· Old Testament 

The Book of Tobias

  Chapter 7  

7:1 And they went in to Raguel, and Raguel received them with joy.

7:2 And Raguel looking upon Tobias, said to Anna his wife: How like is this young man to my cousin?

7:3 And when he had spoken these words, he said: Whence are ye young men our brethren?

7:4 But they said: We are of the tribe of Nephtali, of the captivity of Ninive.

7:5 And Raguel said to them: Do you know Tobias my brother? And they said: We know him.

7:6 And when he was speaking many good things of him, the angel said to Raguel: Tobias concerning whom thou inquirest is this young man's father.

7:7 And Raguel went to him, and kissed him with tears and weeping upon his neck, said: A blessing be upon thee, my son, because thou art the son of a good and most virtuous man.

7:8 And Anna his wife, and Sara their daughter wept.

7:9 And after they had spoken, Raguel commanded a sheep to be killed, and a feast to be prepared. And when he desired them to sit down to dinner,

7:10 Tobias said: I will not eat nor drink here this day, unless thou first grant me my petition, and promise to give me Sara thy daughter.

7:11 Now when Raguel heard this he was afraid, knowing what had happened to those seven husbands, that went in unto her: and he began to fear lest it might happen to him also in like manner: and as he was in suspense, and gave no answer to his petition,

7:12 The angel said to him: Be not afraid to give her to this man, for to him who feareth God is thy daughter due to be his wife: therefore another could not have her.

7:13 Then Raguel said: I doubt not but God hath regarded my prayers and tears in his sight.

7:14 And I believe he hath therefore made you come to me, that this maid might be married to one of her own kindred, according to the law of Moses: and now doubt not but I will give her to thee.

7:15 And taking the right hand of his daughter, he gave it into the right hand of Tobias, saying: The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you, and may he join you together, and fulfil his blessing in you.

7:16 And taking paper they made a writing of the marriage.

7:17 And afterwards they made merry, blessing God.

7:18 And Raguel called to him Anna his wife, and bade her to prepare another chamber.

7:19 And she brought Sara her daughter in thither, and she wept.

7:20 And she said to her: Be of good cheer, my daughter: the Lord of heaven give thee joy for the trouble thou hast undergone.