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Genesis 23 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Death of Sarah

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:1 - Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:2 - She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:3 - Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.[fn] He said,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:4 - “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:5 - The Hittites replied to Abraham,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:6 - “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:7 - Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:8 - He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:9 - so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:10 - Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:11 - “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give[fn] you the field, and I give[fn] you the cave that is in it. I give[fn] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:12 - Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:14 - Ephron answered Abraham,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:15 - “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels[fn] of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:16 - Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:17 - So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:18 - to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:19 - Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:20 - So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.
NIV Footnotes
Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20
Or sell
Or sell
Or sell
That is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms

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