The book of the acts of Tobit the son of Tobiel, son of Ananiel,
son of Aduel, son of Gabael, of the descendants of Asiel and the tribe
 who in the days of Shalmaneser, king of the Assyrians, was
taken into captivity from Thisbe, which is to the south of Kedesh Naphtali
in Galilee above Asher.
 I, Tobit, walked in the ways of truth and righteousness
all the days of my life, and I performed many acts of charity to my brethren
and countrymen who went with me into the land of the Assyrians, to Nineveh.
 Now when I was in my own country, in the land of Israel,
while I was still a young man, the whole tribe of Naphtali my forefather
deserted the house of Jerusalem. This was the place which had been chosen
from among all the tribes of Israel, where all the tribes should sacrifice
and where the temple of the dwelling of the Most High was consecrated and
established for all generations for ever.
 All the tribes that joined in apostasy used to sacrifice
to the calf Baal, and so did the house of Naphtali my forefather.
 But I alone went often to Jerusalem for the feasts, as it
is ordained for all Israel by an everlasting decree. Taking the first fruits
and the tithes of my produce and the first shearings, I would give these
to the priests, the sons of Aaron, at the altar.
 Of all my produce I would give a tenth to the sons of Levi
who ministered at Jerusalem; a second tenth I would sell, and I would go
and spend the proceeds each year at Jerusalem;
 the third tenth I would give to those to whom it was my
duty, as Deborah my father's mother had commanded me, for I was left an
orphan by my father.
 When I became a man I married Anna, a member of our family,
and by her I became the father of Tobias.
 Now when I was carried away captive to Nineveh, all my
brethren and my relatives ate the food of the Gentiles;
 but I kept myself from eating it,
 because I remembered God with all my heart.
 Then the Most High gave me favor and good appearance in
the sight of Shalmaneser, and I was his buyer of provisions.
 So I used to go into Media, and once at Rages in Media
I left ten talents of silver in trust with Gabael, the brother of Gabrias.
 But when Shalmaneser died, Sennacherib his son reigned
in his place; and under him the highways were unsafe, so that I could no
longer go into Media.
 In the days of Shalmaneser I performed many acts of charity
to my brethren.
 I would give my bread to the hungry and my clothing to
the naked; and if I saw any one of my people dead and thrown out behind
the wall of Nineveh, I would bury him.
 And if Sennacherib the king put to death any who came fleeing
from Judea, I buried them secretly. For in his anger he put many to death.
When the bodies were sought by the king, they were not found.
 Then one of the men of Nineveh went and informed the king
about me, that I was burying them; so I hid myself. When I learned that
I was being searched for, to be put to death, I left home in fear.
 Then all my property was confiscated and nothing was left
to me except my wife Anna and my son Tobias.
 But not fifty days passed before two of Sennacherib's sons
killed him, and they fled to the mountains of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon,
his son, reigned in his place; and he appointed Ahikar, the son of my brother
Anael, over all the accounts of his kingdom and over the entire administration.
 Ahikar interceded for me, and I returned to Nineveh. Now
Ahikar was cupbearer, keeper of the signet, and in charge of administration
of the accounts, for Esarhaddon had appointed him second to himself. He
was my nephew.
 When I arrived home and my wife Anna and my son Tobias were
restored to me, at the feast of Pentecost, which is the sacred festival
of the seven weeks, a good dinner was prepared for me and I sat down to
 Upon seeing the abundance of food I said to my son, "Go
and bring whatever poor man of our brethren you may find who is mindful
of the Lord, and I will wait for you."
 But he came back and said, "Father, one of our people has
been strangled and thrown into the market place."
 So before I tasted anything I sprang up and removed the
body to a place of shelter until sunset.
 And when I returned I washed myself and ate my food in sorrow.
 Then I remembered the prophecy of Amos, how he said, "Your
feasts shall be turned into mourning, and all your festivities into lamentation."
And I wept.
 When the sun had set I went and dug a grave and buried the
 And my neighbors laughed at me and said, "He is no longer
afraid that he will be put to death for doing this; he once ran away, and
here he is burying the dead again!"
 On the same night I returned from burying him, and because
I was defiled I slept by the wall of the courtyard, and my face was uncovered.
