Genesis 23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Sarah was 127 years old, 1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
2 she died at Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron) in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for 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 Then, leaving her body, he went to the Hittite elders and said, 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,
4 "Here I am, a stranger in a foreign land, with no place to bury my wife. Please let me have a piece of land for a burial plot. 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 replied to Abraham, 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham,
6 "Certainly, for you are an honored prince among us. It will be a privilege to have you choose the finest of our tombs so you can bury her there." 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 low before them and said, 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
8 "Since this is how you feel, be so kind as to 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 let me have the cave of Machpelah, down at the end of his field. I want to pay the full price, of course, whatever is publicly agreed upon, so I may have a permanent burial place for my family." 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 there among the others, and he answered Abraham as the others listened, speaking publicly before all the elders of the town. 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," he said to Abraham, "please listen to me. I will give you the cave and the field. Here in the presence of my people, I give it to you. Go and bury your dead." 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 again to the people of the land, 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
13 and he replied to Ephron as everyone listened. "No, listen to me," he insisted. "I will buy it from you. Let me pay the full price for the field so I can 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 "Well," Ephron answered 14 Ephron answered Abraham
15 "the land is worth four hundred pieces of silver, but what is that between friends? Go ahead and bury your dead." 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 So Abraham paid Ephron the amount he had suggested, four hundred pieces of silver, as was publicly agreed. 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 He bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field, the cave that was in it, and all the trees nearby. 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 They became Abraham's permanent possession by the agreement made in the presence of the Hittite elders at the city gate. 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
19 So Abraham buried Sarah there in Canaan, in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre, which is at Hebron 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 the cave were sold to Abraham by the Hittites as a permanent burial place. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.