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

Chapter 12

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1After the wedding celebrations were over, Tobit sent for Tobias. ‘My son,’ he said, ‘when you pay the man who went with you, see that you give him something extra, over and above his wages.’ 2Tobias asked: ‘How much shall I pay him, father? It would not hurt to give him half the money he and I brought back. 3He has kept me safe, cured my wife, helped me bring the money, and healed you. How much extra shall I pay him?’ 4Tobit replied, ‘It would be right, my son, for him to be given half of all that he has brought with him.’ 5So Tobias called him and said, ‘Half of all that you have brought with you is to be yours for your wages; take it, and may you fare well.’

6Then Raphael called them both aside and said to them: ‘Praise God, and in the presence of all living creatures thank him for the good he has done you, so that they may sing hymns of praise to his name. Proclaim to all the world what God has done; pay him honour and give him willing thanks. 7A king's secret ought to be kept, but the works of God should be publicly acknowledged. Acknowledge them, therefore, and pay him honour. Do good, and no evil will befall you. 8Better prayer with sincerity a 12:8 sincerity: or, in some texts, fasting. , and almsgiving with righteousness, than wealth with wickedness. Better give alms than hoard up gold. 9Almsgiving preserves from death and wipes out every sin. Givers of alms will enjoy long life; 10but sinners and wrongdoers are their own enemies.

11‘I will tell you the whole truth, hiding nothing from you. I have already made it clear to you that while a king's secret ought to be kept, the works of God should be glorified in public. 12Now Tobit, when you and Sarah prayed, it was I who brought your prayers to be remembered in the glorious presence of the Lord. 13So too when you buried the dead: that day when without hesitation you got up from your meal to go and bury the dead man, I was sent to test you. 14At the same time God sent me to cure both you and Sarah your daughter-in-law. 15I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in attendance on the Lord and enter his glorious presence.’

16Both of them were deeply shaken and prostrated themselves in fear. 17But he said to them: ‘Do not be afraid, peace be with you; praise God for ever. 18It is no thanks to me that I have been with you; it was the will of God. To him all your life long sing hymns of praise. 19Take note that I ate no food; what you saw was an apparition. 20And now praise the Lord, give thanks to God here on earth; I am about to ascend to him who sent me. Write down everything that has happened to you.’ 21He then ascended and, when they rose to their feet, was no longer to be seen. 22They sang hymns of praise to God, giving him thanks for the great deeds he had done when an angel of God appeared to them.

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a 12:8 sincerity: or, in some texts, fasting.

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