 I did not know that there were sparrows on the wall and
their fresh droppings fell into my open eyes and white films formed on
my eyes. I went to physicians, but they did not help me. Ahikar, however,
took care of me until he went to Elymais.
 Then my wife Anna earned money at women's work.
 She used to send the product to the owners. Once when they
paid her wages, they also gave her a kid;
 and when she returned to me it began to bleat. So I said
to her, "Where did you get the kid? It is not stolen, is it? Return it
to the owners; for it is not right to eat what is stolen."
 And she said, "It was given to me as a gift in addition
to my wages." But I did not believe her, and told her to return it to the
owners; and I blushed for her. Then she replied to me, "Where are your
charities and your righteous deeds? You seem to know everything!"
 Then in my grief I wept, and I prayed in anguish, saying,
 "Righteous art thou, O Lord; all thy deeds and all they
ways are mercy and truth, and thou dost render true and righteous judgment
 Remember me and look favorably upon me; do not punish me
for my sins and for my unwitting offences and those which my fathers committed
 For they disobeyed thy commandments, and thou gavest us
over to plunder, captivity, and death; thou madest us a byword of reproach
in all the nations among which we have been dispersed.
 And now thy many judgments are true in exacting penalty
from me for my sins and those of my fathers, because we did not keep thy
commandments. For we did not walk in truth before thee.
 And now deal with me according to thy pleasure; command
my spirit to be taken up, that I may depart and become dust. For it is
better for me to die than to live, because I have heard false reproaches,
and great is the sorrow within me. Command that I now be released from
my distress to go to the eternal abode; do not turn thy face away from
 On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media, it also happened
that Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, was reproached by her father's maids,
 because she had been given to seven husbands, and the evil
demon Asmodeus had slain each of them before he had been with her as his
wife. So the maids said to her, "Do you not know that you strangle your
husbands? You already have had seven and have had no benefit from any of
 Why do you beat us? If they are dead, go with them! May
we never see a son or daughter of yours!"
 When she heard these things she was deeply grieved, even
to the thought of hanging herself. But she said, "I am the only child of
my father; if I do this, it will be a disgrace to him, and I shall bring
his old age down in sorrow to the grave.
 So she prayed by her window and said, "Blessed art thou,
O Lord my God, and blessed is thy holy and honored name for ever. May all
thy works praise thee for ever.
 And now, O Lord, I have turned my eyes and my face toward
 Command that I be released from the earth and that I hear
reproach no more.
 Thou knowest, O Lord, that I am innocent of any sin with
 and that I did not stain my name or the name of my father
in the land of my captivity. I am my father's only child, and he has no
child to be his heir, no near kinsman or kinsman's son for whom I should
keep myself as wife. Already seven husbands of mine are dead. Why should
I live? But if it be not pleasing to thee to take my life, command that
respect be shown to me and pity be taken upon me, and that I hear reproach
 The prayer of both was heard in the presence of the glory
of the great God.
 And Raphael was sent to heal the two of them: to scale
away the white films of Tobit's eyes; to give Sarah the daughter of Raguel
in marriage to Tobias the son of Tobit, and to bind Asmodeus the evil demon,
because Tobias was entitled to possess her. At that very moment Tobit returned
and entered his house and Sarah the daughter of Raguel came down from her
 On that day Tobit remembered the money which he had left in
trust with Gabael at Rages in Media, and he said to himself;
 "I have asked for death. Why do I not call my son Tobias
so that I may explain to him about the money before I die?"
 So he called him and said, "My son, when I die, bury me,
and do not neglect your mother. Honor her all the days of your life; do
what is pleasing to her, and do not grieve her.
 Remember, my son, that she faced many dangers for you while
you were yet unborn. When she dies bury her beside me in the same grave.
 "Remember the Lord our God all your days, my son, and refuse
to sin or to transgress his commandments. Live uprightly all the days of
your life, and do not walk in the ways of wrongdoing.
 For if you do what is true, your ways will prosper through
 Give alms from your possessions to all who live uprightly,
and do not let your eye begrudge the gift when you make it. Do not turn
your face away from any poor man, and the face of God will not be turned
away from you.
 If you have many possessions, make your gift from them in
proportion; if few, do not be afraid to give according to the little you
 So you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself against
the day of necessity.
 For charity delivers from death and keeps you from entering
 and for all who practice it charity is an excellent offering
in the presence of the Most High.
