The Bible History
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BOOK V. THE CAPTIVITY AND THE RESTORATION. Chap. I. The History of Tobias. At the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, the people of the ten tribes were already scattered in various parts of the land of Assyria, where they dwelt as a despised and captive race, but enjoying some degree of personal liberty. The Scripture records the private history of one of them, who was a model of piety and resignation to the Divine will. Tobias, a man of the tribe of Nepthali, lived Ba Ninive, but took frequent journeys to other parts in the exercise of acts of benevolence towards his more distressed fellow-countrymen. When the fury of Sennacherib, the Assyrian monarch, was roused afresh against the captive Israelites by the failure of his expedition against Ezechias the king of Juda, Tobias redoubled his efforts to soothe their sufferings, and, at the peril of his own life, was accustomed to bury the dead bodies of those whom the cruelty of the tyrant put to death. For a while he was forced to secrete himself from Sennacherib's vengeance, but on the king's death renewed his works of mercy unmolested. On one occasion, wearied with his toils, he lay down to sleep beneath a swallow's nest, and the droppings from above falling into his eyes, destroyed his sight. Fresh trouble also befel him from his wife Anna, who reproached him angrily for a warning he one day gave her against stealing, when he supposed that a kid she had received in payment for her work had been dishonestly obtained. At length, weary and sad at heart, he prayed to God for death to end his sufferings. An intimation was sent him from the Almighty by the hands of the angel Raphael, assuring him that his prayers were heard; and Tobias, supposing that this implied that he was to be relieved by death, called his son Tobi...
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