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Genesis 23

MSG 1 Sarah lived 127 years. NIV 1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. MSG 2 Sarah died in Kiriath Arba, present-day Hebron, in the land of Canaan. Abraham mourned for Sarah and wept. NIV 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. MSG 3 Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites: NIV 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 5 The Hittites responded, NIV 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham, MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 7 Then Abraham got up, bowed respectfully to the people of the land, the Hittites, NIV 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. MSG 8 and said, "If you're serious about helping me give my wife a proper burial, intercede for me with Ephron son of Zohar. NIV 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 MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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: NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 12 Abraham bowed respectfully before the assembled council NIV 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham NIV 14 Ephron answered Abraham MSG 15 "If you insist, master. What's four hundred silver shekels between us? Now go ahead and bury your wife." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 17 That's how Ephron's field next to Mamre - the field, its cave, and all the trees within its borders - NIV 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 MSG 18 became Abraham's property. The town council of Hittites witnessed the transaction. NIV 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. MSG 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 NIV 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. MSG 20 The field and its cave went from the Hittites into Abraham's possession as a burial plot. NIV 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.