“Heliodorus, because of orders he had from the king, said that this money must in any case be confiscated for the king’s treasury. So he set a day. He went in to direct the inspection of these funds.”
Heliodorus was there to follow the orders of his king, King Seleucus IV. The money had to be confiscated for the king’s treasury. He set a day. He went in to inspect the funds.
“Then one of the Ninevites went and informed the king about me, that I was burying them. So I hid myself. When I realized that the king knew about me, I was afraid. I was being searched for to be put to death. So I ran away. Then all my property was confiscated. Nothing was left to me that was not taken into the royal treasury, except my wife Anna and my son Tobias.”
Someone in Nineveh told the king that Tobit was burying the dead Israelites. When the king found out, Tobit hid himself. He was afraid that he would be put to death. After his property was confiscated, he ran away. Thus he was only left with his wife Anna and son Tobias.