Obrazy na stronie



dpocrypha. vault ; upon the waters hath he founded it. i 69 And they that consent unto them shali

60 In the desert haih he made springs of be had in derision and in reproach, and trod. water, and pools upon the tops of the moun- den under foot. tains, that the floods might pour down from 70 For there shall be in every place, and the high rocks to water the earth.

in the next cities, a great insurrection upon 61 He made man, and put his heart in the | those that fear the Lord. midst of the body, and gave him breath, life, 71 They shall be like madmen, sparing and understanding.

none, but still spoiling and destroying those 62 Yea, and the Spirit of Almighty God, that fear the Lord. which made all things, and searcheth out all 72 For they shall waste and take away hidden things in the secrets of the earth, their goods, and cast them out of their houses.

63 Surely he knoweth your inventions, | 73 Then shall they be known who are my and what ye think in your hearts, even them chosen; and they shall be tried as the gold in ahat sin, and would hide their sin.

the fire. 64 Therefore hath the Lord exactly search 74 Hear, Oye my beloved, saith the Lord : ed out all your works, and he will put you behold, the days of trouble are at band, but I all to shame.

will deliver you from the same. 65 And when your sins are brought forth, 75 Be ye not afraid, neither doubt ; for ye shall be ashamed before men, and your God is your guide, own sins shall be your accusers in that day. 1 76 And the guide of them who keep my

66 What will ye do? or how will ye hide commandments and precepts, saith the Lord your sins before God and his angels? God: let not your sins weigh you down, and

67 Behold, God himself is the judge, fear let not your iniquities lift up themselves. him : leave off from your sins, and forget 77 Woe be unto them that are bound your iniquities, to medále no more with them with their sins, and covered with their ini. for ever : so shall God lead you forth, and de-quities, like as a field is covered over with liver you from all trouble.

i bushes, and the path thereof covered with 68 for behold, the burning wrath of a thorns, that no man may travel through! great multitude is kindled over you, and they 78 It is left undrcased, and is cast into the shall take away certain of you, and feed you, fire to be consumed therewith. being idle, with things offered unto idols. wwwrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrin


6 But I alone went often to Jerusalem at i Tobit's descent and devotion in his youth, 9 bis the feasts, as it was ordained unto all the peomarriage, 10 and captivity : 13 bis preferment, | ple of Israel by an everlasting decree, having 16 bis alms and charity in burying the dead. ll the first fruits and tenths of increase, with THE book of the words of Tobit, son of that which was first shorn ; and them gave

1 Tobiel, the son of Ananiel, the son of I at the altar to the priests the children of Aduel, the son of Gabael, of the seed of Asa Aaron. el, of the tribe of Nephthali;

7 The first tenth part of all increase I 2 Who in the time of Enemessar king of gave to the sons of Aaron, who ministered the Assyrians was led captive out of Thisbe, at Jerusalem: another tenth part I sold away, which is at the right hand of that city, which and went, and spent it every year at Jerusalem: is called properly Nephthali in Galilee above || Aser.

it was meet, as Debora my father's mother 3 I Tobit have walked all the days of my had commanded me, because I was left an life in the way of truth and justice, and I did orphan by my father. many almsdeeds to my brethren, and my na II 9 G Furthermore, when I was come to the tion, who came with me to Nineve, into the age of a man, I married Anna of mine own land of the Assyrians.

kindred, and of her I begat Tobias.

in the land of Israel, being but young, all the captives to Nineve, all my brethren and those tribe of Nephthali my father fell from the that were of my kindred did eat of the bread house of Jerusalem, which was chosen out of the Gentiles. of all the tribes of Israel, that all the tribes 11 But I kept myself from eating; should sacrifice there, where the temple of the | 12 Because I remembered God with all my habitation of the Most High was consecrat- || heart. ed and built for all ages.

13 And the Most High gave me grace 5 Now all the tribes which together re- and favour before Enemessar, so that I was volted, and the house of my father Nephthali, his purveyor. sacrificed unto the heifer Baal.

14 And I went into Media, and left in


Apocrypbe. trust with Gabael, the brother of Gabrias, at | down of the sun I went and made a grave, Rages a city of Media ten talents of silver. and buried him.

