Deuteronomy 30:2

Hebrew Bible

1 “When you have experienced all these things, both the blessings and the curses I have set before you, you will reflect upon them in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you. 2 Then if you and your descendants turn to the Lord your God and obey him with your whole mind and being just as I am commanding you today, 3 the Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he has scattered you. 4 Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.

Tobit 13:5


5 He will afflict you for your iniquities, but he will again show mercy on all of you. He will gather you from all the nations among whom you have been scattered. 6 If you turn to him with all your heart and with all your soul, to do what is true before him, then he will turn to you and will no longer hide his face from you. So now see what he has done for you; acknowledge him at the top of your voice. Bless the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of the ages. In the land of my exile I acknowledge him, and show his power and majesty to a nation of sinners: "Turn back, you sinners, and do what is right before him; perhaps he may look with favor upon you and show you mercy.'

 Notes and References

"... The narrative draws extensively on older traditions. Apart from a multitude of allusions to single biblical phrases,18 previous texts often function as subtexts in such a way that an earlier passage serves as a matrix for identical twists, thematic links, and allusions.19 In this context, Genesis 24 is of outstanding importance. In addition to these correspondences, references to Deuteronomy also play an important role (see especially the reception of Deuteronomy 30:2–33:5 in Tobit 13:5–6). Tobit’s eschatological hymn in Tobit 13 and his outlook into his people’s future in Tobit 14:4–7 contain numerous allusions to the salvation prophecies of Deutero and Trito-Isaiah as well as to other prophetic traditions. Sapiential tradition, as it appears especially in the speeches in Tobit 4 and Tobit 12, can be traced back to the wisdom teaching of Proverbs and Sirach. Tobit focuses on this when the value of almsgiving is emphasized ..."

Ego, Beate "The Book of Tobit in the Story of Cornelius in Acts 10" in Oegema, Gerbern S. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha (pp. 306-334) Oxford University Press, 2021

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