Prayer of Tobit
1 Distressed, I wept and prayed and expressing my sorrow, I said, 2 “You are just, O Lord; all your actions and all your ways are merciful and just; your judgments are always true and just. 3 Remember me, Lord, and look on me. Do not punish me for my sins nor for the wrongs I have committed through ignorance. Pardon the sins which my fathers have committed in your sight, 4 for they disobeyed your commandments. You have allowed us to suf fer pillage, captivity and death. You have allowed us to be mocked by all the pagan nations among whom we have been dispersed. 5 Ah well! All your judgments are just when you choose to punish me for my sins and those of my fathers, because we have not accomplished your will, nor have we sincerely obeyed your commands. We have not walked before you in truth.
6 Do with me as you will. Order my life taken from me, and turn me into dust, because I prefer death to life. In this way free me and let me return to dust. It is better for me to die than to live, because these unjust reproaches have caused me great distress. Com mand that I be now released from trials, and let me enter my eternal dwelling place. Do not turn your face away from me.”
7 That same day, at Ecbatana in Media, Sara, the daughter of Ragouel, was insulted in a similar way by her father’s young maidservants. 8 Sara had had seven husbands, but the demon As modeus had killed each one of them before the marriage had been consummated. The maidservants said, “It was you who killed your husbands. You have had seven hus bands and you have not enjoyed marital relationship with any of them. 9 Why do you punish us? Since they are dead, go and join them. May we never see a son or daughter of yours!”
10 That same day Sara was so distressed in mind that she went to the upper room in her father’s house. She wished to hang herself. But she thought better of it and said: “If people ever reproached my father and said to him: ‘You had an only daughter whom you cherished and she hanged herself be cause she was unhappy,’ I would cause my father in his old age to die of grief. It is better for me not to hang myself but to ask the Lord that I may die and not live to hear any more insults.”
11 At that moment she stretched forth her hands towards the win dow and prayed, saying, “You are blessed, O Lord my God, and blessed is your holy and glorious Name through out the ages. May all your works praise you forever. 12 Lord I have turned my eyes and my face to wards you. 13 Command that I be set free from the earth and that I may hear no more insults. 14 You know, O Lord, that I am pure of all con tact with man; 15 that I have not defiled my name, nor my father’s name in the country of my captivity. I am my father’s only daughter. He has no other son or daughter who can inherit from him, neither has he a close relative who can be given to me as a husband. So, after my seven husbands are dead, I have no one to live for. If it does not seem good to you, O Lord, that I should die, command that people will respect me and have pity on me and that I may hear no more insults.”
16 The Lord in his glory heard the prayer of Tobit and of Sara 17 and he sent Raphael to heal them both – to give back his sight to Tobit and to give Sara, the daughter of Ragouel, to Tobit’s son To bias, as his wife. Also, Raphael would enchain the wicked demon Asmodeus so that Sara would be the wife of Tobias.
17 At the same time Tobit, who had gone for a short walk, returned to the house; and Sara, the daughter of Ragouel, came down from the upper room.