 "Beware, my son, of all immorality. First of all take a
wife from among the descendants of your fathers and do not marry a foreign
woman, who is not of your father's tribe; for we are the sons of the prophets.
Remember, my son, that Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our fathers of
old, all took wives from among their brethren. They were blessed in their
children, and their posterity will inherit the land.
 So now, my son, love your brethren, and in your heart do
not disdain your brethren and the sons and daughters of your people by
refusing to take a wife for yourself from among them. For in pride there
is ruin and great confusion; and in shiftlessness there is loss and great
want, because shiftlessness is the mother of famine.
 Do not hold over till the next day the wages of any man
who works for you, but pay him at once; and if you serve God you will receive
payment. "Watch yourself, my son, in everything you do, and be disciplined
in all your conduct.
 And what you hate, do not do to any one. Do not drink wine
to excess or let drunkenness go with you on your way.
 Give of your bread to the hungry, and of your clothing
to the naked. Give all your surplus to charity, and do not let your eye
begrudge the gift when you made it.
 Place your bread on the grave of the righteous, but give
none to sinners.
 Seek advice from every wise man, and do not despise any
 Bless the Lord God on every occasion; ask him that your
ways may be made straight and that all your paths and plans may prosper.
For none of the nations has understanding; but the Lord himself gives all
good things, and according to his will he humbles whomever he wishes. "So,
my son, remember my commands, and do not let them be blotted out of your
 And now let me explain to you about the ten talents of
silver which I left in trust with Gabael the son of Gabrias at Rages in
 Do not be afraid, my son, because we have become poor.
You have great wealth if you fear God and refrain from every sin and do
what is pleasing in his sight."
 Then Tobias answered him, "Father, I will do everything that
you have commanded me;
 but how can I obtain the money when I do not know the man?"
 Then Tobit gave him the receipt, and said to him, "Find
a man to go with you and I will pay him wages as long as I live; and go
and get the money."
 So he went to look for a man; and he found Raphael, who
was an angel,
 but Tobias did not know it. Tobias said to him, "Can you
go with me to Rages in Media? Are you acquainted with that region?"
 The angel replied, "I will go with you; I am familiar with
the way, and I have stayed with our brother Gabael."
 Then Tobias said to him, "Wait for me, and I shall tell
 And he said to him, "Go, and do not delay." So he went in
and said to his father, "I have found some one to go with me." He said,
"Call him to me, so that I may learn to what tribe he belongs, and whether
he is a reliable man to go with you."
 So Tobias invited him in; he entered and they greeted each
 Then Tobit said to him, "My brother, to what tribe and
family do you belong? Tell me. "
 But he answered, "Are you looking for a tribe and a family
or for a man whom you will pay to go with your son?" And Tobit said to
him, "I should like to know, my brother, your people and your name."
 He replied, "I am Azarias the son of the great Ananias,
one of your relatives."
 Then Tobit said to him, "You are welcome, my brother. Do
not be angry with me because I tried to learn your tribe and family. You
are a relative of mine, of a good and noble lineage. For I used to know
Ananias and Jathan, the sons of the great Shemaiah, when we went together
to Jerusalem to worship and offered the first-born of our flocks and the
tithes of our produce. They did not go astray in the error of our brethren.
My brother, you come of good stock.
 But tell me, what wages am I to pay you -- a drachma a
day, and expenses for yourself as for my son?
 And besides, I will add to your wages if you both return
safe and sound." So they agreed to these terms.
 Then he said to Tobias, "Get ready for the journey, and
good success to you both." So his son made the preparations for the journey.
And his father said to him, "Go with this man; God who dwells in heaven
will prosper your way, and may his angel attend you." So they both went
out and departed, and the young man's dog was with them.
 But Anna, his mother, began to weep, and said to Tobit,
"Why have you sent our child away? Is he not the staff of our hands as
he goes in and out before us?
 Do not add money to money, but consider it as rubbish as
compared to our child.
 For the life that is given to us by the Lord is enough
 And Tobit said to her, "Do not worry, my sister; he will
return safe and sound, and your eyes will see him.
 For a good angel will go with him; his journey will be
successful, and he will come back safe and sound." Tob 5: So she stopped
 Now as they proceeded on their way they came at evening to the
Tigris river and camped there.
