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And as they went on their iourney, they came in the euening to the riuer Tigris, & they lodged there.
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And when the yong man went downe to wash himselfe, a fish leaped out of the riuer, and would haue deuoured him.
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Then the Angel said vnto him, Take the fish;
and the yong man layd hold of the fish, and drew it to land.
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To whom the Angel said, Open the fish, and take the heart, and the liuer and the gall, and put them vp safely.
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So the yong man did as the Angel commaunded him, and when they had rosted the fish, they did eate it: then they both went on their way, till they drew neere to Ecbatane.
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Then the yong man saide to the Angel;
Brother Azarias, to what vse is the heart, and the liuer, and the gall of the fish?
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And he said vnto him, Touching the heart and the liuer, if a deuil, or an euil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shalbe no more vexed.
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As for the gall it is good to anoint a man that hath whitenesse in his eyes, and he shalbe healed.
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And when they were come neere to Rages;
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The Angel said to the yong man, Brother, to day wee shall lodge with Raguel, who is thy cousin;
hee also hath one onely daughter, named Sara, I wil speake for her, that she may be giuen thee for a wife.
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For to thee doth the right of her appertaine, seeing thou onely art of her kinred.
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And the maide is faire and wise, now therefore heare me, & I wil speake to her father, and when wee returne from Rages, we will celebrate the mariage: for I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the Law of Moses, but he shalbe guiltie of death, because the right of inheritance doeth rather appertaine to thee, then to any other.
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Then the yong man answered the Angel, I haue heard, brother Azarias, that this maide hath beene giuen to seuen men, who all died in the marriage chamber:
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And now I am the onely sonne of my father, and I am afraid, lest if I goe in vnto her, I die, as the other before;
for a wicked spirit loueth her, which hurteth no body, but those which come vnto her;
wherefore I also feare, lest I die, and bring my fathers and my mothers life (because of me) to the graue with sorrow, for they haue no other sonne to bury them.
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Then the Angel said vnto him, Doest thou not remember the precepts, which thy father gaue thee, that thou shouldest marrie a wife of thine owne kindred?
wherefore heare me, O my brother, for she shall be giuen thee to wife, and make thou no reckoning of the euil spirit, for this same night shall shee be giuen thee in mariage.
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And when thou shalt come into the mariage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes of perfume, and shalt lay vpon them, some of the heart, and liuer of the fish, and shalt make a smoke with it.
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And the deuill shall smell it, and flee away, and neuer come againe any more: but when thou shalt come to her, rise vp both of you, and pray to God, which is mercifull, who will haue pity on you, and saue you: feare not, for shee is appointed vnto thee from the beginning;
and thou shalt preserue her, and shee shall goe with thee.
Moreouer I suppose that shee shall beare thee children.
Now when Tobias had heard these things, he loued her, and his heart was effectually ioyned to her.