Tobias wants to go back home to his father Tobit (Tob 10:7-10:10)

“Now when the fourteen days of the wedding celebration had ended that Raguel had sworn to observe for his daughter, Tobias came to Raguel and said.

‘Send me back!

I know that my father and mother do not believe

That they will see me again.

So, I beg of you, father, to let me go

So that I may return to my own father.

I have already explained to you how I left him.’

But Raguel said to Tobias.

‘Stay with me, my child!

I will send messengers to your father Tobit.

They will inform him about you.’

But Tobias replied.

‘No!

I beg you to send me back to my father.’

Raguel promptly gave Tobias his wife Sarah, as well as half of all his property, male and female slaves, oxen and sheep, donkeys and camels, clothing, money, and household goods.”

Tobias wanted to go home to his father and mother after the 14 day wedding celebration. Raguel wanted him to stay with him. He said that he could send messengers to his father to let him know that everything was okay with Tobias. Then, things got a little testy. Tobias said no. This is reminiscent of Jacob when he tried to leave Laban with his wives in Genesis, chapter 30. Tobias was insistent. He wanted to go home to his father. Finally, Raguel said okay. He then gave him Sarah as his wife, plus half of all that they owned. He apparently was a fairly rich man. He gave Tobias, male and female servants, all kinds of domestic and transportation animals, as well as clothing, money, and household goods. This would be quite a caravan.

 

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