 Then the young man went down to wash himself. A fish leaped
up from the river and would have swallowed the young man;
 and the angel said to him, "Catch the fish." So the young
man seized the fish and threw it up on the land.
 Then the angel said to him, "Cut open the fish and take
the heart and liver and gall and put them away safely."
 So the young man did as the angel told him; and they roasted
and ate the fish. And they both continued on their way until they came
near to Ecbatana.
 Then the young man said to the angel, "Brother Azarias,
of what use is the liver and heart and gall of the fish?"
 He replied, "As for the heart and liver, if a demon or evil
spirit gives trouble to any one, you make a smoke from these before the
man or woman, and that person will never be troubled again.
 And as for the gall, anoint with it a man who has white
films in his eyes, and he will be cured."
 When they approached Ecbatana,
 the angel said to the young man, "Brother, today we shall
stay with Raguel. He is your relative, and he has an only daughter named
Sarah. I will suggest that she be given to you in marriage,
 because you are entitled to her and to her inheritance,
for you are her only eligible kinsman.
 The girl is also beautiful and sensible. Now listen to
my plan. I will speak to her father, and as soon as we return from Rages
we will celebrate the marriage. For I know that Raguel, according to the
law of Moses, cannot give her to another man without incurring the penalty
of death, because you rather than any other man are entitled to the inheritance."
 Then the young man said to the angel, "Brother Azarias,
I have heard that the girl has been given to seven husbands and that each
died in the bridal chamber.
 Now I am the only son my father has, and I am afraid that
if I go in I will die as those before me did, for a demon is in love with
her, and he harms no one except those who approach her. So now I fear that
I may die and bring the lives of my father and mother to the grave in sorrow
on my account. And they have no other son to bury them."
 But the angel said to him, "Do you not remember the words
with which your father commanded you to take a wife from among your own
people? Now listen to me, brother, for she will become your wife; and do
not worry about the demon, for this very night she will be given to you
 When you enter the bridal chamber, you shall take live
ashes of incense and lay upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish
so as to make a smoke.
 Then the demon will smell it and flee away, and will never
again return. And when you approach her, rise up, both of you, and cry
out to the merciful God, and he will save you and have mercy on you. Do
not be afraid, for she was destined for you from eternity. You will save
her, and she will go with you, and I suppose that you will have children
by her." When Tobias heard these things, he fell in love with her and yearned
deeply for her.
 When they reached Ecbatana and arrived at the house of Raguel,
Sarah met them and greeted them. They returned her greeting, and she brought
them into the house.
 Then Raguel said to his wife Edna, "How much the young man
resembles my cousin Tobit!"
 And Raguel asked them, "Where are you from, brethren?" They
answered him, "We belong to the sons of Naphtali, who are captives in Nineveh."
 So he said to them, "Do you know our brother Tobit?" And
they said, "Yes, we do." And he asked them, "Is he in good health?"
 They replied, "He is alive and in good health." And Tobias
said, "He is my father."
 Then Raguel sprang up and kissed him and wept.
 And he blessed him and exclaimed, "Son of that good and
noble man!" When he heard that Tobit had lost his sight, he was stricken
with grief and wept.
 And his wife Edna and his daughter Sarah wept. They received
them very warmly; and they killed a ram from the flock and set large servings
of food before them. Then Tobias said to Raphael, "Brother Azarias, speak
of those things which you talked about on the journey, and let the matter
 So he communicated the proposal to Raguel. And Raguel said
to Tobias, "Eat, drink, and be merry;
 for it is your right to take my child. But let me explain
the true situation to you.
 I have given my daughter to seven husbands, and when each
came to her he died in the night. But for the present be merry." And Tobias
said, "I will eat nothing here until you make a binding agreement with
 So Raguel said, "Take her right now, in accordance with
the law. You are her relative, and she is yours. The merciful God will
guide you both for the best."
 Then he called his daughter Sarah, and taking her by the
hand he gave her to Tobias to be his wife, saying, "Here she is; take her
according to the law of Moses, and take her with you to your father." And
he blessed them.
 Next he called his wife Edna, and took a scroll and wrote
out the contract; and they set their seals to it.
 Then they began to eat.
 And Raguel called his wife Edna and said to her, "Sister,
make up the other room, and take her into it."
 so she did as he said, and took her there; and the girl
began to weep. But the mother comforted her daughter in her tears, and
said to her,
 "Be brave, my child; the Lord of heaven and earth grant
you joy in place of this sorrow of yours. Be brave, my daughter."
