Genesis 23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sarah lived 127 years. 1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
2 Sarah died in Kiriath Arba, present-day Hebron, in the land of Canaan. Abraham mourned for Sarah and wept. 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 Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites: 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,
4 "I know I'm only an outsider here among you, but sell me a burial plot so that I can bury my dead decently. 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 The Hittites responded, 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham,
6 "Why, you're no mere outsider here with us, you're a prince of God! Bury your dead wife in the best of our burial sites. None of us will refuse you a place for burial." 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 got up, bowed respectfully to the people of the land, the Hittites, 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
8 and said, "If you're serious about helping me give my wife a proper burial, intercede for me with 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 Ask him to sell me the cave of Machpelah that he owns, the one at the end of his land. Ask him to sell it to me at its full price for a burial plot, with you as witnesses." 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 was part of the local Hittite community. Then Ephron the Hittite spoke up, answering Abraham with all the Hittites who were part of the town council listening: 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 "Oh no, my master! I couldn't do that. The field is yours - a gift. I'll give it and the cave to you. With my people as witnesses, I give it to you. Bury your deceased 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 Abraham bowed respectfully before the assembled council 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
13 and answered Ephron: "Please allow me - I want to pay the price of the land; take my money so that I can go ahead and bury my wife." 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 Then Ephron answered Abraham 14 Ephron answered Abraham
15 "If you insist, master. What's four hundred silver shekels between us? Now go ahead and bury your wife." 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 accepted Ephron's offer and paid out the sum that Ephron had named before the town council of Hittites - four hundred silver shekels at the current exchange rate. 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's how Ephron's field next to Mamre - the field, its cave, and all the trees within its borders - 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 became Abraham's property. The town council of Hittites witnessed the transaction. 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
19 Abraham then proceeded to bury his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah that is next to Mamre, present-day Hebron, 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 The field and its cave went from the Hittites into Abraham's possession as a burial plot. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.