1This book tells the story of Tobit son of Tobiel son of Hananiel son of Aduel son of Gabael son of Raphael of the descendants* of Asiel, of the tribe of Naphtali, 2who in the days of King Shalmaneser* of the Assyrians was taken into captivity from Thisbe, which is to the south of Kedesh Naphtali in Upper Galilee, above Asher towards the west, and north of Phogor.
2Then during the reign of Esar-haddon* I returned home, and my wife Anna and my son Tobias were restored to me. At our festival of Pentecost, which is the sacred festival of weeks, a good dinner was prepared for me and I reclined to eat.
2When the table was set for me and an abundance of food placed before me, I said to my son Tobias, Go, my child, and bring whatever poor person you may find of our people among the exiles in Nineveh, who is wholeheartedly mindful of God,* and he shall eat together with me. I will wait for you, until you come back.
3So Tobias went to look for some poor person of our people. When he had returned he said, Father! And I replied, Here I am, my child. Then he went on to say, Look, father, one of our own people has been murdered and thrown into the market-place, and now he lies there strangled.
4Then I sprang up, left the dinner before even tasting it, and removed the body* from the square* and laid it* in one of the rooms until sunset when I might bury it.*
5When I returned, I washed myself and ate my food in sorrow.
6Then I remembered the prophecy of Amos, how he said against Bethel,*
Your festivals shall be turned into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation.
And I wept.
7 When the sun had set, I went and dug a grave and buried him. 8And my neighbours laughed and said, Is he still not afraid? He has already been hunted down to be put to death for doing this, and he ran away; yet here he is again burying the dead!
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice,* even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faithbeing more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by firemay be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen* him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
12Then he began to speak to them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
2When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard.
3But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
4And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted.
5Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed.
6He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, They will respect my son.
7But those tenants said to one another, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.
8So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
10Have you not read this scripture:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;*
11 this was the Lords doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes?
12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.
1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
Who may rest upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads an uncorrupt life
and does the thing that is right;
3 Who speaks the truth from the heart
and bears no deceit on the tongue;
4 Who does no evil to a friend
and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
5 In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed,
but who honours those who fear the Lord.
6 Whoever has sworn to a neighbour
and never goes back on that word;
7 Who does not lend money in hope of gain,
nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
8 Whoever does these things
shall never fall.
1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honour and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practise it* have a good understanding.
His praise endures for ever.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011