61So she stopped weeping.
The young man went out and the angel went with him; 2and the dog came out with him and went along with them. So they both journeyed along, and when the first night overtook them they camped by the Tigris river. 3Then the young man went down to wash his feet in the Tigris river. Suddenly a large fish leapt up from the water and tried to swallow the young mans foot, and he cried out. 4But the angel said to the young man, Catch hold of the fish and hang on to it! So the young man grasped the fish and drew it up on the land. 5Then the angel said to him, Cut open the fish and take out its gall, heart, and liver. Keep them with you, but throw away the intestines. For its gall, heart, and liver are useful as medicine. 6So after cutting open the fish the young man gathered together the gall, heart, and liver; then he roasted and ate some of the fish, and kept some to be salted.
The two continued on their way together until they were near Media.* 7Then the young man questioned the angel and said to him, Brother Azariah, what medicinal value is there in the fishs heart and liver, and in the gall? 8He replied, As for the fishs heart and liver, you must burn them to make a smoke in the presence of a man or woman afflicted by a demon or evil spirit, and every affliction will flee away and never remain with that person any longer. 9And as for the gall, anoint a persons eyes where white films have appeared on them; blow upon them, upon the white films, and the eyes* will be healed.
10 When he entered Media and already was approaching Ecbatana,* 11Raphael said to the young man, Brother Tobias. Here I am, he answered. Then Raphael* said to him, We must stay this night in the home of Raguel. He is your relative, and he has a daughter named Sarah. 12He has no male heir and no daughter except Sarah only, and you, as next of kin to her, have before all other men a hereditary claim on her. Also it is right for you to inherit her fathers possessions. Moreover, the girl is sensible, brave, and very beautiful, and her father is a good man. 13He continued, You have every right to take her in marriage. So listen to me, brother; tonight I will speak to her father about the girl, so that we may take her to be your bride. When we return from Rages we will celebrate her marriage. For I know that Raguel can by no means keep her from you or promise her to another man without incurring the penalty of death according to the decree of the book of Moses. Indeed he knows that you, rather than any other man, are entitled to marry his daughter. So now listen to me, brother, and tonight we shall speak concerning the girl and arrange her engagement to you. And when we return from Rages we will take her and bring her back with us to your house.
14 Then Tobias said in answer to Raphael, Brother Azariah, I have heard that she already has been married to seven husbands and that they died in the bridal chamber. On the night when they went in to her, they would die. I have heard people saying that it was a demon that killed them. 15It does not harm her, but it kills anyone who desires to approach her. So now, since I am the only son my father has, I am afraid that I may die and bring my fathers and mothers life down to their grave, grieving for meand they have no other son to bury them.
16 But Raphael* said to him, Do you not remember your fathers orders when he commanded you to take a wife from your fathers house? Now listen to me, brother, and say no more about this demon. Take her. I know that this very night she will be given to you in marriage.
17When you enter the bridal chamber, take some of the fishs liver and heart, and put them on the embers of the incense. An odour will be given off;
18the demon will smell it and flee, and will never be seen near her any more. Now when you are about to go to bed with her, both of you must first stand up and pray, imploring the Lord of heaven that mercy and safety may be granted to you. Do not be afraid, for she was set apart for you before the world was made. You will save her, and she will go with you. I presume that you will have children by her, and they will be as brothers to you. Now say no more! When Tobias heard the words of Raphael and learned that she was his kinswoman,* related through his fathers lineage, he loved her very much, and his heart was drawn to her.
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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