1 Then Tobit called his son to him, and he said to him, “What are we able to give to this holy man, who accompanied you?”
2 Tobias, answering, said to his father: “Father, what wages shall we give him? And what could be worthy of his benefits?
3 He led me and he brought me back safely. He received the money from Gabael. He caused me to have my wife. And he confined the demon away from her. He caused joy to her parents. Myself, he rescued from being devoured by the fish. As for you, he also caused you to see the light of heaven. And so, we have been filled with all good things through him. What could we possibly give to him that would be worthy of these things?
4 But I implore you, my father, to ask him if he would perhaps deign to take for himself half of all the things that have been brought.”
5 And calling him, the father especially, and the son, they took him aside. And they began to petition him, so that he would deign to accept ownership of one half part of all things that they had brought.
6 Then he said to them privately: “Bless the God of heaven, and confess to him in the sight of all who live, for he has acted in his mercy toward you.
7 For it is good to conceal the secret of a king, just as it is also honorable to reveal and to confess the works of God.
8 Prayer with fasting is good, and almsgiving is better than hiding away gold in storage.
9 For almsgiving delivers from death, and the same is what purges sins and makes one able to find mercy and everlasting life.
10 But those who commit sin and iniquity are enemies to their own soul.
11 Therefore, I reveal the truth to you, and I will not hide the explanation from you.
12 When you prayed with tears, and buried the dead, and left behind your dinner, and hid the dead by day in your house, and buried them by night: I offered your prayer to the Lord.
13 And because you were acceptable to God, it was necessary for you to be tested by trials.
14 And now, the Lord has sent me to cure you, and to free Sarah, your son’s wife, from the demon.
15 For I am the Angel Raphael, one of seven, who stand before the Lord.”
16 And when they had heard these things, they were troubled, and being seized with fear, they fell upon the ground on their face.
17 And the Angel said to them: “Peace be to you. Fear not.
18 For when I was with you, I was there by the will of God. Bless him, and sing to him.
19 Indeed, I seemed to eat and drink with you, but I make use of an invisible food and drink, which cannot be seen by men.
20 Therefore, it is time that I return to him who sent me. But as for you, bless God, and describe all his wonders.”
21 And when he had said these things, he was taken from their sight, and they were not able to see him any longer.
22 Then, lying prostrate for three hours upon their face, they blessed God. And rising up, they described all his wonders.
1 And so, the elder Tobit, opening his mouth, blessed the Lord, and he said: “O Lord, you are great in eternity and your kingdom is with all ages.
2 For you scourge, and you save. You lead down to the grave, and you bring up again. And there is no one who can escape from your hand.
3 Confess to the Lord, O sons of Israel, and praise him in the sight of the nations.
4 For, indeed, he has dispersed you among the Gentiles, who are ignorant of him, that you may proclaim his wonders, and that you may cause them to know that there is no other almighty God, except him.
5 He has chastised us because of our iniquities, and he will save us because of his mercy.
6 Therefore, look upon what he has done for us, and, with fear and trembling, confess to him. And extol the King of all ages with your works.
7 But as for me, I will confess him in the land of my captivity. For he has revealed his majesty within a sinful nation.
8 And so, be converted, you sinners, and do justice in the presence of God, believing that he will act in his mercy toward you.
9 But I and my soul will rejoice in him.
10 Bless the Lord, all you his elect. Keep days of rejoicing, and confess to him.
11 O Jerusalem, the city of God, the Lord has chastised you for the works of your hands.
12 Confess to the Lord with your good things, and bless the God of all ages, so that he may rebuild his tabernacle in you, and he may recall all the captives to you, and you may be glad in all ages and forever.
13 You will shine with a splendid light, and all the ends of the earth will adore by you.
14 Nations from far away will come to you, bringing gifts. And in you, they shall adore the Lord, and they will hold your land in sanctification.
15 For they will invoke the Great Name in you.
16 Those who despise you will be cursed, and all those who blaspheme by you will be condemned, and those who build you up will be blessed.
17 But you will rejoice in your sons, because they will all be blessed, and they will be gathered together for the Lord.
18 Blessed are all those who love you and who rejoice in your peace.
19 Bless the Lord, O my soul, for the Lord our God has freed Jerusalem, his city, from every one of her tribulations.
20 Happy will I be, if any of my offspring will be left to see the brightness of Jerusalem.
21 The gates of Jerusalem will be built from sapphire and emerald, and all its walls will be surrounded with precious stones.
22 All its streets will be paved with stones, white and clean. And ‘Alleluia’ will be sung throughout its neighborhoods.
23 Blessed be the Lord, who has exalted it, and may he reign over it, forever and ever. Amen.”
1 And the sermon of Tobit was completed. And after Tobit received his sight, he lived forty-two years, and he saw the sons of his grandchildren.
2 And so, having completed one hundred and two years, he was buried honorably at Nineveh.
3 For he was fifty-six years old, when he lost the light of his eyes, and he was sixty years old, when he truly received it again.
4 And, in truth, the remainder of his life was in gladness. And so, with the good accomplishment of the fear of God, he departed in peace.
5 But, in the hour of his death, he called to himself his son Tobias, along with his sons, the seven youths who were his grandsons, and he said to them:
6 Nineveh will pass away soon. For the word of the Lord goes forward, and our brothers, who have been dispersed away from the land of Israel, shall return to it.
7 Thus its deserted land will be entirely filled again. And the house of God, which was burned like incense within it, will be rebuilt again. And all those who fear God will return there.
8 And the Gentiles will relinquish their idols, and they will enter into Jerusalem, and they will dwell in it.
9 And all the kings of the earth will rejoice in it, adoring the King of Israel.
10 Therefore, my sons, listen to your father. Serve the Lord in truth, and seek to do the things that please him.
11 And command your sons, so that they may accomplish justice and almsgiving, and so that they may be mindful of God and may bless him at all times, in truth and with all their strength.
