Now when I had come home again, and my wife Anna was restored unto me with my son Tobias, at the Feast of Pentecost, which is the holy Feast of the Seven Weeks, there was a good dinner prepared for me, which I sat down to eat.
And when I saw the abundance of meat, I said to my son, "Go and bring whatsoever poor man thou shalt find among our brethren, who is mindful of the Lord; and, lo, I will tarry for thee."
But he came back and said, "Father, one of our nation is strangled and is cast out in the marketplace."
Then before I had tasted of any meat, I started up, and took him up into a room until the going down of the sun.
Then I returned and washed myself, and ate my meat in heaviness,
remembering that prophecy of Amos, as he said, Your feasts shall be turned into mourning, and all your mirth into lamentation.
Therefore I wept. And after the going down of the sun I went and made a grave, and buried him.
But my neighbors mocked me and said,"This man is not yet afraid to be put to death for this matter; he fled away, and yet, lo, he burieth the dead again."
The same night also I returned from the burial and slept by the wall of my courtyard, being polluted, and my face was uncovered.
And I knew not that there were sparrows on the wall; and mine eyes being open, the sparrows voided warm dung into mine eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes. And I went to the physicians, but they helped me not. Moreover Achiacharus nourished me until I went into Elymais.
And my wife Anna took in women's work to do.
And when she had sent them home to the owners, they paid her wages and gave her also besides a kid.
And when it was in my house and began to cry, I said unto her, "From whence is this kid? Is it not stolen? Render it to the owners; for it is not lawful to eat any thing that is stolen."Œ
But she replied unto me, "It was given for a gift more than the wages." However I did not believe her, but bade her render it to the owners; and I was abashed at her. But she replied unto me, "Where are thine alms and thy righteous deeds? Behold, thou and all thy works are known."