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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 2

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1 DURING the reign of Esarhaddon, I returned to my house, and my wife Anna and my son Tobias were restored to me. At our festival of Pentecost, that is the feast of Weeks, a fine meal was prepared for me and I took my place. 2The table being laid and food in plenty put before me, I said to Tobias: ‘My son, go out and, if you find among our people captive here in Nineveh some poor man who is wholeheartedly mindful of God, bring him back to share my meal. I shall wait for you, son, till you return.’ 3Tobias went to look for a poor man of our people, but came straight back and cried, ‘Father!’ ‘Yes, my son?’ I replied. ‘Father,’ he answered, ‘one of our nation has been murdered! His body is lying in the market-place; he has just been strangled.’ 4I jumped up and left my meal untasted. I took the body from the square and put it in one of the outbuildings until sunset when I could bury it; 5then I went indoors, duly bathed myself, and ate my food in sorrow. 6I recalled the words of the prophet Amos in the passage about Bethel:

Your festivals shall be turned into mourning, and all your a 2:6 songs: so one Vs. (cp. Amos 8:10 ); Gk ways. songs into lamentation,

and I wept. 7When the sun had gone down, I went and dug a grave and buried the body. 8My neighbours jeered. ‘Is he no longer afraid?’ they said. ‘He ran away last time, when they were hunting for him to put him to death for this very offence; and here he is again burying the dead!’

9That night, after bathing myself, I went into my courtyard and lay down to sleep by the courtyard wall, leaving my face uncovered because of the heat. 10I did not know that there were sparrows in the wall above me, and their droppings fell, still warm, right into my eyes and produced white patches. I went to the doctors to be cured, but the more they treated me with their ointments, the more my eyes became blinded by the white patches, until I lost my sight. I was blind for four years; my kinsmen all grieved for me, and for two years Ahikar looked after me, until he moved to Elymais.

11At that time Anna my wife used to earn money by women's work, spinning and weaving, 12and her employers would pay her when she took them what she had done. One day, the seventh of Dystrus, after she had cut off the piece she had woven and delivered it, they not only paid her wages in full, but also gave her a kid from their herd of goats to take home. 13When my wife came into the house to me, the kid began to bleat, and I called out to her: ‘Where does that kid come from? I hope it was not stolen? Return it to its owners; we have no right to eat anything stolen.’ 14But she assured me: ‘It was given me as a present, over and above my wages.’ I did not believe her and insisted that she return it, and I blushed with shame for what she had done. Her rejoinder was: ‘So much for all your acts of charity and all your good works! Everyone can now see what you are really like.’

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a 2:6 songs: so one Vs. (cp. Amos 8:10 ); Gk ways.

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