12 And now, sons, listen to me, and do not remain here. But, on whatever day you will bury your mother near me in one sepulcher, from that time, direct your steps to leave this place.
13 For I see that its iniquity will bring about its end.”
14 And it happened that, after the death of his mother, Tobias withdrew from Nineveh, with his wife, and sons, and sons of sons, and he was returned to his father-in-law.
15 And he found them unharmed in a good old age. And he took care of them, and he closed their eyes. And all the inheritance of the house of Raguel passed to him. And he saw the sons of his sons to the fifth generation.
16 And, having completed ninety-nine years in the fear of the Lord, with joy, they buried him.
17 But all his family and all his lineage continued with a good life and in holy conversation, so that they were acceptable both to God and to men, as well as to everyone who dwelt in the land.
1 Now you will be devastated, you daughter of a robber. They have placed a blockade against us, with a rod they will strike the jaw of the judge of Israel.
2 And you, Bethlehem Ephrata, are a little one among the thousands of Judah. From you will go forth he who shall be the ruler in Israel, and his landing place has been set from the beginning, from the days of eternity.
3 Because of this, he will provide for them, even until the time in which she who bears him gives birth. And the remnant of his brothers will be converted to the sons of Israel.
4 And he will stand firm and feed on the strength of the Lord, according to the sublime name of the Lord his God. And they will be converted, for now he will be magnified, even to the ends of the earth.
5 And this man will be our peace, when the Assyrian will come into our land, and when he will trample on our houses; and we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight principal men.
6 And they will graze on the land of Assur with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with its spears; and he will free us from Assur, when he will come into our land, and when he will trample our borders.
7 And there will be a remnant of Jacob in the midst of many peoples, like a dew from the Lord and like drops upon the grass, which awaits no man and does not stand before the sons of men.
8 And there will be a remnant of Jacob within the Gentiles, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forests, and like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, when he will pass through and trample down and seize, there is none who can rescue.
9 Your hand will be exalted over your enemies, and all your adversaries will pass away.
10 And it will be in that day, says the Lord: I will take away your horses from your midst, and I will utterly ruin your four-horse chariots.
11 And I will destroy the cities of your land, and I will pull down all your fortifications, and I will take away evil-doing from your hand, and there will be no divinations among you.
12 And I will cause your graven images to perish, and your statues, from your midst. And you will no longer adore the works of your hands.
13 And I will root out your sacred groves from your midst, and I will crush your cities.
14 And I will exact vengeance, in fury and in indignation, among all the nations which have not listened.
29 And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were still.
30 And they rejoiced because they were still: and he brought them to the haven which they wished for.
31 Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his wonderful works to the children of men.
32 And let them exalt him in the church of the people: and praise him in the chair of the ancients.
33 He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of water into dry ground:
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He hath turned a wilderness into pools of water, and a dry land into water springs.
12 For when the will is prompted, it receives according to what that person has, not according to what that person does not have.
13 And it is not that others should be relieved, while you are troubled, but that there should be an equality.
14 In this present time, let your abundance supply their need, so that their abundance may also supply your need, in order that there may be an equality, just as it was written:
15 He with more did not have too much; and he with less did not have too little.
16 But thanks be to God, who has granted to the heart of Titus, this same solicitude for you.
17 For certainly, he accepted the exhortation. But since he was more solicitous, he went to you of his own free will.
18 And we have even sent with him a brother whose praise accompanies the Gospel throughout all the churches.
19 And not only that, but he was also chosen by the churches to be a companion for our sojourn in this grace, which is ministered by us with our determined will, to the glory of the Lord.
20 So let us avoid this, lest anyone disparage us over the abundance that is ministered by us.
21 For we provide for what is good, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have also sent with them our brother, whom we have proven to be frequently solicitous in many matters. But now there is a greater solicitousness, which is greatly entrusted to you;
23 and whether it concerns Titus, who is a companion to me and a helper to you, or whether it concerns our brothers, the Apostles of the churches, it is to the glory of Christ.
24 Therefore, in the sight of the churches, show them the proof of your charity and of our glorying about you.
1 Now, concerning the ministry that is done toward the saints, it is not necessary for me to write to you.
2 For I know your willing mind. I glory about you, concerning this, to the Macedonians. For Achaia has also been prepared, for the past year. And your example has inspired very many others.
3 Now I have sent the brothers, so that what we glory about concerning you might be not be empty in this matter, in order that (as I have explained) you may be prepared.
4 Otherwise, if the Macedonians arrive with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you) would be ashamed in this matter.
5 Therefore, I considered it necessary to ask the brothers to go to you in advance and to prepare this blessing as promised, and in this way, you may be ready as a blessing, not as an excess.
6 But I say this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows with blessings shall also reap from blessings:
7 each one giving, just as he has determined in his heart, neither out of sadness, nor out of obligation. For God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make every grace abound in you, so that, always having what you need in all things, you may abound unto every good work,
9 just as it was written: “He has distributed widely, he has given to the poor; his justice remains from age to age.”
10 And he who ministers seed to the sower will offer you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.
11 So then, having been enriched in all things, you may abound in all simplicity, which works thanksgiving to God through us.
12 For the ministration of this office not only supplies whatever the saints need, but also abounds through many thanksgivings in the Lord.
13 And so, through the evidence of this ministry, you glorify God by the obedience of your confession in the Gospel of Christ, and by the simplicity of your communion with them and with everyone,
14 and they offer prayers for you, being solicitous about you, because of the excellent grace of God within you.
15 Thanks be to God for his ineffable gift.