15 Now when Enemessar was dead, Sen- 8 But my neighbours mocked me, and nacherib his son reigned in his stead; whose said, This man is not yet afraid to be put to estate was troubled, that I could not go into | death for this matter: who fled away; and Media.

yet lo, he burieth the dead again. 16 ( And in the time of Enemessar I gave 9 The same night also I returned from the many alms to my brethren, and gave my | burial, and slept by the wall of my courtbread to the hungry,

yard, being polluted, and my face was un17 And my clothes to the naked; and if | covered: I saw any of my nation dead, or cast about Il 10 And I knew not that there were spar. the walls of Nineve, I buried him.

rows in the wall, and mine eyes being open, 18 And if the king Sennacherib had slain | the sparrows muted warm dung into mine any, when he was come, and fled from Judea, eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes; and I buried them privily ; for in his wrath he I went to the physicians, but they helped me killed many ; but the bodies were not found, not: moreover, Achiacharus did nourish me, when they were sought for of the king. until I went into Elymais.

19 And when one of the Ninevites went 11 And my wife Anna did take women's and complained of me to the king, that I bu work to do. ried them, and hid myself ; understanding 12 And when she had sent them home to that I was sought for to be put to death, I || the owners, they paid her wages, and gave withdrew myself for fear.

her also besides a kid. 20 Then all my goods were forcibly taken 13 And when it was in my house, and beaway, neither was there any thing left me, gan to cry, I said unto her, From whence is besides my wife Anna and my son Tobias. this kido?' is it not stolen ? render it to the

21 And there passed not five and fifty days owners; for it is not lawful to cat any thing before two of his sons killed him, and they that is stolen. fled into the mountains of Ararath; and Sar 14 But she replied upon me, It was given chedonus his son reigned in his stead ; who for a gift more than the wages. Howbeit ! appointed over his father's accounts, and over did not believe her, but bade her render it to all his affairs, Achiacharus my brother Ana the owners : and I was abashed at her. But el's son.

she replied upon me, Where are thine alras 22 And Achiacharus entreating for me, I and thy righteous deeds ? behold, thou and returned to Nineve: now Achiacharus was all thy works are known. cupbearer, and keeper of the signet, and

CHAP. HII. steward, and overseer of the accounts : and i Tobit grieved with bis wife's taunts, prayeth. Sarchedonus appointed him next unto him : 11 Sara, reproacbed by ber fatber's maids, prayand he was my brother's son.

eth also. 17 An angel is sent to belp them boik. CHAP. II.

THEN I being grieved did weep, and in i Tobit lesveth bis meat to bury the dead, 10 and 1 my sorrow prayed, saying, becometh blind.

2 O Lord, thou art just, and all thy works MTOW when I was come home again, and and all thy ways are mercy and truth, and TV my wife Anna was restored unto me, || thou judgest truly and justly for ever. with my son Tobias, in the feast of Pentecost, ll 3 Remember me, and look on me, punish which is the holy feast of the seven weeks, || me not for my sins and ignorances, and the there was a good dinner prepared me, in the sins of my fathers, who have sinned before which I sat down to eat.

thee : 2 And when I saw abundance of meat, I 4 For they obeyed not thy commandsaid to my son, Go and bring what poor man ments : wherefore thou hast delivered us for soever thou shalt find out of our brethren, a spoil, and unto captivity, and unto death, who is mindful of the Lord; and lo, I tarry and for a proverb of reproach to all the nafor thee.

tions among whom we are dispersed. 3 But he came again, and said, Father, 5 And now thy judgments are many and one of our nation is strangled, and is cast out true : deal with me according to my sins in the market place.

and my fathers : because we have not kept 4 Then before I had tasted of any meat, I thy commandments, neither have walked in started up, and took him up into a room un truth before thee. til the going down of the sun.

6 Now therefore deal with me as seemeth 5 Then I returned, and washed myself, || best unto thee, and command my spirit to be and ate my meat in heaviness,

taken from me, that I may be dissolved, and 6 Remembering that prophecy of Amos, become earth : for it is profitable for me to as he said, Your feasts shall be turned into die rather than to live, because I have heard mourning, and all your mirth intolamentation. false reproaches, and have much sorrow :

7 Therefore I wept: and after the going command therefore that I may now be deliv

[ocr errors]



Apocrypha ered out of this distress, and go into the ever- || death ; wherefore do I not call for my son lasting place: turn not thy face away from me. | Tobias, that I may signify to him of the money

7 It came to pass the same day, that in || before I die ? Ecbatane a city of Media, Sara the daughter 3 And when he had called him, he said, of Raguel was also reproached by her father's | My son, when I am dead, bury me; and de

spise not thy mother, but honour her all the 8 Because that she had been married to || days of thy life, and do that which shall please seven husbands, whom Asmodeus the evil || her, and grieve her not. spirit had killed, before they had lien with 4 Remember, my son, that she saw many her. Dost thou not know, said they, that dangers for thec, zvben tbou wast in her womb; thou hast strangled thine husbands? thou || and when she is dead, bury her by me in one hast had already seven husbands, neither wast grave. thou named after any of them.

