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.
7 The just one will be an everlasting memorial. He will not fear a report of disasters. His heart is prepared to hope in the Lord.
8 His heart has been confirmed. He will not be disturbed, until he looks down upon his enemies.
9 He has distributed, he has given to the poor. His justice shall remain from age to age. His horn shall be exalted in glory.
9 But Tobit, fearing God more than the king, stole away the bodies of the slain and concealed them in his house, and in the middle of the night, he buried them.10 But it happened one day, being tired from burying the dead, he came into his house, and he threw himself down next to the wall, and he slept.
11 And, as he was sleeping, warm droppings from a swallow's nest fell upon his eyes, and he was made blind.
12 And so the Lord permitted this trial to befall him, in order that an example might be given to posterity of his patience, which is even like that of holy Job.
13 For, even from his infancy, he had always feared God and kept his commandments, so he was not discouraged before God because of the scourge of blindness that had befallen him.
14 But he remained immoveable in the fear of God, giving thanks to God all the days of his life.
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