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Tobit 8 : 1 - 24

Chapter 8

1And after they had supped, they brought in the young man to her.
2And Tobias remembering the angel's word, took out of his bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals.
3Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in the desert of upper Egypt.
4Then 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.
5For we are the children of saints, and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God.
6So they both arose, and prayed earnestly both together that health might be given them,
7And 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.
8Thou madest Adam of the slime of the earth, and gavest him Eve for a helper.
9And 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.
10Sara also said: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, and let us grow old both together in health.
11And 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.
12For 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.
13And when they had prepared the pit, Raguel went back to his wife, and said to her:
14Send one of thy maids, and let her see if he be dead, that I may bury him before it be day.
15So she sent one of her maidservants, who went into the chamber, and found them safe and sound, sleeping both together.
16And returning she brought the good news: and Raguel and Anna his wife blessed the Lord,
17And said: We bless thee, O Lord God of Israel, because it hath not happened as we suspected.
18For thou hast shewn thy mercy to us, and hast shut out from us the enemy that persecuted us.
19And 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.
20And immediately Raguel commanded his servants, to fill up the pit they had made, before it was day.
21And 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.
22He 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.
23And Raguel adjured Tobias, to abide with him two weeks.
24And 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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