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Tobit 8

(8:2-3) Tobias, per Raphael's instructions, barbecued some fish liver on coals. Then Raphael took the devil to an Egyptian desert and tied him up.

(8:2) "Tobias remembering the angel's word, took out of his bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals."

(8:3) "Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in the desert of upper Egypt."

(8:4) "Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and said to her: Sara, arise, and let us pray to God today, and tomorrow, and the next day: because for these three nights we are joined to God: and when the third night is over, we will be in our own wedlock."
Tobias tells "the virgin" that their honeymoon will consist of praying for three days, then they can have sex. I'm not sure how Sara could be a virgin after being married seven times, but I guess the devil killed her husbands before they got the job done.

8:1 And after they had supped, they brought in the young man to her.
8:2 And Tobias remembering the angel's word, took out of his bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals.
8:3 Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in the desert of upper Egypt.
8:4 Then Tobias exhorted the virgin, and said to her: Sara, arise, and let us pray to God today, and tomorrow, and the next day: because for these three nights we are joined to God: and when the third night is over, we will be in our own wedlock.
8:5 For we are the children of saints, and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God.
8:6 So they both arose, and prayed earnestly both together that health might be given them,
8:7 And Tobias said: Lord God of our father, may the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and the fountains, and the rivers, and all thy creatures that are in them, bless thee.
8:8 Thou madest Adam of the slime of the earth, and gavest him Eve for a helper. (8:9) "Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity."
Tobias tells God that he is having sex with his "sister" (first cousin, actually) only for procreation.

(8:11-12) Raguel tells his slaves to dig a grave for husband number eight.

(8:11) "Raguel ordered his servants to be called for, and they went with him together to dig a grave."

(8:12) "Lest perhaps it may have happened to him, in like manner as it did to the other seven husbands, that went in unto her."

8:9 And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.
8:10 Sara also said: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, and let us grow old both together in health.
8:11 And it came to pass about the cockcrowing, Raguel ordered his servants to be called for, and they went with him together to dig a grave.
8:12 For he said: Lest perhaps it may have happened to him, in like manner as it did to the other seven husbands, that went in unto her.
8:13 And when they had prepared the pit, Raguel went back to his wife, and said to her:
8:14 Send one of thy maids, and let her see if he be dead, that I may bury him before it be day.
8:15 So she sent one of her maidservants, who went into the chamber, and found them safe and sound, sleeping both together.
8:16 And returning she brought the good news: and Raguel and Anna his wife blessed the Lord,
8:17 And said: We bless thee, O Lord God of Israel, because it hath not happened as we suspected.
8:18 For thou hast shewn thy mercy to us, and hast shut out from us the enemy that persecuted us.
8:19 And thou hast taken pity upon two only children. Make them, O Lord, bless thee more fully: and to offer up to thee a sacrifice of thy praise, and of their health, that all nations may know, that thou alone art God in all the earth.
8:20 And immediately Raguel commanded his servants, to fill up the pit they had made, before it was day.
8:21 And he spoke to his wife to make ready a feast, and prepare all kind of provisions that are necessary for such as go a journey.
8:22 He caused also two fat kine, and four wethers to be killed, and a banquet to be prepared for all his neighbours, and all his friends.
8:23 And Raguel adjured Tobias, to abide with him two weeks.
8:24 And of all things which Raguel possessed, he gave one half to Tobias, and made him a writing, that the half that remained should after their decease come also to Tobias.

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