1 A Canticle in steps. Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.
2 For you will eat by the labors of your hands. Blessed are you, and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife is like an abundant vine on the sides of your house. Your sons are like young olive trees surrounding your table.
4 Behold, so will the man be blessed who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the good things of Jerusalem, all the days of your life.
Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9
10 And Tobias said to him, "Where do you prefer that we stay?"
11 And the Angel, responding, said: "Here is one named Raguel, a man closely related to you from your tribe, and he has a daughter named Sarah, but he has no other male or female, except her.
1 And so they went to Raguel, and Raguel received them with gladness.
9 And so, after they had spoken, Raguel instructed a sheep to be killed, and a feast to be prepared. And when he exhorted them to recline for dinner,
10 Tobias said, "Here, today, I will not eat or drink, unless you first confirm my petition, and promise to give Sarah your daughter to me."
11 When Raguel heard this word, he became afraid, knowing what had befallen those seven men, who had approached her. And he began to fear, lest it might happen to him also in the same way. And, since he wavered and gave no further response to the petition,
12 the Angel said to him: "Do not be afraid to give her to this one, because this one fears God. He is obliged to be joined to your daughter. Because of this, no other one could have her."
13 Then Raguel said: "I do not doubt that God has admitted my prayers and tears before his sight.
14 And I believe, therefore, that he has caused you to come to me, so that this one might be joined in marriage to one of her own kindred, according to the law of Moses. And now, do not continue to doubt that I will give her to you."
15 And taking the right hand of his daughter, he gave it into the right hand of Tobias, saying, "May the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you. And may he join you together in marriage and fulfill his blessing in you."
16 And taking paper, they made a written record of the marriage.
17 And after this, they feasted, blessing God.4 Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and he said to her: "Sarah, get up and let us pray to God this day, and tomorrow, and the following day. For, during these three nights, we are being joined to God. And then, when the third night has passed, we ourselves will be joined together.
5 For certainly, we are the children of the saints, and we must not be joined together in such a manner as the heathens, who are ignorant of God."
6 And so, rising up together, they both prayed earnestly, at the same time, that health might be given to them.
7 And Tobias said: "Lord, the God of our fathers, may the heavens and the earth bless you, and the sea, and the fountains, and the rivers, and all your creatures that are in them.
8 You formed Adam from the mud of the earth, and you gave Eve to him as a helper.
9 And now, O Lord, you know that I take my sister in conjugal union, not by reason of worldly pleasure, but solely for the love of posterity, in which your name may be blessed forever and ever."
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