1 Alleluia. Of the return of Haggai and Zachariah. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. He will prefer his commandments exceedingly.
2 His offspring will be powerful on the earth. The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Glory and wealth will be in his house, and his justice shall remain from age to age.
4 For the upright, a light has risen up in the darkness. He is merciful and compassionate and just.
5 Pleasing is the man who shows mercy and lends. He will order his words with judgment.
6 For he will not be disturbed in eternity.
Tobit 1:3; 2:1-8
3 So then, every day, all that he was able to obtain, he bestowed on his fellow captive brothers, who were from his kindred.
1 In truth, after this, when there was a feast day of the Lord, and a good dinner had been prepared in the house of Tobit,
2 he said to his son: "Go, and bring some others who fear God from our tribe to feast with us."
3 And 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.
4 And taking it up, he carried it in secret to his house, so that, after the sun had set, he might bury him cautiously.
5 And after he had hidden the body, he chewed his bread with mourning and fear,
6 remembering the word that the Lord spoke through the prophet Amos: "Your feast days shall be turned into lamentation and mourning."
7 Truly, when the sun had set, he went out, and he buried him.
8 Yet 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?"
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