Tobias 7

16 After Raguel called his wife Edna, and said unto her, Sister, prepare another chamber, and bring her in thither.

17 Which when she had done as he had bidden her, she brought her thither: and she wept, and she received the tears of her daughter, and said unto her,

18 Be of good comfort, my daughter; the Lord of heaven and earth give thee joy for this thy sorrow: be of good comfort, my daughter.

Why is Sarah crying?

Is it because she doesn’t want to get married? She doesn’t like Tobias? Or she’s afraid of killing him?

Tobias 6

13 Then the young man answered the angel, I have heard, brother Azarias that this maid hath been given to seven men, who all died in the marriage chamber.

14 And now I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid, lest if I go in unto her, I die, as the other before: for a wicked spirit loveth her, which hurteth no body, but those which come unto her; wherefore I also fear lest I die, and bring my father’s and my mother’s life because of me to the grave with sorrow: for they have no other son to bury them.

15 Then the angel said unto him, Dost thou not remember the precepts which thy father gave thee, that thou shouldest marry a wife of thine own kindred? wherefore hear me, O my brother; for she shall be given thee to wife; and make thou no reckoning of the evil spirit; for this same night shall she be given thee in marriage.

16 And when thou shalt come into the marriage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes of perfume, and shalt lay upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish, and shalt make a smoke with it:

17 And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any more: but when thou shalt come to her, rise up both of you, and pray to God which is merciful, who will have pity on you, and save you: fear not, for she is appointed unto thee from the beginning; and thou shalt preserve her, and she shall go with thee. Moreover I suppose that she shall bear thee children. Now when Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was effectually joined to her.

Tobias gets cold feet when learning of his impending marriage to Sara. “Seven men have died in her bedchamber!”

“Have no fear,” Azarias (i.e. Raphael) the angel says. Smoke some of these fish organs and the devil will flee.

Tobias 3

Tobit prays:

LORD, do not punish me for my sins of ignorance, nor the sins of my fathers,

But deal with me according to my sins and my fathers’ sins because we have not walked in your commandments.

I’m not sure how to parse this.

Also, there’s a woman named Sara who has had seven husbands and slept with none of them – they all died before consummating the marrige. She is accused of strangling her husbands. She thinks it is better for her to die, but the angel Raphael leads her to Tobias, Tobit’s son, and she marries him. Raphael also heals Tobit’s eyes from the sparrow poop.


Tobias 2

Tobit is ready to eat the feast of Pentacost. He urges his son to go out and find a poor person to share their meal. His son finds a dead man instead, which makes Tobit sad. The next morning he buries the dead person and then sleeps outside as he is unclean. During the night some sparrows poop in his eyes and he goes blind. His wife has to work to bring in money for food.