Genesis 23

Death and Burial of Sarah

1Now
Lit the life of Sarah was
Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
2Sarah died in b  Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham
Or proceeded
went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
3Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the d  sons of Heth, saying, 4“I am e  a stranger and a sojourner among you; f  give me
Lit possession of a grave
a h  burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
5The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6Hear us, my lord, you are a
Lit prince of God
,
j  mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.”
7So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your
Lit soul
wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach l  Ephron the son of Zohar for me,
9that 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
Lit the midst of you
your presence for
Lit possession of a burial place
a burial site.”
10Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; even o  of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11No, my lord, hear me; p  I 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.” 12And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13He 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.” 14Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred q  shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.” 16Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham r  weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the
Lit ears
hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver
Lit current according to the merchant
commercial standard.

17So u  Ephron’s 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
Lit in all its border around
within all the confines of its border,
Or were ratified
were deeded over
18to Abraham for a possession x  in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20So the field and the cave that is in it,
Or were ratified
were z  deeded over to Abraham for
Lit possession of a burial place
a burial site by the sons of Heth.
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