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Tobit 12Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

12 Then Tobit called to him his son (Tobias), and said to him, What may we give to this holy man, that came with thee?

And Tobias answered, and said to his father, Father, what meed (or what reward) shall we give to him, either what thing may be worthy to (or for) his benefices, [or his benefits], or his goodnesses?

He led me forth, and brought me (back) whole again/and he hath brought me again whole; and he received of (or from) Gabael the money that he owed to thee; and he made me to have a wife, and he drove away the fiend [or the devil] from her; he made joy to (or for) her father and mother; he delivered me from the devouring of a fish; and he made thee to see the light of heaven; and we be full-filled with all goods by him; what thing worthy to these things may we give to him?

But, father, I ask thee [or But I ask thee, father], that is, I beseech thee, that thou pray him, if peradventure he shall vouchsafe to take to him (or for himself) the half part of all (the) things, whatever things be brought hither.

And the father and the son called him, (that is, Raphael the angel), and took him asides half, and they began to pray him, that he would vouchsafe to have acceptable the half part of all (the) things, which they had brought thither.

Then Raphael said to them privily, Bless ye God of heaven, and acknowledge ye to him before all men living, [or before all things living], (or before all those who live), for he hath done his mercy with you.

For it is good to hide the private (or the secret) of an earthly king; but it is worshipful to show and acknowledge the works of God.

Prayer is good with fasting, and with alms-[deeds], more than to hide treasures of gold;

for why alms-[deeds] delivereth from death, and those alms(-deeds) it is that purgeth sins, and maketh man to find everlasting life.

10 Forsooth they that do sin and wickedness, be enemies of their (own) soul.

11 Therefore I (shall) show (or I shall tell) (the) truth to you, and I shall not hide from you a privy word. [Then I (shall) open to you the truth, and shall not hide from you the privy word.]

12 When thou, Tobit, prayedest with tears, and buriedest dead men, and leftist thy meat (or thy meal), and hidest those dead men by day in thine house, and buriedest them in the night, I offered thy prayers[a] to the Lord. [When thou prayedest with tears, and thou buriedest the dead, and leftist the meat, and the dead by day thou hidest in thine house, and in the night thou buriedest, I offered thine orison to the Lord.]

13 And for thou were acceptable to the Lord, it was needful that temptation should prove thee. (And in order for thou to be acceptable to, or accepted by, God, it was necessary that thou should be assayed, or tried, through temptation.) [And for thou were accepted to (or by) the Lord, it was needful that temptation should prove thee.]

14 And now (or And so) the Lord sent me for to cure thee, and to deliver Sarah, the wife of thy son, from the fiend. [And now the Lord sent me, (so) that I should heal thee, and Sarah, the wife of thy son, from the devil deliver.]

15 For I am Raphael, the angel, one of the seven that be present before the Lord. [I forsooth am Raphael, (an) angel, one of the seven that stand before the Lord.]

16 And when they had heard this, they were disturbed, or troubled, that is, they wondered and were astonied (or were astonished), and they fell down trembling upon their face(s).

17 And the angel said to them, Peace be to you, do not ye dread;

18 for when I was with you, I was (there) by God’s will [or I was (there) by the will of God]. Therefore bless ye him, and sing ye to him.

19 Certainly I seemed to eat and to drink with you; but I use invisible meat, and drink that may not be seen of (or by) men.

20 Therefore it is time, that I (re)turn again to him, that sent me; but bless ye God, and tell ye out all his marvels; bless ye him, and sing ye to him.

21 And when he had said these things, he was taken away from their sight; and they might no more see him. [And when these things he had said, he is borne away from the eyes of them; and they might see him no more.]

22 Then they felled down upon their face(s) the space of three hours, and they blessed God; and (then) they rising up, told (out) all his marvels (to everyone).


  1. Tobit 12:12 For angels offer to God the prayers of just men; they be spirits of service sent into service, for them that take the heritage of health (or who receive the inheritance of deliverance); to (or see) (the Book of) Hebrews, in the first Chapter.

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