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Genesis 23 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Death and Burial of Sarah

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:1 -

Now [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 in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:3 - Then Abraham arose from mourning before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:4 - “I am a stranger and a foreign resident among you; give me [fn]a burial site among you so that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:5 - 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 graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:7 - So Abraham stood up and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:8 - And he spoke with them, saying, “If [fn]you are willing to let me bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me, and plead with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:9 - 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 [fn]your presence for [fn]a burial site.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:10 - Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham [fn]so that the sons of Heth heard, that is, all who entered the gate of his city, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:11 - “No, my lord, listen to me; 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:12 - And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - But he spoke to Ephron [fn]so that the people of the land heard, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me so 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, listen to me: a plot 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 - Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [fn]presence of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency acceptable to a merchant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:17 -

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 a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who entered the gate of his city.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:19 - After this, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron), in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:20 - So the field and the cave that was in it [fn]were deeded over to Abraham for [fn]a burial site by the sons of Heth.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit the life of Sarah was
Or proceeded
Lit possession of a burial place
Lit prince of God
Lit it is with your soul
Lit the midst of you
Lit possession of a burial place
Lit in the ears of
Lit in the ears of
About 12.5 lb. or 5.7 kg
Lit ears
Lit in all its border around
Or were ratified
Or were ratified
Lit possession of a burial place

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