8 (A)It is better to pray sincerely and to please God by helping the poor than to be rich and dishonest. What evidence[b] am I to give him so that he will recognize and trust me, and give me the money? The book of Tobit tells the story of Tobit and his family, who are living as exiles from Israel after the Assyrian conquest. Tobit, raised by his paternal grandmother, Deborah, remains loyal to the worship of God at the temple in Jerusalem, refusing the cult of the golden calves that Jeroboam, king of the northern kingdom of Israel, s… Is he not the staff of our hand as he goes in and out before us? Now I will reveal to you the full truth and keep nothing back. We shall leave in good health and return to you in good health, because the way is safe.” 17 So Tobit[o] said to him, “Blessings be upon you, brother.”, Then he called his son and said to him, “Son, prepare supplies for the journey and set out with your brother. And now twenty years have passed since I left this money in trust. Tobit then said to him, “Have a safe journey.”, 18 But his mother[p] began to weep, and said to Tobit, “Why is it that you have sent my child away? Tobit, morosely anticipating death, offers sagely advice to his son Tobias. Hearty welcome!”, 15 Then he added, “I will pay you a drachma a day as wages, as well as expenses for yourself and my son. This book tells the story of Tobit, a righteous Israelite of the tribe of Naphtali, living in Nineveh after Sargon II had deported the northern tribes of Israel to Assyria in 721 B.C. The dog qualifies. The Old Testament. Tobias catches an ugly but useful fish. 5 The angel said, 'Cut it open; take out gall, heart and liver; set these aside and throw the entrails away, for gall and heart and liver have curative properties.'. I wouldn't mind giving him half of everything we brought back with us. Tobias and the Angel borrows from the apocryphal Book of Tobit. 14 'Welcome and greetings, brother! Do not feel bitter toward me, brother, because I wanted to be sure about your ancestry. He replied, “Joyous greetings to you!” But Tobit retorted, “What joy is left for me any more? On the Way to Rages. CHAPTER 6. 9 (B)Such generosity will save you from death and will wash away all your sins. Raphael returns with Tobias and Sarah, and cures Tobit's blindness (10.1—11.18) The angel Raphael reveals who he is (12.1-22) Tobit praises God and gives advice to Tobias (13.1—14.15) New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. 13 On the day you got up from the table without eating your meal in order to bury that corpse, God sent me to test you. 12 (C)Tobit, when you and Sarah prayed to the Lord, I was the one who brought your prayers into his glorious presence. Never stop praising him. While still in Israel, Tobit … Tobit specifically mentions both legs of the journey (there and back), and the mysterious dog appears each time the friends hit the road. 2 Tobias asked him, Tobit suffered from blindness and poverty. The Book of Tobias, as it is called in the Latin Vulgate, is also known in the Greek Septuagint as the Book of Tobit, and serves as part of the Historical Books in the Latin Vulgate and Greek Septuagint Bible. This is a collection of ancient books that are separate from the bible as most of us know it, though the Apocrypha do appear in some versions of the Christian bible. The Book of Tobit (or Book of Tobias in older Catholic Bibles) is a book of scripture that is part of the Catholic and Orthodox biblical canon, pronounced canonical by the Council of Carthage of 397 and confirmed for Roman Catholics by the Council of Trent (1546). God deputes an angel to deal with the situation. 19 Do not heap money upon money, but let it be a ransom for our child. 15 (D)I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in the glorious presence of the Lord, ready to serve him. 2 Tobias asked him,    Father, how much do you think I should pay him? So go with my son, 16 and[m] I will add something to your wages.” Raphael[n] answered, “I will go with him; so do not fear. New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. For I knew Hananiah and Nathan,[k] the two sons of Shemeliah,[l] and they used to go with me to Jerusalem and worshiped with me there, and were not led astray. Although still alive, I am among the dead. Tobit sent his young son Tobias on an errand to a distant land to collect monies that were owed to him. What a coincidence. Tobit 12:15 Context. 3 He brought me back home safe and sound; he went to get the money for me from Gabael; he rid my wife of a demon; and he cured your blindness. So now, my son, find yourself a trustworthy man to go with you, and we will pay him wages until you return. Your kindred are good people; you come of good stock. 5 Then Tobias answered his father Tobit, “I will do everything that you have commanded me, father; 2 but how can I obtain the money[a] from him, since he does not know me and I do not know him? Tobit and Sarah both pray for death to end their suffering. Also, I do not know the roads to Media, or how to get there.” 3 Then Tobit answered his son Tobias, “He gave me his bond and I gave him my bond. 13 And when thou didst not delay to rise up, and leave thy dinner, to go and cover the dead, thy good deed was not hid from me: but I was with thee. Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society, Good News Translation (GNT). The Angel Raphael 5 Then Tobias answered his father Tobit, “I will do everything that you have commanded me, father; 2 but how can I obtain the money[a]from him, since he does not know me and I do not know him? It is better to give to the poor than to store up gold. Tobiah’s Return Journey to Nineveh and the Healing of Tobit (10:1–11:18) He well deserves that. Looking for a fundamental understanding of the Bible? God sent the Archangel Raphael – the winged figure on the left of the scene – to accompany Tobias and his dog. It turns out that you are a kinsman, and of good and noble lineage. I did the same thing each time you buried the dead. God hears his plight and his prayer and sends the angel Raphael to deliver him; and also to be guardian for his son Tobias as they travel on a mission. It is a journey of two days from Ecbatana to Rages; for it lies in a mountainous area, while Ecbatana is in the middle of the plain.” 7 Then Tobias said to him, “Wait for me, young man, until I go in and tell my father; for I do need you to travel with me, and I will pay you your wages.” 8 He replied, “All right, I will wait; but do not take too long.”, 9 So Tobias[g] went in to tell his father Tobit and said to him, “I have just found a man who is one of our own Israelite kindred!” He replied, “Call the man in, my son, so that I may learn about his family and to what tribe he belongs, and whether he is trustworthy enough to go with you.”, 10 Then Tobias went out and called him, and said, “Young man, my father is calling for you.” So he went in to him, and Tobit greeted him first. Son, be sure to pay your traveling companion, and don't forget to give him a bonus. 6 The boy cut the fish open and took out gall and heart and liver. Don't be afraid; everything is all right. Do not fear for them, my sister. You have earned it; have a safe journey home. Always remember to praise God. The subject of this painting comes from the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which tells the story of Tobit, an Israelite living in Assyrian Ninevah. It is not found in Protestant or Jewish biblical canons. Now I must go back to him who sent me. 20 For the life that is given to us by the Lord is enough for us.” 21 Tobit[q] said to her, “Do not worry; our child will leave in good health and return to us in good health. As he started on his journey Tobias was met by the angel, Raphael, disguised as a man named, Azarias. Let everyone know what God has done. It is one of the most delightful books of Hebrew Scripture, the Old Testament of our Bible. The Book of Tobias, as it is called in the Latin Vulgate Bible, is also known as the Book of Tobit. Tell me, brother.” 12 He replied, “Why do you need to know my tribe?” But Tobit[j] said, “I want to be sure, brother, whose son you are and what your name is.” 13 He replied, “I am Azariah, the son of the great Hananiah, one of your relatives.” 14 Then Tobit said to him, “Welcome! Raphael was also ordered to expel the demon Asmodeus from Sarah. 5 Tobias[e] said to him, “Where do you come from, young man?” “From your kindred, the Israelites,” he replied, “and I have come here to work.” Then Tobias[f] said to him, “Do you know the way to go to Media?” 6 “Yes,” he replied, “I have been there many times; I am acquainted with it and know all the roads. Will you tell me, brother?' Everything the angel predicts happens: Tobias marries Sarah, who is freed from demonic influence; the angel collects the money in Rages and returns with the young married couple to Nineveh, where Tobit miraculously recovers his sight. 12 'What does my tribe matter to you?' Tobias and the Angel, by Filippino Lippi. * 3 When the young man went down to wash his feet in the Tigris River, a large fish leaped out of the water and tried to swallow his foot. The Book of Tobit Chapter 1. I have often traveled to Media, and would stay with our kinsman Gabael who lives in Rages of Media. NRSV LIVE Bible for Teens, Catholic Edition, NRSV Catholic Edition Audio Bible: Ezra (Voice Only) [Download], NRSV Catholic Prayer Bible, Lectio Divina Edition, The Pentateuch: The NRSV Saint John's Bible - Slightly Imperfect, NRSV Catholic Edition Audio Bible: Zechariah & Malachi (Voice Only) [Download], The Catholic Family Bible, (RSV) Ivory Hardcover - Imperfectly Imprinted Bibles. Write down everything that has happened to you. Say no more! 5 Tobias then called Raphael and said to him,    Here is half of what you helped me bring back. 19 When you thought you saw me eating, I did not really eat anything; it only seemed so. May God in heaven bring you safely there and return you in good health to me; and may his angel, my son, accompany you both for your safety.”, Before he went out to start his journey, he kissed his father and mother. Don't be afraid; everything is all right. Sign up here! It’s a great story on the ancient theme of The Grateful Dead. THE BOOK OF TOBIAS This Book takes its name from the holy man Tobias, whose wonderful virtues are herein recorded. 16 Tobit and Tobias were terrified and fell to the ground, trembling with fear. 12 Now therefore, when thou didst pray, and Sara thy daughter in law, I did bring the remembrance of your prayers before the Holy One: and when thou didst bury the dead, I was with thee likewise. The father is called Tobit – Τωβßτ in the Greek Septuagint and his son is named Tobias – Τωβßας. I wouldn't mind giving him half of everything we brought back with us. Here is half of what you helped me bring back. I[c] divided his in two; we each took one part, and I put one with the money. 