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

Chapter 11

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1Tobias parted from Raguel in good health and spirits, praising the Lord of heaven and earth, the King of all, for the success of his journey. He gave his blessing to Raguel and Edna his wife, saying, ‘It is the Lord's command that I should honour you all your days.’

2When they reached Caserin close to Nineveh, Raphael said: ‘You know how your father was when we left him. 3Let us hurry on ahead of your wife and see that the house is ready before the others arrive’; 4and as the two of them went on together he added, ‘Bring the fish-gall in your hand.’ The dog went with the angel and Tobias, following at their heels.

5Anna sat watching the road by which her son would return. 6She caught sight of him coming and exclaimed to his father, ‘Here he comes—your son and the man who went with him!’ 7Before Tobias reached his father's house Raphael said: ‘I know for certain that his eyes will be opened. 8Spread the fish-gall on them; this remedy will make the white patches shrink and peel off. Your father will get his sight back and see the light of day.’ 9Anna ran forward, flung her arms round her son, and said to him: ‘Now that I have seen you again, my child, I am ready to die.’ And she wept.

10As Tobit rose to his feet and came stumbling out through the courtyard gate, 11Tobias went up to him with the fish-gall in his hand. He blew into his father's eyes and then, taking him by the arm and saying, ‘Do not be alarmed, father,’ 12he applied the remedy carefully 13and with both hands peeled off the patches from the corners of Tobit's eyes. Tobit threw his arms round him 14and burst into tears. ‘I can see you, my son, the light of my eyes!’ he cried. ‘Praise be to God, and praise to his great name and to all his holy angels. May his great name rest on us. Praised be all the angels for ever and ever. 15He laid his scourge on me, and now, look, I see my son Tobias!’

Tobias went inside, rejoicing and praising God with all his might. He told his father about the success of his journey and the recovery of the money, and how he had married Raguel's daughter Sarah. ‘She is on her way,’ he said, ‘quite close to the city gate.’ 16Tobit went out joyfully to meet his daughter-in-law at the gate, praising God as he went. At the sight of him passing through the city in full vigour and walking without anyone to guide his steps, the people of Nineveh were amazed; 17and Tobit gave thanks to God before them all for his mercy in opening his eyes.

When he met Sarah, the wife of his son Tobias, he blessed her and said to her: ‘Come in, daughter, welcome! Praise be to God who has brought you to us. Blessings on your father and mother, and on my son Tobias, and blessings on you, my daughter. Come into your home, and may health, blessings, and joy be yours; come in, my daughter.’ For all the Jews in Nineveh it was a day of joy, 18and Ahikar and Nadab, Tobit's cousins, came to share his happiness. The joyful celebrations went on for a week, and many were the presents given to them.

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