 When they had finished eating, they escorted Tobias in to her.
 As he went he remembered the words of Raphael, and he took
the live ashes of incense and put the heart and liver of the fish upon
them and made a smoke.
 And when the demon smelled the odor he fled to the remotest
parts of Egypt, and the angel bound him.
 When the door was shut and the two were alone, Tobias got
up from the bed and said, "Sister, get up, and let us pray that the Lord
may have mercy upon us."
 And Tobias began to pray, "Blessed art thou, O God of our
fathers, and blessed be thy holy and glorious name for ever. Let the heavens
and all thy creatures bless thee.
 Thou madest Adam and gavest him Eve his wife as a helper
and support. From them the race of mankind has sprung. Thou didst say,
`It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make a helper for
him like himself.'
 And now, O Lord, I am not taking this sister of mine because
of lust, but with sincerity. Grant that I may find mercy and may grow old
together with her."
 And she said with him, "Amen."
 Then they both went to sleep for the night. But Raguel arose
and went and dug a grave,
 with the thought, "Perhaps he too will die."
 Then Raguel went into his house
 and said to his wife Edna, "Send one of the maids to see
whether he is alive; and if he is not, let us bury him without any one
knowing about it."
 So the maid opened the door and went in, and found them
 And she came out and told them that he was alive.
 Then Raguel blessed God and said, "Blessed art thou, O
God, with every pure and holy blessing. Let thy saints and all thy creatures
bless thee; let all thy angels and thy chosen people bless thee for ever.
 Blessed art thou, because thou hast made me glad. It has
not happened to me as I expected; but thou hast treated us according to
thy great mercy.
 Blessed art thou, because thou hast had compassion on two
only children. Show them mercy, O Lord; and bring their lives to fulfilment
in health and happiness and mercy."
 Then he ordered his servants to fill in the grave.
 After this he gave a wedding feast for them which lasted
 And before the days of the feast were over, Raguel declared
by oath to Tobias that he should not leave until the fourteen days of the
wedding feast were ended,
 that then he should take half of Raguel's property and
return in safety to his father, and that the rest would be his "when my
wife and I die."
 Then Tobias called Raphael and said to him,
 "Brother Azarias, take a servant and two camels with you
and go to Gabael at Rages in Media and get the money for me; and bring
him to the wedding feast.
 For Raguel has sworn that I should not leave;
 but my father is counting the days, and if I delay long
he will be greatly distressed."
 So Raphael made the journey and stayed over night with Gabael.
He gave him the receipt, and Gabael brought out the money bags with their
seals intact and gave them to him.
 In the morning they both got up early and came to the wedding
feast. And Gabael blessed Tobias and his wife.
 Now his father Tobit was counting each day, and when the days
for the journey had expired and they did not arrive,
 he said, "Is it possible that he has been detained? Or is
it possible that Gabael has died and there is no one to give him the money?"
 And he was greatly distressed.
 And his wife said to him, "The lad has perished; his long
delay proves it." Then she began to mourn for him, and said,
 "Am I not distressed, my child, that I let you go, you who
are the light of my eyes?"
 But Tobit said to her, "Be still and stop worrying; he is
 And she answered him, "Be still and stop deceiving me; my
child has perished." And she went out every day to the road by which they
had left; she ate nothing in the daytime, and throughout the nights she
never stopped mourning for her son Tobias, until the fourteen days of the
wedding feast had expired which Raguel had sworn that he should spend there.
At that time Tobias said to Raguel, "Send me back, for my father and mother
have given up hope of ever seeing me again."
 But his father-in-law said to him, "Stay with me, and I
will send messengers to your father, and they will inform him how things
are with you."
 Tobias replied, "No, send me back to my father."
 So Raguel arose and gave him his wife Sarah and half of
his property in slaves, cattle, and money.
 And when he had blessed them he sent them away, saying,
"The God of heaven will prosper you, my children, before I die."
 He said also to his daughter, "Honor your father-in-law
and your mother-in-law; they are now your parents. Let me hear a good report
of you. " And he kissed her. And Edna said to Tobias, "The Lord of heaven
bring you back safely, dear brother, and grant me to see your children
by my daughter Sarah, that I may rejoice before the Lord. See, I am entrusting
my daughter to you; do nothing to grieve her."
