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

Chapter 8

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1When they had finished eating and drinking and were ready for bed, the young man was escorted to the bedroom. 2Tobias recalled what Raphael told him; he removed the fish's liver and heart from the bag in which he had them, and put them on the burning incense. 3The smell from the fish kept the demon away, and he made off into Upper Egypt. Raphael followed him there and promptly bound him hand and foot.

4After they were left alone and the door was shut, Tobias got up from the bed, saying to Sarah, ‘Rise, my love; let us pray and beseech our Lord to show us mercy and keep us in safety.’ 5She got up, and they began to pray that they might be kept safe. Tobias said: ‘We praise you, God of our fathers, we praise your name for ever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you for ever. 6You made Adam and also Eve his wife, who was to be his partner and support; and those two were the parents of the human race. This was your word: “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us provide a partner suited to him.” 7So now I take this my beloved to wife, not out of lust but in true marriage. Grant that she and I may find mercy and grow old together.’ 8They both said ‘Amen, Amen,’ 9and they slept through the night.

Raguel rose and summoned his servants, and they went out and dug a grave, 10for he thought, ‘Tobias may be dead, and then we shall have to face scorn and taunts.’ 11When they had finished digging the grave, Raguel went into the house and called his wife: 12‘Send one of the servant-girls’, he said, ‘to go in and see whether he is alive; for if he is dead, let us bury him so that no one may know.’ 13They lit a lamp, opened the door, and sent a servant in; and she found them sound asleep together. 14She came out and told them, ‘He is alive and has come to no harm.’

15Then Raguel praised the God of heaven: ‘All praise to you, O God, all perfect praise! Let men praise you throughout the ages. 16Praise to you for the joy you have given me: the thing I feared has not happened, but you have shown us your great mercy. 17Praise to you for the mercy you have shown to these two, these only children. Lord, show them mercy, keep them safe, and grant them a long life of happiness and affection.’ 18And he ordered his servants to fill in the grave before dawn came.

19Telling his wife to bake a great batch of bread, he went to the herd and brought two oxen and four rams and ordered his servants to get them ready; so they set about the preparations. 20Then calling Tobias he said: ‘You shall not stir from here for two weeks. Stay; eat and drink with us, and cheer my daughter's heart after all her suffering. 21Here and now take half of all I possess, and may you have a safe journey back to your father; the other half will come to you both when I and my wife die. Be reassured, my son, I am your father and Edna is your mother; now and always we are as close to you as we are to your wife. You have nothing to fear, my son.’

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