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Genesis 23 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sarah lived to be 127 years old. 1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
2 She died in Hebron in the land of Canaan, and Abraham mourned her death. 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.
3 He left the place where his wife's body was lying, went to the Hittites, and said, 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,
4 "I am a foreigner living here among you; sell me some land, so that I can bury my wife." 4 "I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.
5 They answered, 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham,
6 "Listen to us, sir. We look upon you as a mighty leader; bury your wife in the best grave that we have. Any of us would be glad to give you a grave, so that you can bury her." 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."
7 Then Abraham bowed before them 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
8 and said, "If you are willing to let me bury my wife here, please ask Ephron son of Zohar 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
9 to sell me Machpelah Cave, which is near the edge of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for its full price, here in your presence, so that I can own it as a burial ground." 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."
10 Ephron himself was sitting with the other Hittites at the meeting place at the city gate; he answered in the hearing of everyone there, 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.
11 "Listen, sir; I will give you the whole field and the cave that is in it. Here in the presence of my own people, I will give it to you, so that you can bury your wife." 11 "No, my lord," he said. "Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead."
12 But Abraham bowed before the Hittites 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
13 and said to Ephron, so that everyone could hear, "May I ask you, please, to listen. I will buy the whole field. Accept my payment, and I will bury my wife there." 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."
14 Ephron answered 14 Ephron answered Abraham
15 "Sir, land worth only four hundred pieces of silver - what is that between us? Bury your wife in it." 15 "Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between me and you? Bury your dead."
16 Abraham agreed and weighed out the amount that Ephron had mentioned in the hearing of the people - four hundred pieces of silver, according to the standard weights used by the merchants. 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.
17 That is how the property which had belonged to Ephron at Machpelah east of Mamre, became Abraham's. It included the field, the cave which was in it, and all the trees in the field up to the edge of the property. 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
18 It was recognized as Abraham's property by all the Hittites who were there at the meeting. 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
19 Then Abraham buried his wife Sarah in that cave in the land of Canaan 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.
20 So the field which had belonged to the Hittites, and the cave in it, became the property of Abraham for a burial ground. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.