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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 8

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Expulsion of the Demon. 1When they had finished eating and drinking, the girl's parents wanted to retire. They brought the young man out of the dining room and led him into the bedroom. 2At this point Tobiah, mindful of Raphael's instructions, took the fish's liver and heart from the bag which he had with him, and placed them on the embers for the incense.* 3The demon, repelled by the odor of the fish, fled into Upper Egypt;* Raphael pursued him there and bound him hand and foot. Then Raphael returned immediately.

4When the girl's parents left the bedroom and closed the door behind them, Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife, “My love, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.” 5She got up, and they started to pray and beg that deliverance might be theirs. He began with these words:

“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. n Dn 3, 26 . 6You made Adam and you gave him hiswife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human racedescended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to bealone; let us make him a partner likehimself.’ o Gn 2, 18–23 . 7Now, Lord, you know that I take thiswife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to ahappy old age.”

8They said together, “Amen, amen,” 9and went to bed for the night.

But Raguel got up and summoned his servants. With him they went out to dig a grave, 10for he said, “I must do this, because if Tobiah should die, we would be subjected to ridicule and insult.” 11When they had finished digging the grave, Raguel went back into the house and called his wife, 12saying, “Send one of the maids in to see whether Tobiah is alive or dead, so that if necessary we may bury him without anyone's knowing about it.” 13She sent the maid, who lit a lamp, opened the bedroom door, went in, and found them sound asleep together. 14The maid went out and told the girl's parents that Tobiah was alive, and that there was nothing wrong. 15Then Raguel praised the God of heaven in these words:

“Blessed are you, O God, with everyholy and pure blessing! Let all your chosen ones praise you; let them bless you forever! 16Blessed are you, who have made meglad; what I feared did not happen. Rather you have dealt with us according to your great mercy. 17Blessed are you, for you were merciful toward two only children. Grant them, Master, mercy anddeliverance, and bring their lives to fulfillment with happiness and mercy.”

18Then he told his servants to fill in the grave before dawn.

Wedding Feast. 19He asked his wife to bake many loaves of bread; he himself went out to the herd and picked out two steers and four rams which he ordered to be slaughtered. So the servants began to prepare the feast. 20He summoned Tobiah and made an oath in his presence, saying: “For fourteen days* you shall not stir from here, but shall remain here eating and drinking with me; and you shall bring joy to my daughter's sorrowing spirit. 21Take, to begin with, half of whatever I own when you go back in good health to your father; the other half will be yours when I and my wife die. Be of good cheer, my son! I am your father, and Edna is your mother; and we belong to you and to your beloved now and forever. So be happy, son!”

Notes:

n: Dn 3, 26 .

o: Gn 2, 18–23 .

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