Tob 21In truth, after this, when there was a feast day of the Lord, and a good dinner had been prepared in the house of Tobit, 2he said to his son: “Go, and bring some others who fear God from our tribe to feast with us.” 3And after he had gone, returning, he reported to him that one of the sons of Israel, with his throat cut, was lying in the street. And immediately, he leapt from his place reclining at table, left behind his dinner, and went forth with fasting to the body. 4And taking it up, he carried it in secret to his house, so that, after the sun had set, he might bury him cautiously. 5And after he had hidden the body, he chewed his bread with mourning and fear, 6remembering the word that the Lord spoke through the prophet Amos: “Your feast days shall be turned into lamentation and mourning.” 7Truly, when the sun had set, he went out, and he buried him. 8Yet all his neighbors argued with him, saying: “Now, an order was given to execute you because of this matter, and you barely escaped a death sentence, and again you are burying the dead?” 9But Tobit, fearing God more than the king, stole away the bodies of the slain and concealed them in his house, and in the middle of the night, he buried them. 10But it happened one day, being tired from burying the dead, he came into his house, and he threw himself down next to the wall, and he slept. 11And, as he was sleeping, warm droppings from a swallow’s nest fell upon his eyes, and he was made blind. 12And so the Lord permitted this trial to befall him, in order that an example might be given to posterity of his patience, which is even like that of holy Job. 13For, even from his infancy, he had always feared God and kept his commandments, so he was not discouraged before God because of the scourge of blindness that had befallen him. 14But he remained immoveable in the fear of God, giving thanks to God all the days of his life. 15For just as kings have mocked blessed Job, so also his relatives and acquaintances ridiculed his life, saying: 16“Where is your hope, on behalf of which you gave alms and buried the dead?” 17In truth, Tobit corrected them, saying: “Do not speak in this way, 18for we are the sons of the holy ones, and we look forward to that life which God will give to those who never change in their faith before him.” 19In truth, his wife Anna went out to weaving work daily, and she brought back the provisions that she was able to obtain by the labor of her hands. 20Whereupon it happened that, having received a young goat, she brought it home. 21When her husband heard the sound of its bleating, he said, “Look, so that it might not be stolen, return it to its owners, for it is not lawful for us either to eat, or to touch, anything stolen.” 22At this, his wife, being angry, answered, “Clearly, your hope has become vanity, and the manner of your almsgiving has become apparent.” 23And with these and other similar such words, she reproached him.
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