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Genesis 23 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:1 - Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:2 - And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:3 - And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites,[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:4 - “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:5 - The Hittites answered Abraham,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:6 - “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God[fn] among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:7 - Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:8 - And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:9 - that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:10 - Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:11 - “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:12 - Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:14 - Ephron answered Abraham,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:15 - “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels[fn] of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:16 - Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:17 - So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:18 - to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:19 - After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:20 - The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew sons of Heth; also verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18, 20
Or a mighty prince
A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

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