Canticle of Tobit

Tobit Chapter 13:1-8

 

“1 Then Tobit composed this joyful prayer: Blessed be God who lives forever, because his kingdom lasts for all ages.

2 For he afflicts and shows mercy, casts down to the depths of the nether world, brings up from the great abyss. No one can escape his hand.

3 Praise him, you Israelites, before the Gentiles, for though he has scattered you among them, 4 he has shown you his greatness even there. Exalt him before every living being, because he is the Lord our God, our Father and God forever.

5 He scourged you for your iniquities, but will again have mercy on you all. He will gather you from all the Gentiles among whom you have been scattered.

6 When you turn back to him with all your heart, to do what is right before him, Then he will turn back to you, and no longer hide his face from you. So now consider what he has done for you, and praise him with full voice. Bless the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of the ages. In the land of my exile I praise him, and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation. “Turn back, you sinners! do the right before him: perhaps he may look with favor upon you and show you mercy.

7 “As for me, I exalt my God, and my spirit rejoices in the King of heaven. 8 Let all speak and give thanks in Jerusalem.”  New American Bible

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