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

Chapter 14

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1So ended Tobit's thanksgiving. He died peacefully at the age of a hundred and twelve, and was buried in Nineveh with all honour. 2He was sixty-two years old when his eyes were damaged, and after he recovered his sight he lived in prosperity, doing acts of charity and never ceasing to praise God and to proclaim his majesty.

3When he was dying, he sent for his son Tobias and gave him these instructions: ‘My son, you must take your children 4and be off to Media with all haste, for I believe God's word spoken against Nineveh by Nahum. It will all come true; everything will happen to Asshur and Nineveh that was spoken by the prophets of Israel who were sent by God. Not a word of it will fall short; all will take place in due time. It will be safer in Media than in Assyria or Babylon. I know, I am convinced, that all God's words will be fulfilled. It will be so: not one of them will fail. Our countrymen who live in Israel will all be scattered and carried off into captivity out of that good land. The whole of Israel's territory with Samaria and Jerusalem will lie waste; and for a time the house of God will be in mourning, burnt to the ground.

5‘But God will have mercy on them again and bring them back to the land of Israel. They will rebuild the house of God, yet not as it was at first, not until the time of fulfilment comes. Then they will all return from their captivity and rebuild Jerusalem in splendour; then indeed God's house will be built in her as the prophets of Israel foretold. 6All the nations in the whole world will be converted to the true worship of God; they will renounce the idols which led them astray into error, 7and will praise the eternal God in righteousness. All the Israelites who survive at that time and are firm in their loyalty to God will be brought together; they will come to Jerusalem to take possession of the land of Abraham and will live there securely for ever. Those who love God in sincerity will rejoice; sinners and wrongdoers will disappear from the earth.

8‘My children, I give you this command: serve God in truth and do what is pleasing to him. 9Teach your children to do what is right and give alms, to be mindful of God and praise his name sincerely at all times and with all their strength.

10‘Now, my son, you must leave Nineveh; do not stay here. Once you have laid your mother in the grave beside me, do not spend another night within the city boundaries, for I observe that the place is full of wickedness and shameless dishonesty. My son, think what Nadab did to Ahikar who brought him up: he forced him to hide in a living grave. Ahikar survived to see God requite the disgrace brought on him; he came out into the light of day, but Nadab passed into everlasting darkness for his attempt to kill Ahikar. Because he gave alms a 14:10 he gave alms: prob. rdg; Gk I gave alms. , Ahikar escaped from the deadly trap Nadab set for him, and it was Nadab who fell into the trap and was destroyed. 11See what comes of almsgiving, my children; and see what comes of wickedness — death. But now my strength is failing.’ They laid him on his bed and he died, and he was given honourable burial.

12When his mother died, Tobias buried her beside his father; then he and his wife and children went to Media, where they settled at Ecbatana with his father-in-law Raguel. 13He honoured and cared for his wife's parents in their old age. He buried them at Ecbatana in Media, and he inherited the estate of Raguel as well as that of his father Tobit. 14At the age of a hundred and seventeen he died, greatly respected. 15Tobias lived long enough to hear of the destruction of Nineveh by King Ahasuerus of Media and to see the prisoners of war brought from there into Media. He praised God for all that he had done to the inhabitants of Nineveh and Asshur; before he died he rejoiced over the fate of Nineveh, and he praised the Lord God who lives for ever and ever.

Amen.

Notes:

a 14:10 he gave alms: prob. rdg; Gk I gave alms.

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