Genesis 23:15

Overview - Genesis 23
The age and death of Sarah.
The purchase of the field and cave of Machpelah;
19 where Sarah is buried.
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Genesis 23:15  (King James Version)
My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
 


is worth
Though the words "is worth" are not in the Text, yet they are clearly implied, to adapt the Hebrew to the English idiom. A shekel, according to the general opinion, was equal in value to about 2s
6d. of our money, but according to Dr. Prideaux, 3s
English. In those early times, money was given in weight;
for it is said (ver 16.) that "Abraham weighed," {wayishkal,} the silver; and hence, we find that it was a certain weight which afterwards passed as a current coin; for the word shekel is not only used to denote a piece of sliver, but also to weigh.

shekels
Exodus 30:15 ; Ezekiel 45:12
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