1 When they arrived in Ecbatana To bias said to Raphael, “Friend Aza rias, take me straightaway to our friend Ragouel.” So Raphael led Tobias to Ra gouel’s house and they found Ragouel sitting by the door of the courtyard.
2 Ragouel said to his wife, Edna, “This young man is very like my cousin Tobit!” 3 Ed na questioned them, “Where have you come from, my friends?” They replied, “We are of the sons of Naphtali who live as exiles in Nineveh.” 4 She asked them, “Do you know my kinsman, Tobit?” 5 They said, “Yes, we know him.” She continued, “Is he in good health?” Then Tobias said, “Tobit is my father.”
6 Ragouel ran towards him and covered him with kisses, then in tears he blessed Tobias and said to him, “Bless ings on you, you are the son of a good and worthy man!” 7 When he learned that Tobit had lost his sight he grieved and wept. “What a misfortune that a man who is so just and generous should become blind!” 8 His wife Edna and his daughter Sara wept also and they received Tobias and Raphael with great kind ness. 9 They killed a sheep and served them numerous dishes.
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9 After they had bathed and washed, as they were relaxing before the meal, Tobias said to Raphael, “Friend Azarias, tell Ragouel to give me Sara my kins woman. Talk about what you were saying during our journey, that the matter may come about and be accom plished.” 10 Ragouel overheard the conversation and he said to Tobias, “Eat, drink and be merry tonight. You are the man who has most right to take Sara my daughter because you are my kinsman. Indeed it is impossible for me to give her to any other man but you, because you are my closest relative. But, my son, I must tell you the whole story. 11 I gave her to seven husbands from among our kinsmen. They each died on the wedding night. But, for the moment, my son, eat and drink and the Lord will arrange things for you.”
11 Tobias said, “I shall eat nothing if you do not stop now and bring this matter to a conclusion.” Ragouel said to Tobias, “Take her from now on; I give her to you according to the Law of Moses and you have to understand that God himself gives her to you. Receive your kins woman, from now on you are her brother and she is your sister. She is yours from today and forever. Now God will bless you this night and may he give you both his mercy and peace.”
12 He called his daughter Sara and taking her by the hand, he gave her to Tobias as his wife. He said, “According to Moses’ Law, take her now and bring her to your father’s house.” And he blessed them. 13 Ragouel then called Edna his wife; taking a sheet of parchment, he wrote down a matrimonial contract and they both affixed their seals. 14 Then they all began to eat. 15 Ragouel called his wife and said to her “My sister, prepare the other room and take Sara there.” 16 Edna did as Ragouel told her and she took Sara to this room and Sara began to cry. Edna dried her daughter’s tears and said, 17 “Have courage, my child, the God of hea ven and earth will change your sorrow into joy. Have confidence, my daughter!”