Genesis 23 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sarah lived to be one hundred twenty-seven years old. 1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
2 She died in Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham was very sad and cried because of her. 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 After a while he got up from the side of his wife's body and went to talk to the Hittites. He said, 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,
4 "I am only a stranger and a foreigner here. Sell me some of your land so that I can bury my dead 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 The Hittites answered Abraham, 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham,
6 "Sir, you are a great leader among us. You may have the best place we have to bury your dead. You may have any of our burying places that you want, and none of us will stop you from burying your dead wife." 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 Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the Hittites. 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
8 He said to them, "If you truly want to help me bury my dead wife here, speak to Ephron, the son of Zohar for me. 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 at the edge of his field. I will pay him the full price. You can be the witnesses that I am buying it as a burial place." 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 sitting among the Hittites at the city gate. He answered Abraham, 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 "No, sir. I will give you the land and the cave that is in it, with these people as witnesses. Bury your dead 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 Then Abraham bowed down before the Hittites. 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
13 He said to Ephron before all the people, "Please let me pay you the full price for the field. Accept my money, and I will bury my dead 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 Abraham 14 Ephron answered Abraham
15 "Sir, the land is worth ten pounds of silver, but I won't argue with you over the price. Take the land, and bury your dead 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 agreed and paid Ephron in front of the Hittite witnesses. He weighed out the full price, ten pounds of silver, and they counted the weight as the traders normally did. 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 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 So Ephron's field in Machpelah, east of Mamre, was sold. Abraham became the owner of the field, the cave in it, and all the trees that were in the field. The sale was made at the city gate, with the Hittites as witnesses. 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
19 After this, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre. (Mamre was later called 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 So Abraham bought the field and the cave in it from the Hittites to use as a burying place. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.