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Tobit 3:7–15

Sarah Falsely Accused

On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media, it also happened that Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, was reproached by one of her father’s maids. For she had been married to seven husbands, and the wicked demon Asmodeus had killed each of them before they had been with her as is customary for wives. So the maid said to her, “You are the one who killsb your husbands! See, you have already been married to seven husbands and have not borne the name ofc a single one of them. Why do you beat us? Because your husbands are dead? Go with them! May we never see a son or daughter of yours!”

Sarah’s Prayer for Death

10 On that day she was grieved in spirit and wept. When she had gone up to her father’s upper room, she intended to hang herself. But she thought it over and said, “Never shall they reproach my father, saying to him, ‘You had only one beloved daughter but she hanged herself because of her distress.’ And I shall bring my father in his old age down in sorrow to Hades. It is better for me not to hang myself, but to pray the Lord that I may die and not listen to these reproaches anymore.” 11 At that same time, with hands outstretched toward the window, she prayed and said,

“Blessed are you, merciful God!

Blessed is your name forever;

let all your works praise you forever.

12 And now, Lord,d I turn my face to you,

and raise my eyes toward you.

13 Command that I be released from the earth

and not listen to such reproaches any more.

14 You know, O Master, that I am innocent

of any defilement with a man,

15 and that I have not disgraced my name

or the name of my father in the land of my exile.

I am my father’s only child;

he has no other child to be his heir;

and he has no close relative or other kindred

for whom I should keep myself as wife.

Already seven husbands of mine have died.

Why should I still live?

But if it is not pleasing to you, O Lord, to take my life,

hear me in my disgrace.”

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