"I am an alien and a stranger1 among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.2
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The Hittites replied to Abraham,
"Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince3 among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead."
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Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
He said to them, "If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar4 on my behalf
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so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah,5 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."
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Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites6 who had come to the gate7 of his city.
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"No, my lord," he said. "Listen to me; I give8 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."
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Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
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."
Ephron answered Abraham
"Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver,9 but what is that between me and you? Bury your dead."
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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,10 according to the weight current among the merchants.11
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So Ephron's field in Machpelah12 near Mamre13--both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field--was deeded
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to Abraham as his property14 in the presence of all the Hittites15 who had come to the gate16 of the city.
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Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah17 near Mamre (which is at Hebron18) in the land of Canaan.
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So the field and the cave in it were deeded19 to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.20
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