5 My son, be mindful of the Lord our God 9 Wherefore dost thou beat us for them ? || all thy days, and let not thy will be set to if they be dead, go thy ways after them, letsin, or to transgress his commandments : do us never see of thee either son or daughter. uprightly all thy life long, and follow not the

10 When she heard these things, she was ways of unrighteousness. very sorrowful, so that she thought to have 6 For if thou deal truly, thy doings shall strangled herself; and she said, I am the only prosperously succeed to thee, and to all them daughter of my father, and if I do this, it that live justly. shall be a reproach unto him, and I shall bring 7 Give alms of thy substance; and when his old age with sorrow unto the grave. ll thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious,

11 ( Then she prayed toward the win | neither turn thy face from any poor, and the dow, and said, Blessed art thou, O Lord my face of God shall not be turned away from God, and thine holy and glorious name is thee. blessed and honourable for ever: let all thy 8 If thou hast abundance, give alms acworks praise thee for ever.

cordingly : if thou have but a little, be not 12 And now, O Lord, I set mine eyes and afraid to give according to that little : my face toward thee,

9 For thou layest up a good treasure for '13 And say, Take me out of the earth, thyself against the day of necessity. that I may hear no more the reproach.

10 Because that almis do deliver from death, 14 Thou knowest, Lord, that I am pure and suffereth not to come into darkness. from all sin with man,

11 For alms is a good gift unto all that 15 And that I never polluted my name, give it in the sight of the Most High. nor the name of my father, in the land of my 12 Beware of all whoredom, my son, and captivity: I am the only daughter of my fa- chiefly take a wife of the seed of thy fathers, ther, neither hath he any child to be his heir, and take not a strange woman to wife, whichi ncither any near kinsman, nor any son of his is not of thy father's tribe : for we are the alive, to whom I may keep myself for a wife : children of the prophets, Noe, Abraham, my seven husbands are already dead; and Isaac, and Jacob : remember, my son, that why should I live? But if it please not thee our fathers from the beginning, even that that I should die, command some regard to they all married wives of their own kindred, be had of me, and pity taken of me, that I and were blessed in their children, and their hear no more reproach.

seed shall inherit the land. 16 So the prayers of them both were heard 13 Now therefore, my son, love thy brethbefore the majesty of the great God.

ren, and despise not in thy heart thy brethren, 17 9 And Raphael was sent to heal them ! the sons and daughters of thy people, in nof both, that is, to scale away the whiteness of taking a wife of them : for in pride is de'Tobit's eyes, and to give Sara the daughter struction and much trouble, and in lewdness of Raguel for a wife to Tobias the son of To- || is decay and great want : for lewdness is the bit ; and to bind Asmodeus the evil spirit ; || mother of famine., because she belonged to Tobias by right of 14 Let not the wages of any man, which inheritance. The selfsame time came Tobit || hath wrought for thee, tarry with thee, but home, and entered into his house, and Sara | give him it out of hand: for if thou serve the daughter of Raguel came down from her God, he will also repay thee: be circumspect, upper chamber.

my son, in all things thou doest, and be wise CHAP. IV.

in all thy conversation. 3 Tobit giveth instructions to his son Tobias, 20 1 5 Do that to no man which thou hatest :

and telleth bim of money left with Gabael in drink not wine to make thee drunken : nciMedia.

ther let drunkenness go with thee in thy TN that day Tobit remembered the money journey.

which he had committed to Gabael in Ra 16 Give of thy bread to the hungry, and ges of Media,

of thy garments to them that are naked; and 2 And said with himself, I have wished for according to thine abundance give alms; and

Caap. VI.

