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 Genesis 23:1 - 20
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 23
23:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
 
23:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
 
23:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. F105 He said,
 
23:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."
 
23:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The Hittites replied to Abraham,
 
23:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead."
 
23:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
 
23:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He said to them, "If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf
 
23:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you."
 
23:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city.
 
23:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"No, my lord," he said. "Listen to me; I give F106 you the field, and I give F107 you the cave that is in it. I give F108 it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead."
 
23:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
 
23:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and he said to Ephron in their hearing, "Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there."
 
23:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Ephron answered Abraham,
 
23:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels F109 of silver, but what is that between me and you? Bury your dead."
 
23:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Abraham agreed to Ephron's terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.
 
23:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So Ephron's field in Machpelah near Mamre - both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field - was deeded
 
23:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
 
23:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
 
23:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F105 Or the sons of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20
F106 Or sell
F107 Or sell
F108 Or sell
F109 That is, about 10 pounds (about 4.5 kilograms)

 
 

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