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Tobit 3b

 

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The text below comes from the second half of Tobit, Chapter 3 (with some omissions). As this chapter ends, you will see how the angel Raphael is sent to help both Thobi and Sara in their desperate situations. Now that the story is moving back and forth between Thobi in Nineveh and Sara in Ecbatana, the narrative style shifts. Chapters 1 and 2 were told in first-person, but in Chapter 3 the narration moves into third-person.

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Et cogitavit iterum
et dixit:
"Ne forte improperent
patri meo
et dicant:
improperent...dicant: subjunctives with ne (expressing a negative implied wish: "I don't want it to happen that...")
Unicam habuisti filiam,
carissimam,
et haec
laqueo se suspendit
ex malis”;
unicam...filiam: split phrase
et deducam
senectam patris mei
cum tristitia
ad inferos.
deducam: subjunctives with ne (continuing the thought expressed with improperent...dicant above)
Utilius mihi est
non me laqueo suspendere,
sed deprecari Dominum,
ut moriar
et iam improperia
non audiam in vita mea."

interficere...deprecari: infinitives as nouns ("it is a more useful thing for me not to... but to...)

moriar...audiam: subjunctives with ut

Eodem tempore,
porrectis manibus
ad fenestram,
deprecata est
et dixit:
porrectis manibus: ablative absolute
"Benedictus es, Domine,
Deus misericors,
et benedictum est
nomen tuum,
sanctum et honorabile
in saecula.
 
Iube
me dimitti desuper terram,
et ne audiam iam improperia.

dimitti: complementary infinitive with iube expressing a command (me is the accusative subject of the infinitive)

audiam: subjunctive with ne

Unica sum patri meo,
et non habet alium filium,
qui possideat hereditatem illius,

qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with filium in gender and number

possideat: potential subjunctive

neque frater est illi
proximus
neque propinquus illi,
ut custodiam me illi
uxorem.
custodiam: subjunctive with ut
Iam perierunt mihi septem,
et ut quid mihi
adhuc vivere?"
vivere: infinitive as noun (with implied verb est: "what reason (is there for me) to...")
In ipso tempore
exaudita est oratio amborum
in conspectu claritatis Dei,
 
et missus est Raphael angelus
sanare duos,

Raphael: Hebrew name (agrees with angelus)

sanare: infinitive expressing purpose

Thobin desquamare
ab albuginibus oculorum eius,
ut videret oculis
lumen Dei,

Thobin: Hebrew name (accusative)

desquamare: infinitive expressing purpose

videret: subjunctive with ut

et Saram, filiam Raguel,
dare Thobiae, filio Thobis,
uxorem,

Raguel: Hebrew name (genitive)

dare: infinitive expressing purpose

et colligare Asmodeum,
daemonium nequissimum,
colligare: infinitive expressing purpose
quoniam Thobiae contigit
possidere eam prae omnibus,
qui volebant accipere eam.

Thobiae: Hebrew name (dative)
possidere: complementary infinitive with contigit

qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with omnibus in gender and number
accipere: complementary infinitive with volebant

In illo tempore
reversus est Thobi
de atrio in domum suam;
Thobi: Hebrew name (nominative)
et Sara, filia Raguel,
descendit et ipsa
de loco superiori.

Raguel: Hebrew name (genitive)

et ipsa : adverbial use of et (she also)

 


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