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10 Soothly when Tobias made tarrying for cause of his weddings, Tobit his father was heavied, or anguished, and he said to his wife, Why guessest thou, that my son tarrieth thus, either why he is withholden there? or he is held there thus long? [When forsooth Tobias made abidings by reason of the bridals, his father Tobit was stirred, saying, Weenest thou, why my son abideth, and why he is witholden there?]

Guesseth thou, whether Gabael is dead, and no man yieldeth to him the money?

Forsooth he began to be sorry full much, and Anna, his wife, with him; and both began to weep together, for that their son (re)turned not home again to them in (or on) the day set. [Forsooth he began to be sorry, and Anna, his wife, with him; and they began both to weep, for thy that the set day their son was not (re)turned again to them.]

Then his mother wept with tears without remedy [or with unremediable tears], and said, Alas to me! my son, why sent we thee to go (on) a pilgrimage, thou (who) art the light of our eyes, the staff[a] of our eld (age), the solace of our life, and the hope of our heirs, or after-comers?

We had all things together in thee alone, and we ought not to have let thee go (away) from us [or we should not (have) let thee go from us].

To whom Tobit said, Be still, and do not thou be troubled [or disturbed]; our son is whole and safe; for that man is faithful enough, with whom we sent him forth.

But his mother might not be comforted in any manner, but each day she went out, and looked about after (or for) him, and compassed all the ways, by which the hope of his again-coming (or his coming again) seemed to her, to see him coming (from) afar, if it might be done. [She forsooth no wise might take comfort, but each day starting out, beheld about, and went about all the ways, by which seemed hope of (him) turning again, that afar she might see him coming, if it might be so.]

And soothly Raguel said to (Tobias), the husband of his daughter, Dwell thou here, or Abide thou here with me, and I shall send a messenger to tell of thine health to Tobit, thy father. [But forsooth Raguel said to his son-in-law, Dwell here, and I shall send a messenger of health from thee to Tobit, thy father.]

To whom Tobias said, I know, that my father and my mother reckon now the days of mine absence from them [or I know, that my father and my mother now count the days], and their spirit is tormented in them.

10 And when Raguel had prayed Tobias with many words, and he would not hear Raguel, or consent to him by, or for, any reason, Raguel betook to him Sarah, and half the part of all his chattel, or of all his good(s), in servants, and damsels or handmaidens, in sheep and camels, and in kine, and in much money; and he delivered from himself Tobias safe and joying, and said, [And when with many words Raguel prayed Tobias, and he him by no reason would hear, he took to him Sarah, and the half part of all his substance, in children (or servants), in hand women, in beasts, in camels, and in kine, and much money; and safe and joying he let go him from him, saying,]

11 The holy angel of the Lord be in your way, and bring you sound home, [or and full bring you sound], (or The holy angel of the Lord be with you on your way, and bring you home safe and sound), and find ye all things rightfully [or right] about your father and your mother,

12 and mine eyes see your sons, before that I die. And (then) the father and mother took their daughter, and kissed her, and let her go forth with Tobias her husband,

13 and admonished her to honour the father and mother of her husband [or her father- and mother-in-law], and to love her husband, and to rule well her meine (or her household), and to govern wisely her house, and to show herself unreprovable (or beyond reproach).


  1. Tobit 10:4 For as a sick man is sustained by a staff, so father and mother in eld (age) owe (or ought) to be sustained of (or by) sons.