Judith 1

1 {\cf2 The booke of the woordes of Tobit sonne of Tobiel, the sonne of Ananeel, the sonne of Aduel, the sonne of Gabael, of the seede of Asael, and of the tribe of Nephthalim,}

2 {\cf2 Who in the time of Enemessar King of the Assyrians was led away captiue out of Thisbe, which is at the right hande of that citie, which is called properly Nephthalim, in Galilee aboue Aser.}

3 {\cf2 I Tobit haue walked all my life long in the way of trueth and iustice, and I did many things liberally to the brethren, which were of my nation, and came with me to Niniue into the lande of the Assyrians.}

4 {\cf2 And when I was in mine owne countrey in the lande of Israel, being but young, all the tribe of Nephthalim my father fell from the house of Ierusalem, which was chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, that all the tribes shoulde sacrifice there, where the Temple of the tabernacle of the most High was consecrated, and built vp for all ages.}

5 {\cf2 Nowe all the tribes which fell from God, yea, and my father Nephthalims house offered to the heifar called Baal.}

6 {\cf2 But I (as it was ordeined to all Israel by an euerlasting decree) went alone often to Ierusalem, at the feastes bringing the first fruites, and the tenth of beastes with that which was first shorne, and offred them at the altar to the Priests the children of Aaron.}

7 {\cf2 The first tenth part I gaue to the Priestes the sonnes of Aaron, which ministred in Ierusalem: the other tenth parte I solde, and came and bestowed it euery yeare at Ierusalem.}

8 {\cf2 The thirde tenth part I gaue vnto them to whome it was meete, as Debora my fathers mother had commaunded mee: for my father left mee as a pupill.}

9 {\cf2 Furthermore when I was come to the age of a man, I married Anna of mine owne kinred, and of her I begate Tobias.}

10 {\cf2 But when I was led captiue to Niniue, all my brethren, and those which were of my kinred, did eate of the bread of the Gentiles.}

11 {\cf2 But I kept my selfe from eating,}

12 {\cf2 Because I remebred God with al mine heart.}

13 {\cf2 Therefore the most High gaue me grace and fauour before Enemessar, so that I was his puruoier.}

14 {\cf2 And I went into Media, & I deliuered ten talents of siluer to Gabael the brother of Gabrias in the land of Media.}

15 {\cf2 But when Enemessar was dead, Sennacherib his sonne reigned in his stead: whose state because it was troubled, I coulde not goe into Media.}

16 {\cf2 But in the time of Enemessar, I gaue many almes to my brethren, and gaue my breade to them which were hungrie,}

17 {\cf2 And my clothes to the naked: and if I sawe any of my kinred dead, or cast about the walles of Niniue, I buried him.}

18 {\cf2 And if the King Sennacherib had slaine any, when he was come and fled from Iudea, I buried them priuilie (for in his wrath he killed many) but the bodies were not found when they were sought for of the king.}

19 {\cf2 Therefore when a certaine Nineuite had accused mee to the King, because I did burie them, I hid my selfe: and because I knewe that I was sought to be slaine, I withdrewe my selfe for feare.}

20 {\cf2 Then all my goods were spoyled, neither was there any thing left mee besides my wife Anna and my sonne Tobias.}

21 {\cf2 Neuerthelesse within fiue and fiftie dayes, two of his sonnes killed him, and they fled into the mountaines of Arrarath, and Sarchedonus his sonne reigned in his stead, who appointed ouer his fathers accomptes and ouer all his domesticall affaires Achiacharus my brother Anaels sonne.}

22 {\cf2 And when Achiacharus had made a request for me, I came againe to Niniue: nowe Achiacharus was cupbearer and keeper of the signet, and stewarde, and ouersawe the accompts: so Sarchedonus appoynted him next vnto him, and he was my brothers sonne.}