21 Then Raphael disappeared into the sky. After the division of … If you do good, no harm will come to you. Tobit, also called The Book Of Tobias, apocryphal work (noncanonical for Jews and Protestants) that found its way into the Roman Catholic canon via the Septuagint. Their land allotment lay NW of the Sea of Galilee. The Book of Tobit describes how Raphael directs Tobias to use an ointment made from a fish to heal his father Tobit's blindness and how Raphael guides Tobias to scare away the demon that had been tormenting Sarah. Tobit and Tobias stood up, but they could no longer see him. Tobias and the Angel is a story from the Book of Tobit, which is comes from a part of the Old Testament known as 'The Apocrypha'. Through a series of events, Tobit goes blind and sends his son on a journey accompanied by the angel Raphael disguised as a human. Always remember to praise God. The boy mastered the fish and pulled it onto the bank. Used by permission. The Book of Tobit is set among oppressed Jews within a hostile culture and under a government hostile to their religious law. In it, a recently blinded Tobit, and a young woman Sarah plagued by the demon Asmodeus, are saved through God’s sending of the angel Raphael. He was sent to remove the white film from Tobit's eyes, so that he could see again, and to arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit's son Tobias, who, as her cousin, had the right to marry her. Both names, Tobit and Tobias (sometimes written Tobiah), mean “Yahweh is my good.” Tobit was the son of Tobiel, which also means “Yahweh is my good.” He was a native of Thisbe in Naphtali. Tobias of the tribe and city of Nephtali, (which is in the upper parts of Galilee above Naasson, beyond the way that leadeth to the west, having on the right hand the city of Sephet,) 2. Raphael is an angel, yes, but what angel accompanies him in accordance with Tobit's promised blessing? van Amersfoort 1630. Tobias was the only child of a blind, holy man, named Tobit, and his wife, Anna. Tobit said, 'I want to be quite sure whose son you are and what your name is.' When he was made captive in the days of Salmanasar king of the Assyrians, even in his captivity, forsook not the way of truth, 3. 18 He wanted me to come and help you; I did not come on my own. Father, how much do you think I should pay him? What evidence[b]am I to give him so … He well deserves that. 13 The angel said, 'I am Azarias, son of the great Ananias, one of your kinsmen.' This could seem to be a lie, since he is an angel and not a man, nor is he the son of any man. A young man, Tobias, is captured walking arm in arm with Archangel Raphael, who strikes out owing to his wings and halo, while a small dog also accompanies them along their path. He went out and found the angel Raphael standing in front of him; but he did not perceive that he was an angel of God. The Book of Tobit, also referred to as Tobias, believed to have been written early in the second century B.C., recounts the story of a man named Tobit and his family exiled to living in Nineveh shortly after the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C. Both journeyed along, and when the first night came, they camped beside the Tigris River. 11 Tobit said, 'Brother, what family and what tribe do you belong to? 20 While you are on this earth, you must praise the Lord God and give him thanks. Raphael returns with Tobias and Sarah, and cures Tobit's blindness 10.1—11.18 The angel Raphael reveals who he is 12.1–22 Tobit praises God and gives advice to Tobias 13.1—14.15 4 Tobit answered,    Give him half of what he helped you bring back. In the two Greek versions, the first two and a half chapters are written in the first person; in the Vulgate version, they are written in the third person. The angel Raphael, diguised as Azariah, offers his services for Tobias' journey and they set forth (with Tobias' dog). On his journey, the son Tobias meets Sarah, who is afflicted by a demon. 14 But he also sent me to cure you and to rescue your daughter-in-law, Sarah, from her troubles. So sing God's praises as long as you live. Another coincidence that occurred in the first reading from the book of Tobit today is found in the last sentence of the last verse, At the same time that Tobit returned from the courtyard into his house, Sarah daughter of Raguel came down from her upper room”. Those who give to the poor will live full lives, 10 but those who live a life of sin and wickedness are their own worst enemies. Tobias and the Angel Curing Tobit of Blindness Simon Henrixz. Your eyes will see him on the day when he returns to you in good health. The first reading from the book of Tobit and the Gospel both tell us about seven husbands today. By chapter 12, Tobias still thinks that the wise and mysterious stranger accompanying him on his journey is a man. In-depth The blind old man Tobit, a merchant and devout Jew, sent his son, Tobias, on a long journey to collect a debt. 22 They began to sing hymns of praise, giving thanks for all the mighty deeds God had done while his angel Raphael had been with them. The Book of Tobit (Tobias). 7 It's a good idea to keep a king's secret, but what God does should be told everywhere, so that he may be praised and honored. I hear people but I cannot see them.” But the young man[h] said, “Take courage; the time is near for God to heal you; take courage.” Then Tobit said to him, “My son Tobias wishes to go to Media. The scene represents the story of Tobias and the angel Raphael; main characters featured in the apocryphal book of Tobit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tobias and the Angel is the title given to paintings and other artworks depicting a scene in which Tobias, son of Tobit, meets an angel without realising he is an angel (Book of Tobit, 5.5-6) and is then instructed by the angel what to do with a giant fish he catches (Book of Tobit, 6.2-9), including: When Tobit (aka Tobias, the father) asks the archangel for his name and family of origin, St. Raphael states, I am Azarias the son of the great Ananias. 2 When the young man left home, accompanied by the angel, the dog followed Tobiah out and went along with them. All rights reserved. 22 For a good angel will accompany him; his journey will be successful, and he will come back in good health.”. 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