The Book of Tobit
1 – And after they had supped, they brought in the young man to her.
2 – And Tobias remembering the angel’s word, took out of his bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals.
3 – Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in the desert of upper Egypt.
4 – Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and said to her: Sara, arise, and let us pray to God to day, and to morrow, and the next day: because for these three nights we are joined to God: and when the third night is over, we will be in our own wedlock.
5 – For we are the children of saints, and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God.
6 – So they both arose, and prayed earnestly both together that health might be given them,
7 – And Tobias said: Lord God of our father, may the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and the fountains, and the rivers, and all thy creatures that are in them, bless thee.
8 – Thou madest Adam of the slime of the earth, and gavest him Eve for a helper.
9 – And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.
10 – Sara also said: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, and let us grow old both together in health.
11 – And it came to pass about the cockcrowing, Raguel ordered his servants to be called for, and they went with him together to dig a grave.
12 – For he said: Lest perhaps it may have happened to him, in like manner as it did to the other seven husbands, that went in unto her.
13 – And when they had prepared the pit, Raguel went back to his wife, and said to her:
14 – Send one of thy maids, and let her see if he be dead, that I may bury him before it be day.
15 – So she sent one of her maidservants, who went into the chamber, and found them safe and sound, sleeping both together.
16 – And returning she brought the good news: and Raguel and Anna his wife blessed the Lord,
17 – And said: We bless thee, O Lord God of Israel, because it hath not happened as we suspected.
18 – For thou hast shewn thy mercy to us, and hast shut out from us the enemy that persecuted us.
19 – And thou hast taken pity upon two only children. Make them, O Lord, bless thee more fully: and to offer up to thee a sacrifice of thy praise, and of their health, that all nations may know, that thou alone art God in all the earth.
20 – And immediately Raguel commanded his servants, to fill up the pit they had made, before it was day.
21 – And he spoke to his wife to make ready a feast, and prepare all kind of provisions that are necessary for such as go a journey.
22 – He caused also two fat kine, and four wethers to be killed, and a banquet to be prepared for all his neighbours, and all his friends.
23 – And Raguel adjured Tobias, to abide with him two weeks.
24 – And of all things which Raguel possessed, he gave one half to Tobias, and made him a writing, that the half that remained should after their decease come also to Tobias.
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