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

Chapter 10

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1 DAY by day Tobit was keeping count of the time Tobias would take for his journey there and for his journey back. When the time was up and his son had not made his appearance, 2Tobit said: ‘Perhaps he has been detained there? Or perhaps Gabael is dead and there is no one to give him the money?’ 3And he grew anxious. 4Anna his wife said: ‘My child has perished. He is no longer in the land of the living.’ She began to weep, lamenting for her son: 5‘O my child, the light of my eyes, why did I let you go?’ 6Tobit said to her: ‘Hush! Do not worry, my dear; he is all right. Something has happened there to distract them. The man who went with him is one of our kinsmen and can be trusted. My dear, do not grieve for him; he will soon be back.’ 7‘Hush yourself!’ she retorted. ‘Do not try to deceive me. My child has perished.’ Each day she would rush out to keep watch on the road her son had taken, and would listen to no one; and when she came indoors at sunset she was unable to sleep, but lamented and wept the whole night long.

After the two weeks of wedding celebrations which Raguel had sworn to hold for his daughter came to an end, Tobias approached him. ‘Let me be on my way,’ he said, ‘for I am sure that my parents are thinking they will never see me again. I beg you, father, let me go home now to my father Tobit. I have already told you how I left him.’ 8Raguel replied: ‘Stay, my son, stay with me, and I shall send messengers to your father to explain matters to him.’ 9But Tobias insisted: ‘No, please let me go home to my father.’ 10Then without more ado Raguel handed over to Tobias Sarah his bride along with half of all that he possessed, male and female slaves, cattle and sheep, donkeys and camels, clothes, money, and household goods. 11He bade them farewell. Embracing Tobias he said: ‘Goodbye, my son, goodbye; a safe journey to you! May the Lord of heaven prosper you and Sarah your wife; and may I live to see your children.’ 12To his daughter Sarah he said: ‘Honour your husband's father and mother; they are now your parents as much as if you were their own child. Go in peace, my daughter; as long as I live I hope to hear nothing but good news of you.’ After bidding them both goodbye, he sent them on their way. Edna said to Tobias: ‘My very dear cousin, may the Lord bring you safely home, you and my daughter Sarah, and may I live long enough to see your children. In the sight of the Lord I entrust my daughter to your keeping; do nothing to cause her distress throughout your life. Go in peace, my son. From now on I am your mother and Sarah is your beloved wife. May we all be blessed with prosperity to the end of our days!’ She kissed them both goodbye and let them go.

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