 After this Tobias went on his way, praising God because he had
made his journey a success. And he blessed Raguel and his wife Edna. So
he continued on his way until they came near to Nineveh.
 Then Raphael said to Tobias, "Are you not aware, brother,
of how you left your father?
 Let us run ahead of your wife and prepare the house.
 And take the gall of the fish with you." So they went their
way, and the dog went along behind them.
 Now Anna sat looking intently down the road for her son.
 And she caught sight of him coming, and said to his father,
"Behold, your son is coming, and so is the man who went with him!"
 Raphael said, "I know, Tobias, that your father will open
 You therefore must anoint his eyes with the gall; and when
they smart he will rub them, and will cause the white films to fall away,
and he will see you."
 Then Anna ran to meet them, and embraced her son, and said
to him, "I have seen you, my child; now I am ready to die." And they both
 Tobit started toward the door, and stumbled. But his son
ran to him
 and took hold of his father, and he sprinkled the gall
upon his father's eyes, saying, "Be of good cheer, father."
 And when his eyes began to smart he rubbed them,
 and the white films scaled off from the corners of his
 Then he saw his son and embraced him, and he wept and said,
"Blessed art thou, O God, and blessed is thy name for ever, and blessed
are all thy holy angels.
 For thou hast afflicted me, but thou hast had mercy upon
me; here I see my son Tobias!" And his son went in rejoicing, and he reported
to 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 as he went
were amazed because he could see.
 And Tobit gave thanks before them that God had been merciful
to him. When Tobit came near to Sarah his daughter-in-law, he blessed her,
saying, "Welcome, daughter! Blessed is God who has brought you to us, and
blessed are your father and your mother." So there was rejoicing among
all his brethren in Nineveh.
 Ahikar and his nephew Nadab came,
 and Tobias' marriage was celebrated for seven days with
 Tobit then called his son Tobias and said to him, "My son, see
to the wages of the man who went with you; and he must also be given more."
 He replied, "Father, it would do me no harm to give him
half of what I have brought back.
 For he has led me back to you safely, he cured my wife,
he obtained the money for me, and he also healed you."
 The old man said, "He deserves it."
 So he called the angel and said to him, "Take half of all
that you two have brought back."
 Then the angel called the two of them privately and said
to them: "Praise God and give thanks to him; exalt him and give thanks
to him in the presence of all the living for what he has done for you.
It is good to praise God and to exalt his name, worthily declaring the
works of God. Do not be slow to give him thanks.
 It is good to guard the secret of a king, but gloriously
to reveal the works of God. Do good, and evil will not overtake you.
 Prayer is good when accompanied by fasting, almsgiving,
and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with
wrongdoing. It is better to give alms than to treasure up gold.
 For almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away
every sin. Those who perform deeds of charity and of righteousness will
have fulness of life;
 but those who commit sin are the enemies of their own lives.
 "I will not conceal anything from you. I have said, `It
is good to guard the secret of a king, but gloriously to reveal the works
 And so, when you and your daughter-in-law Sarah prayed,
I brought a reminder of your prayer before the Holy One; and when you buried
the dead, I was likewise present with you.
 When you did not hesitate to rise and leave your dinner
in order to go and lay out the dead, your good deed was not hidden from
me, but I was with you.
 So now God sent me to heal you and your daughter-in-law
 I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels who present
the prayers of the saints and enter into the presence of the glory of the
 They were both alarmed; and they fell upon their faces,
for they were afraid.
 But he said to them, "Do not be afraid; you will be safe.
But praise God for ever.
 For I did not come as a favor on my part, but by the will
of our God. Therefore praise him for ever.
 All these days I merely appeared to you and did not eat
or drink, but you were seeing a vision.
 And now give thanks to God, for I am ascending to him who
sent me. Write in a book everything that has happened."
 Then they stood up; but they saw him no more.
 So they confessed the great and wonderful works of God,
and acknowledged that the angel of the Lord had appeared to them.
 Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said:
"Blessed is God who lives for ever, and blessed is his kingdom.
 For he afflicts, and he shows mercy; he leads down to Hades,
and brings up again, and there is no one who can escape his hand.
 Acknowledge him before the nations, O sons of Israel; for
he has scattered us among them.
