Bible Text & Cross-references:
Young Tobias seeking a guide for his journey, the angel Raphael,
in shape of a man, undertaketh this office.
1 Then Tobias answered his father, and said: I will do all things, father,
which thou hast commanded me.
2 But how I shall get this money, I cannot tell: he knoweth not me, and
I know not him: what token shall I give him? nor did I ever know the way which leadeth thither.
3 Then his father answered him, and said: I have a note of his hand with
me, which when thou shalt shew him, he will presently pay it.
4 But go now, and seek thee out some faithful man, to go with thee for
his hire: that thou mayst receive it, while I yet live.
5 Then Tobias going forth, found a beautiful young man, standing girded,
and as it were ready to walk.
6 And not knowing that he was an angel of God, he saluted him, and said:
From whence art thou, good young man?
7 But he answered: Of the children of Israel. And Tobias said to him: Knowest
thou the way that leadeth to the country of the Medes?
8 And he answered: I know it: and I have often walked through all the ways
thereof, and I have abode with Gabelus, our brother, who dwelleth at Rages, a city of the Medes, which is situate in the mount
9 And Tobias said to him: Stay for me, I beseech thee, till I tell these
same things to my father.
10 Then Tobias going in, told all these things to his father. Upon which
his father being in admiration, desired that he would come in unto him.
11 So going in, he saluted him, and said: Joy be to thee always.
12 And Tobias said: What manner of joy shall be to me, who sit in darkness,
and see not the light of heaven?
13 And the young man said to him: Be of good courage, thy cure from God
is at hand.
14 And Tobias said to him: Canst thou conduct my son to Gabelus, at Rages,
a city of the Medes? and when thou shalt return, I will pay thee thy hire.
15 And the angel said to him: I will conduct him thither, and bring him
back to thee.
16 And Tobias said to him: I pray thee, tell me, of what family, or what
tribe art thou?
17 And Raphael, the angel, answered: Dost thou seek the family of him thou
hirest, or the hired servant himself, to go with thy son?
18 But lest I should make thee uneasy, I am Azarias, the son of the great
19 And Tobias answered: Thou art of a great family. But I pray thee be
not angry that I desired to know thy family.
20 And the angel said to him: I will lead thy son safe, and bring him to
thee again safe.
21 And Tobias answering, said: May you have a good journey, and God be
with you in your way, and his angel accompany you.
22 Then all things being ready, that were to be carried in their journey,
Tobias bid his father and his mother farewell, and they set out both together.
23 *And when they were departed, his mother began to weep, and to say:
Thou hast taken the staff of our old age, and sent him away from us.
24 I wish the money for which thou hast sent him, had never been.
25 For our poverty was sufficient for us, that we might account it as riches,
that we saw our son.
26 And Tobias said to her: Weep not, our son will arrive thither safe,
and will return safe to us, and thy eyes shall see him.
27 For I believe that the good angel of God doth accompany him, and doth
order all things well that are done about him, so that he shall return to us with joy.
28 At these words his mother ceased weeping, and held her peace.
23: Tobias x. 4.