Tobit 6

1 Now as they went on their journey, they came at eventide to the river Tigris, and they lodged there.

2 But the young man went down to wash himself, and a fish leaped out of the river, and would have swallowed up the young man.

3 But the angel said to him, Take hold on the fish. And the young man caught hold of the fish, and cast it up on the land.

4 And the angel said to him, Cut the fish open, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely.

5 And the young man did as the angel commanded him; but they roasted the fish, and ate it. And they both went on their way, till they drew near to Ecbatana.

6 And the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gall of the fish?

7 And he said to him, Touching the heart and the liver, if adevil or an evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shall be no more vexed.

8 But as for the gall,it is goodto anoint a man that has white films in his eyes, and he shall be healed.

9 But when they drew near to Rages,

10 the angel said to the young man, Brother, today we shall lodge with Raguel, and he is your kinsman; and he has an only daughter, named Sarah. I will speak for her, that she should be given you for a wife.

11 For to you does the inheritance of her appertain, and you only are of her kindred:

12 and the maid is fair and wise. And now hear me, and I will speak to her father; and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage: for I know that Raguel may in no wise marry her to another according to the law of Moses, or else he shall be liable to death, because it appertains to you to take the inheritance, rather than any other.

13 Then the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, I have heard that this maid has been given to seven men, and that they all perished in the bride-chamber.

14 And now I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid, lest I go in and die, even as those before me: for adevil loves her, which hurts no man, but those which come to her: and now I fear lest I die, and bring my father’s and my mother’s life to the grave with sorrow because of me: and they have no other son to bury them.

15 But the angel said to him, Do you not remember the words which your father commanded you, that you should take a wife of your own kindred? and now hear me, brother; for she shall be your wife; and make you no reckoning of the devil; for this night shall she be given you to wife.

16 Andwhen you shall come into the bride-chamber, you shall take the ashes of incense, and shall lay upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish, and shall make a smoketherewith:

17 and the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any more. But when you go near to her, rise up both of you, and cry to God which is merciful, and he shall save you, and have mercy on you. Fear not, for she was prepared for you from the beginning; and you shall save her, and she shall go with you. And I suppose that you shall have children of her. And when Tobias heard these things, he loved her, and his soul clave to her exceedingly.

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