Proverbs 25:2

Hebrew Bible

1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied: 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter. 3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deep so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and material for the silversmith will emerge;

Tobit 12:11


9 For almsgiving saves from death and purges away every sin. Those who give alms will enjoy a full life, 10 but those who commit sin and do wrong are their own worst enemies. 11 "I will now declare the whole truth to you and will conceal nothing from you. Already I have declared it to you when I said, "It is good to conceal the secret of a king, but to reveal with due honor the works of God.' 12 So now when you and Sarah prayed, it was I who brought and read the record of your prayer before the glory of the Lord, and likewise whenever you would bury the dead.

 Notes and References

"... In the context of the passage Tobit 12:6-20 the ethical exhortation seems slightly unexpected; again this is a distinguishing feature of an angeloophty within the Tobit narration. Raphael's words resemble sentences of wisdom, as they can be found in Tobit's testament in Tobit 4:6-11.16; the topic is revisited in Tobit's legacy in Tobit 14:8-11. With terms like "fidelity", "almsgiving" and "righteousness" (Tobit 12:8) the central themes of the Book of Tobit are named. (Altogether, these instructions remind of utterances as they are found in the Book of Proverbs or Jesus Sirach (thus for example Proverbs 10:2; Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 25:2; 28:6; Sirach 29:10-13; Sirach 40:2) ..."

Ego, Beate "The Figure of the Angel Raphael According to his Farewell Address in Tob 12:6-20" in Reiterer, Friedrich Vinzenz, et al. (eds.) Angels: The Concept of Celestial Beings Origins, Development and Reception (pp. 239-253) De Gruyter, 2007

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