 Make his greatness known there, and exalt him in the presence
of all the living; because he is our Lord and God, he is our Father for
 He will afflict us for our iniquities; and again he will
show mercy, and will gather us from all the nations among whom you have
 If you turn to him with all your heart and with all your
soul, to do what is true before him, then he will turn to you and will
not hide his face from you. But see what he will do with you; give thanks
to him with your full voice. Praise the Lord of righteousness, and exalt
the King of the ages. I give him thanks in the land of my captivity, and
I show his power and majesty to a nation of sinners. Turn back, you sinners,
and do right before him; who knows if he will accept you and have mercy
 I exalt my God; my soul exalts the King of heaven, and will
rejoice in his majesty.
 Let all men speak, and give him thanks in Jerusalem.
 O Jerusalem, the holy city, he will afflict you for the
deeds of your sons, but again he will show mercy to the sons of the righteous.
 Give thanks worthily to the Lord, and praise the King of
the ages, that his tent may be raised for you again with joy. May he cheer
those within you who are captives, and love those within you who are distressed,
to all generations for ever.
 Many nations will come from afar to the name of the Lord
God, bearing gifts in their hands, gifts for the King of heaven. Generations
of generations will give you joyful praise.
 Cursed are all who hate you; blessed for ever will be all
who love you.
 Rejoice and be glad for the sons of the righteous; for
they will be gathered together, and will praise the Lord of the righteous.
 How blessed are those who love you! They will rejoice in
your peace. Blessed are those who grieved over all your afflictions; for
they will rejoice for you upon seeing all your glory, and they will be
made glad for ever.
 Let my soul praise God the great King.
 For Jerusalem will be built with sapphires and emeralds,
her walls with precious stones, and her towers and battlements with pure
 The streets of Jerusalem will be paved with beryl and ruby
and stones of Ophir;
 all her lanes will cry `Hallelujah!' and will give praise,
saying, `Blessed is God, who has exalted you for ever.'"
 Here Tobit ended his words of praise.
 He was fifty-eight years old when he lost his sight, and
after eight years he regained it. He gave alms, and he continued to fear
the Lord God and to praise him.
 When he had grown very old he called his son and grandsons,
and said to him, "My son, take your sons; behold, I have grown old and
am about to depart this life.
 Go to Media, my son, for I fully believe what Jonah the
prophet said about Nineveh, that it will be overthrown. But in Media there
will be peace for a time. Our brethren will be scattered over the earth
from the good land, and Jerusalem will be desolate. The house of God in
it will be burned down and will be in ruins for a time.
 But God will again have mercy on them, and bring them back
into their land; and they will rebuild the house of God, though it will
not be like the former one until the times of the age are completed. After
this they will return from the places of their captivity, and will rebuild
Jerusalem in splendor. And the house of God will be rebuilt there with
a glorious building for all generations for ever, just as the prophets
said of it.
 Then all the Gentiles will turn to fear the Lord God in
truth, and will bury their idols.
 All the Gentiles will praise the Lord, and his people will
give thanks to God, and the Lord will exalt his people. And all who love
the Lord God in truth and righteousness will rejoice, showing mercy to
 "So now, my son, leave Nineveh, because what the prophet
Jonah said will surely happen.
 But keep the law and the commandments, and be merciful and
just, so that it may be well with you.
 Bury me properly, and your mother with me. And do not live
in Nineveh any longer. See, my son, what Nadab did to Ahikar who had reared
him, how he brought him from light into darkness, and with what he repaid
him. But Ahikar was saved, and the other received repayment as he himself
went down into the darkness. Ahikar gave alms and escaped the deathtrap
which Nadab had set for him; but Nadab fell into the trap and perished.
 So now, my children, consider what almsgiving accomplishes
and how righteousness delivers." As he said this he died in his bed. He
was a hundred and fifty-eight years old; and Tobias gave him a magnificent
 And when Anna died he buried her with his father. Then
Tobias returned with his wife and his sons to Ecbatana, to Raguel his father-in-law.
 He grew old with honor, and he gave his father-in-law and
mother-in-law magnificent funerals. He inherited their property and that
of his father Tobit.
 He died in Ecbatana of Media at the age of a hundred and
 But before he died he heard of the destruction of Nineveh,
which Nebuchadnezzar and Ahasuerus had captured. Before his death he rejoiced