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Genesis 23
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The Burial of Sarah

23When Sarah was 127 years old,H8283H3967H8141H7651H8141H6242H8141H2416H8141H2416H8283 2she died at Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron) in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for her.H8283H4191H7153H2275H776H3667H85H935H5594H8283H1058 3Then, leaving her body, he said to the Hittite elders,H85H6965H6440H4191H1696H1121H2845H559 4"Here I am, a stranger and a foreigner among you. Please sell me a piece of land so I can give my wife a proper burial."H1616H8453H5414H272H6913H6912H4191H6440 5The Hittites replied to Abraham,H1121H2845H6030H85H559 6"Listen, my lord, you are an honored prince among us. Choose the finest of our tombs and bury her there. No one here will refuse to help you in this way."H8085H113H430H5387H8432H4005H6913H6912H4191H3808H376H3607H6913H6912H4191 7Then Abraham bowed low before the HittitesH85H6965H7812H5971H776H1121H2845 8and said, "Since you are willing to help me in this way, be so kind as to ask Ephron son of ZoharH1696H559H3426H5315H6912H4191H6440H8085H6293H6085H1121H6714 9to let me buy his cave at Machpelah, down at the end of his field. I will pay the full price in the presence of witnesses, so I will have a permanent burial place for my family."H5414H4631H4375H7097H7704H4392H3701H4392H5414H272H6913H8432 10Ephron was sitting there among the others, and he answered Abraham as the others listened, speaking publicly before all the Hittite elders of the town.H6085H3427H8432H1121H2845H6085H2850H6030H85H241H1121H2845H935H8179H5892H559 11"No, my lord," he said to Abraham, "please listen to me. I will give you the field and the cave. Here in the presence of my people, I give it to you. Go and bury your dead."H3808H113H8085H7704H5414H4631H5414H5869H1121H5971H5414H6912H4191 12Abraham again bowed low before the citizens of the land,H85H7812H6440H5971H776 13and he replied to Ephron as everyone listened. "No, listen to me. I will buy it from you. Let me pay the full price for the field so I can bury my dead there."H1696H6085H241H5971H776H559H3863H8085H5414H3701H7704H3947H6912H4191 14Ephron answered Abraham,H6085H6030H85H559 15"My lord, please listen to me. The land is worth 400 pieces of silver, but what is that between friends? Go ahead and bury your dead."H113H8085H776H702H3967H8255H3701H996H6912H4191 16So Abraham agreed to Ephron's price and paid the amount he had suggested—400 pieces of silver, weighed according to the market standard. The Hittite elders witnessed the transaction.H85H8085H6085H85H8254H6085H3701H1696H241H1121H2845H702H3967H8255H3701H5674H5503 17So Abraham bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field itself, the cave that was in it, and all the surrounding trees.H7704H6085H4375H6440H4471H7704H4631H6086H7704H1366H5439H6965 18It was transferred to Abraham as his permanent possession in the presence of the Hittite elders at the city gate.H85H4736H5869H1121H2845H935H8179H5892 19Then Abraham buried his wife, Sarah, there in Canaan, in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre (also called Hebron).H310H3651H85H6912H8283H802H4631H7704H4375H6440H4471H2275H776H3667 20So the field and the cave were transferred from the Hittites to Abraham for use as a permanent burial place.H7704H4631H6965H85H272H6913H1121H2845


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