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Genesis 23:1-20

23  And Sarah lived to the age of a hundred and twenty-seven years, 2  and died at Kirjath-Arbogh (that is, Hebron) in the Canaanite country. And Abraham went in to bewail Sarah and to weep over her; 3 * and Abraham stood up from bending over his dead and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying 4  “I am an immigrant alien among you: give me a graveyard property, so that I may bury away my dead.” 5  And the sons of Heth answered Abraham 6 * “O listen, sir: you are a worshipful prince among us: bury your dead in the pick of our burial-places; not a man of us will shut his burial-place against your burying your dead.” 7  And Abraham stood up and did reverence to the people of the country, and the sons of Heth, 8  and spoke with them, saying “If it is your mind that I bury away my dead, listen to me and get in touch with Ghephron the son of Sohar for me, 9  to have him give me his cave of Macpelah, in the edge of his field: let him give it to me among you for cash for a graveyard property.” 10  And Ghephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ghephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth, all who went in at the gate of his city, 11  “O, sir, listen to me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave in it; in the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you: bury your dead.” 12  And Abraham did reverence before the people of the country, 13  and addressed Ghephron in the hearing of the people of the country with the words “Only, if you consent, O listen to me: I give the money for the field; take it from me and let me bury my dead there.” 14  And Ghephron said to Abraham 15  “O, sir, listen to me: between you and me what is four hundred shekels of silver’s worth of land? bury your dead.” 16  And Abraham took Ghephron at his word and weighed out to him the silver he had mentioned in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver of traders’ standard; 17  and the title to Ghephron’s field in Macpelah, on the east of Mamre, the field and the cave in it and all the trees in the field, within all its limits all around, passed 18  to Abraham in fee under the eyes of the sons of Heth, all who went in at the gate of his city. 19  And after that Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Macpelah on the east of Mamre, that is, Hebron, in the country of Canann. 20  And the title to the field and the cave in it passed to Abraham from the sons of Heth, as a graveyard property.


23:3 Lit. stood up off the face of his dead
23:6 Lit. a God’s prince