Chapter 2


Now when I was come home again, and my wife Anna was restored unto me, with my
son Tobias, in the feast of Pentecost, which is the holy feast of the seven
weeks, there was a good dinner prepared me, in the which I sat down to eat. 2
And when I saw abundance of meat, I said to my son, Go and bring what poor man
soever thou shalt find out of our brethren, who is mindful of the Lord; and,
lo, I tarry for thee.


But he came again, and said, Father, one of our nation is strangled, and is
cast out in the marketplace. 4 Then before I had tasted of any meat, I started
up, and took him up into a room until the going down of the sun. 5 Then I
returned, and washed myself, and ate my meat in heaviness, 6 Remembering that
prophecy of Amos, as he said, Your feasts shall be turned into mourning, and
all your mirth into lamentation. 7 Therefore I wept: and after the going down
of the sun I went and made a grave, and buried him. 8 But my neighbours mocked
me, and said, This man is not yet afraid to be put to death for this matter:
who fled away; and yet, lo, he burieth the dead again.


The same night also I returned from the burial, and slept by the wall of my
courtyard, being polluted and my face was uncovered: 10 And I knew not that there
were sparrows in the wall, and mine eyes being open, the sparrows muted warm
dung into mine eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes: and I went to the
physicians, but they helped me not: moreover Achiacharus did nourish me, until
I went into Elymais.


And my wife Anna did take women’s works to do. 12 And when she had sent them
home to the owners, they paid her wages, and gave her also besides a kid. 13
And when it was in my house, and began to cry, I said unto her, From whence is
this kid? is it not stolen? render it to the owners; for it is not lawful to
eat any thing that is stolen.


But she replied upon me, It was given for a gift more than the wages. Howbeit I
did not believe her, but bade her render it to the owners: and I was abashed at
her. But she replied upon me, Where are thine alms and thy righteous deeds?
behold, thou and all thy works are known.

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