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Tobit 10a

 

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The text below comes from the first half of Tobit, Chapter 10 (with some omissions). Change of scene! In this section you will find yourself back in the city of Nineveh, where Thobi and his wife Anna are anxiously awaiting the return of their son, Thobias... why is it taking so long? The author creates a tremendous contrast here between the joyous festivities taking place in Ecbatana in Media, and the atmosphere of fear and despair back in Nineveh.

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Et cotidie ex illo die
computabat Thobi dies,
in quibus iret
et in quibus reverteretur
filius eius.

Thobi: Hebrew name (nominative)

iret...reverteretur: subjunctives in indirect question introduced by computabat

Et, postquam
consummati sunt dies,
et filius eius non veniebat,
dixit:
 
"Numquid detentus est ibi?
Aut numquid
Gabael mortuus est,
et nemo illi reddit pecuniam?"
Et contristari coepit.

Gabael: Hebrew name (nominative)

contristari: complementary infinitive with coepit

Et Anna, uxor illius,
dixit:
"Periit filius meus
et iam non est inter vivos.
Quare tardat?"
 
Et coepit plorare
et lugere filium suum
et dixit:
plorare...lugere: complementary infinitives with coepit
"Vae mihi, fili,
quia te dimisi ire,
lumen oculorum meorum!"
ire: complementary infinitive with dimisi
Cui Thobi dicebat:
"Tace,
noli computare, soror;

cui: relative pronoun, agreeing with Anna in gender and number
Thobi: Hebrew name (nominative)

computare: complementary infinitive with noli

salvus est filius noster,
sed certe mora fuit illis ibi,
et homo,
qui cum illo ivit,
fidelis est
et est ex fratribus nostris.
qui: relative pronoun, agreeing with homo in gender and number
Noli taediare pro illo,
soror,
iam veniet."
taediare: complementary infinitive with noli
Et illa dixit:
"Tace a me;
noli me seducere.
Periit filius meus."
seducere: complementary infinitive with noli
Et exsiliens
circumspiciebat cotidie
viam,
qua filius eius
profectus erat,
et nihil gustabat;

exsiliens...circumspiciebat : participle plus verb (she would jump up... and inspect...)

qua: relative pronoun, agreeing with via in gender and number

et, cum occidisset sol,
introibat
et lugebat
lacrimans tota nocte
et non dormiebat.
occidisset: subjunctive with cum

 


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