Genesis 23 (New American Standard)

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Death and Burial of Sarah

1 Now aSarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 Sarah died in 1Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron ) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham bwent in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the 2sons of Heth, saying, 4 "I am 3a stranger and a sojourner among you; 4give me ca 5burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 "Hear us, my lord, you are a d6mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead." 7 So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is your ewish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach 7Ephron the son of Zohar for me, 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 fyour presence for ga burial site." 10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; even 8of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 "No, my lord, hear me; 9I 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." 12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, "If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there." 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him 15 "My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred 10shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead." 16 Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham 11weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the hhearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, icommercial standard. 17 So 12Ephron's field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were jwithin all the confines of its border, kwere deeded over 18 to Abraham for a possession 13in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron ) in the land of Canaan 20 So the field and the cave that is in it, lwere 14deeded over to Abraham for ma burial site by the sons of Heth.
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