Chapter 6


6:1 And as they went on their journey, they
came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there. 2 And when the
young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would
have devoured him. 3 Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young
man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land. 4 To whom the angel said, Open
the fish, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up
safely. 5 So the young man did as the angel commanded him; and when they had
roasted the fish, they did eat it: then they both went on their way, till they
drew near to Ecbatane.


6 Then the young man said to the angel,
Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gal of the
fish? 7 And he said unto him, Touching the heart and the liver, if a devil or
an evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the
woman, and the party shall be no more vexed. 8 As for the gall, it is good to
anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed.


9 And when they were come near to Rages, 10
The angel said to the young man, Brother, to day we shall lodge with Raguel,
who is thy cousin; he also hath one only daughter, named Sara; I will speak for
her, that she may be given thee for a wife. 11 For to thee doth the right of
her appertain, seeing thou only art of her kindred. 12 And the maid is fair and
wise: now therefore hear me, and I will speak to her father; and when we return
from Rages we will celebrate the marriage: for I know that Raguel cannot marry
her to another according to the law of Moses, but he shall be guilty of death,
because the right of inheritance doth rather appertain to thee than to any


13 Then the young man answered the angel, I
have heard, brother Azarias that this maid hath been given to seven men, who
all died in the marriage chamber. 14 And now I am the only son of my father,
and I am afraid, lest if I go in unto her, I die, as the other before: for a
wicked spirit loveth her, which hurteth no body, but those which come unto her;
wherefore I also fear lest I die, and bring my father’s and my mother’s life
because of me to the grave with sorrow: for they have no other son to bury


15 Then the angel said unto him, Dost thou
not remember the precepts which thy father gave thee, that thou shouldest marry
a wife of thine own kindred? wherefore hear me, O my brother; for she shall be
given thee to wife; and make thou no reckoning of the evil spirit; for this
same night shall she be given thee in marriage. 16 And when thou shalt come
into the marriage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes of perfume, and shalt lay
upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish, and shalt make a smoke with
it: 17 And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any
more: but when thou shalt come to her, rise up both of you, and pray to God
which is merciful, who will have pity on you, and save you: fear not, for she
is appointed unto thee from the beginning; and thou shalt preserve her, and she
shall go with thee. Moreover I suppose that she shall bear thee children. Now
when Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was effectually
joined to her.

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