Bible - DRB
Tobias or Tobit Chapter
16 Then the angel Raphael said to him: Hear me, and I will
shew thee who they are, over whom the
devil can prevail.
17 For they who in such manner receive
matrimony, as to
shut out God from
themselves, and from their mind, and to give themselves to
their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not
understanding, over them the devil hath power.
18 But thou when thou shalt take her, go into the chamber,
and for three days
keep thyself continent from
her, and give thyself to nothing else but to prayers
19 And on that night lay the liver of the fish on the fire,
and the devil shall be driven away.
20 But the second night thou shalt be admitted into the
society of the holy Patriarchs.
21 And the third night thou shalt obtain a blessing that
sound children may be born of you.
22 And when the third night is past, thou shalt take the
virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for
love of children than for
lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayst obtain a
blessing in children.
Tobias 8:4-5, 9-10
4 Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and said to her: Sara,
arise, and let us pray to God to day, and to morrow, and the
next day: because for these
three nights we are joined to God: and when the third
night is over, we will be in our own wedlock.
5 For we are the children of saints, and we must not be
joined together like heathens that know not God.
9 And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do
I take my sister to wife, but only for the
love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed
for ever and ever.
10 Sara also said: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on
us, and let us grow old both together in health.
New American Bible
6:16-18 [verses 19-22 are omitted in NAB]
16 Raphael said to him: “Do you not remember your father’s
orders? He commanded you to marry a woman from your own
family. So now listen to me, brother; do not give another
thought to this demon, but marry Sarah. I know that tonight
you shall have her for your wife!
17 When you go into the bridal chamber, take the fish’s
liver and heart, and place them on the embers for the
18 As soon as the demon smells the odor they give off, he
will flee and never again show himself near her. Then when
you are about to have intercourse with her, both of you
first rise up to pray. Beg the Lord of heaven to show you
mercy and grant you deliverance. But do not be afraid, for
she was set apart for you before the world existed. You will
save her, and she will go with you. And I suppose that you
will have children by her, who will take the place of
brothers for you. So do not worry.” When Tobiah heard
Raphael say that she was his kinswoman, of his own family’s
lineage, he fell deeply in love with her, and his heart
became set on her.
Tobit 8:4-5, 7-9 [verses 7-9 in NAB correspond to 9-10 in
4 When the girl’s parents left the bedroom and closed the
door behind them, Tobiah arose from bed and said to his
wife, “My love, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have
mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.”
5 She got up, and they started to pray and beg that
deliverance might be theirs. He began with these words:
“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name
forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation
praise you forever. ...
7 Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not
because of lust, but for a
noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on
her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.” 8
They said together, “Amen, amen,” 9 and went to bed for the
night. But Raguel got up and summoned his servants. With him
they went out to dig a grave,