Apocrypia. let not thine eye be envious, when thou givestnathas, sons of that great Samaias, as we alms.

went together to Jerusalem to worship, and 17 Pour out thy bread on the burial of offered the first-born, and the tenths of the the just, but give nothing to the wicked. fruits; and they were not seduced with the

18 Ask counsel of all that are wise, and crror of our brethren: my brother, thou art despise not any counsel that is profitable. of a good stock.

19 Bless the Lord thy God always, and de 14 But tell me, what wages shall I give sire of him that thy ways may be directed, || thee? Wilt thou a drachm a day, and things and that all thy paths and counseis may pros. || necessary, as to mine own son ? per : for every nation hath not counsel; but 15 Yea, moreover, if ye return safe, I will the Lord himself giveth all good things, and add something to thy wages. he humbleth whom he will, as he will ; now 16 q So they were well pleased. Then therefore, my son, remember my command. said he to Tobias, Prepare thyself for the ments, neither let them be put out of thy mind. || journey, and God send you a good journey.

20. q And now I signify this to thee, that I | And when his son had prepared all things for committed ten talents to Gabael the son of | the journey, his father said, Go thou with Gabrias at Rages in Media.

this man, and God, which dwelleth in heaven, - 21 And fear not, my son, that we are made prosper your journey, and the angel of God poor: for thou hast much wealth, if thou fear | keep you company. So they went forth God, and depart from all sin, and do that both, and the young man's dog with them. which is pleasing in his sight.

17 | But Anna his mother wept, and said CHAP. V.

to Tobit, Why hast thou sent away our son ? 16 Tbe angel goeth with Tobias to Media : 17 |is he not the staff of our hand, in going in

bis mother grieved for bis departure. and out before us? TOBIAS then answered, and said, Father, 18 Be not greedy to add money to money,

1 I will do all things which thou hast com- but let it be as refuse in respect of our child. manded me :

19 For that which the Lord hath given 2 But how can I receive the money, seeing us to live with, doth suffice us. k now him not ?

20 Then said Tobit to her, Take no care, 3 Then he gave him the hand-writing, and my sister ; he shall return in safety, and thine said unto him, Seck thee a man which may eyes shall see him. go with thee, while I yet live, and I will give '21 For the good angel will keep him comhim wages : and go and receive the money. pany, and his journey shall be prosperous,

4 Therefore when he went to seek a man, and he shall return safe. he found Raphael that was an angel.

22 Then she made an end of weeping. 5 But he knew not; and he said unto him,

| CHAP. VI. Canst thou go with me to Rages ? and know- | 4 The angel biddetb Tobias to take the liver, heart, est thou those places well ?

and gall out of a fish, 16 and teacbetb boru 6 To whom the angel said, I will go with to drive the wicked spirit away. thee, and I know the way well : for I have 1 AND as they went on their journey, they lodged with our brother Gabael.

came in the evening to the river Tigris, 7 Then Tobias said unto him, Tarry for and they lodged there. me, till I tell my father.

2 And when the young man wert down 8 Then lie said unto him, Go, and tarry to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, not. So he went in and said to his father, Be. and would have devoured him. hold, I have found one which will go with me. 3 Then the angel said unto him, Take the Then he said, Call him unto me, that I may fish. And the young man laid hold of the know of what tribe he is, and whether he be fish, and drew it to land. a trusty man to go with thee.

4 To whom the angel said, Open the 9 So he called him, and he came in, and | fish, and take the heart and the liver and they saluted one another.

the gall, and put them up safely. io Then Tobit said unto him, Brother, 5 So the young man did as the angel coinshew me of what tribe and family thou art. manded him; and when they had roasted the

11 To whom he said, Dost thou seek for fish, they did eat it: then they both went on a tribe or family, or an hired man to go with their way, till they drew near to Ecbatane. thy son ? Then Tobit said unto him, I would 6 Then the young man said to the angel, know, brother, thy kindred and name. Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and

12 Then he said, I am Azarias, the son of the liver and the gall of the fish ? Ananias the great, and of thy brethren.

7 And he said unto him, Touching the 13 Then Tobit said, Thou art welcome. | heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit brother; be not now angry with me, because trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof I have inquired to know thy tribe and thy betore the man or the woman, and the party family; for thou art my brother, of an honest || shall be no more vexed. and good stock : for I know Ananias and Jo- 8 As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man



Howrspea. that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall! ? Then said Raguel to Edoa his wite How be healed.

