, and to behave irreproachably herself.

12  And he said to his daughter, Honour thy father and thy mother in law, which are now thy parents, that I may hear good report of thee. And he kissed her. Edna also said to Tobias, The Lord of heaven restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord: behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; where are do not entreat her evil.