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 Genesis 23
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Death and Burial of Sarah

1 Now Sarah F386 lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba R590 (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went F387 in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons R591 of Heth, saying, 4 "I am a R592 stranger and a sojourner among you; give R593 me a F388 burial R594 site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight." 5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 "Hear us, my lord, you are a mighty R595 F389 prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead." 7 So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is your wish F390 for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach Ephron R596 the son of Zohar for me, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in your F391 presence for a F392 burial site." 10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; even of R597 all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 "No, my lord, hear me; I R598 give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead." 12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, "If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there." 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 "My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels R599 of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead." 16 Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed R600 out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing F393 of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, commercial F394 standard.

17 So Ephron's R601 field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were within F395 all the confines of its border, were F396 deeded over 18 to Abraham for a possession in R602 the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave that is in it, were F397 deeded R603 over to Abraham for a F398 burial site by the sons of Heth.

F386: Lit the life of Sarah was
F387: Or proceeded
F388: Lit possession of a grave
F389: Lit prince of God
F390: Lit soul
F391: Lit the midst of you
F392: Lit possession of a burial place
F393: Lit ears
F394: Lit current according to the merchant
F395: Lit in all its border around
F396: Or were ratified
F397: Or were ratified
F398: Lit possession of a burial place

R590: Joshua 14:15; 15:13; 21:11
R591: Genesis 10:15; 15:20
R592: Genesis 17:8; Leviticus 25:23; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Hebrews 11:9,13
R593: Acts 7:16
R594: Genesis 49:30
R595: Genesis 14:14; 20:7
R596: Genesis 25:9
R597: Genesis 23:18; 34:20,24; Ruth 4:1,11
R598: 2 Samuel 24:21-24
R599: Exodus 30:13; Ezekiel 45:12
R600: 2 Samuel 14:26; Jeremiah 32:9,10; Zechariah 11:12
R601: Genesis 25:9; 49:29,30; 50:13
R602: Genesis 23:10
R603: Jeremiah 32:10-14


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