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Genesis 23 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Sarah’s Death and Burial

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:1 -

And [fn]Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:2 - Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham [fn]came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:3 - Then Abraham rose from before his dead and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:4 - “I am a sojourner and a foreign resident among you; give me a possession for a burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:5 - And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:6 - “Hear us, my lord, you are a [fn]mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial sites; none of us will refuse you his burial sites for burying your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:7 - So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:8 - And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your [fn]desire for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:9 - that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which belongs to him, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in [fn]your presence as a possession for a burial site.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:10 - 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 all who went in at the gate of his city, saying,
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 - And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - And he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only please hear me; I will give the silver for the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:14 - Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:15 - “My lord, hear me; a piece of land worth [fn]four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:16 - So Abraham heard Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [fn]hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, [fn]commercial standard.
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So Ephron’s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were [fn]within all the confines of its border, [fn]were deeded over

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:18 - to Abraham as purchased in the sight of the sons of Heth, before all who came 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 at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:20 - So the field and the cave that is in it [fn]were deeded over to Abraham for a possession for a burial site by the sons of Heth.
LSB Footnotes
Lit the life of Sarah was
Or proceeded
Lit prince of God
Lit soul
Lit the midst of you
Approx. 10 lb. or 4.4 kg, a shekel was approx. 0.4 oz. or 11 gm
Lit ears
Lit current according to the merchant
Lit in all its border around
Or were ratified
Lit were confirmed

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