1 like is this young man to Tobit my cousin ! 9 And when they were come near to Rages, '3 And Raguel asked them, from whence

10 The angel said to the young man, are ye, brethren? To whom they said, We Brother, to-day we shall lodge with Raguel, are of the sons of Nephthali, which are capwho is thy cousin ; he also hath one only tives in Nineve. daughter, named Sara ; I will speak for her, ! 4 Then he said to them, Do ye know Tothat she may be given thee tor a wife. bit our kinsman? And they said, We know

Il For to thee doth the right of her ap-him. Then said he, Is he in good health? pertain, seeing thou only art of her kindred. 5 And they said, He is both alive and in good

12 And the maid is fair and wise : now health : and Tobias said, He is my father. therefore hear me, and I will speak to her 6 Then Raguel leaped up, and kissed him, father; and when we return from Rages we and wept, will celebrate the marriage : for I know that 7 And blessed him, and said unto him Thou Raguel cannot marry her to another accord- art the son of an honest and good man : but ing to the law of Moses, but he shall be guil. when he had heard that Tobit was blind, he ty of death, because the right of inheritance was sorrowful, and wept. doth rather appertain to thee than to any 8 And likewise Edna his wife and Sara his other.

daughter wept. Moreover, they entertained 13 Then the young man answered the an- || them cheerfully; and after that they had killgel, I have heard, brother Azarias, that this ed a ram of the flock, they set store of meat maid hath been given to seven men, who all on the table. Then said Tobias to Raphael, died in the marriage chamber.

Brother Azarias, speak of those things of 14 And now I am the only son of my fa- which thou didst talk in the way, and let this ther, and I am afraid, lest, if I go in unto her, business be dispatched. I die, as the other before: for a wicked spirit

1 9 So he communicated the matter with loveth her, which hurteth no body, but those | Raguel : and Raguel said to Tobias, Eat and which come unto her: wherefore I also fear || drink, and make merry : lest I die, and bring my father's and my 10 For it is meet that thou shouldest marmother's life, because of me, to the grave with | ry my daughter : nevertheless, I will declare sorrow: for they have no other son to bury unto thee the truth. them.

11 I have given my daughter in marriage 15 Then the angel said unto him, Dost to seven men, who died that night they came thou not remember the precepts which thy in unto her : nevertheless for the present be father gave thee, that thou shouldest marry a merry. But Tobias said, I will eat nothing wife of thine own kindred ? wherefore hear here, till we agree and swear one to another. me, O my brother; for she shall be given thee 12 g Raguel said, Then take her from to wife; and make thou no reckoning of the henceforth according to the manner, for thou evil spirit; for this same night shall she be art her cousin, and she is thine, and the mergiven thee in marriage.

ciful God give you good success in all things. 16 And when thou shalt come into the 13 Then he called his daughter Sara, and marriage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes she came to her father, and he took her by of perfume, and shalt lay upon them some of the hand, and gave her to be wife to Tobias, the heart and liver of the fish, and shalt make Il saying, Behold, take her after the law of a smoke with it:

Moses, and lead her away to thy father. And 17 And the devil shall smell it, and feel he blessed them; away, and never come again any more : but 14 And called Edna his wife, and took when thou shalt come to her, rise up both of paper, and did writean instrument of covenants, you, and pray to God which is merciful, who and sealed it. will have pity on you, and save you : fear not, 15 Then they began to eat. for she is appointed unto thee from the begin. 16 After Raguel called his wife Edna, and ning ; and thou shalt preserve her, and she said unto her, Sister, prepare another chamshall go with thee. Moreover I suppose that | ber, and bring her in thither. she shall bear thee children. Now when | 17 g Which when she had done as he had Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, || bidden her, she brought her thither : and and his heart was effectually joined to her. she wept, and she received the tears of her CHAP. VII.

daughter, and said unto her, 12 Raquel giveth Tobias his daughter in marriage : 18 ( Be of good comfort, my daughter ;

17 she is conveyed to her chamber, and weepetb : | the Lord of heaven and earth give thee joy 18 ber mother comfortetb ber.

for this thy sorrow : be of good comfort, my AND when they were come to Ecbatane, || daughter. n they came to the house of Raguel, and

CHAP. VIII. Sara met them; and after they had saluted | 3 Tobias driveth the wicked spirit arvay : 4 be one another, she brought them into the house. Il and his wife rise up to pray.

« PoprzedniaDalej »