Genesis 23

1Sarah lived to be 127 years old. 2She died in the city of Kiriath Arba (Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham was very sad and cried for her there. 3Then Abraham left his dead wife and went to talk to the Hittite people. He said, 4“I am only a traveler staying in your country. I have no place to bury my wife. Please give me some land so I can bury my wife.” 5The Hittite people answered Abraham, 6“Sir, you are one of God’s great leaders among us. You can have the best place we have to bury your dead. You can have any of our burying places that you want. None of us will stop you from burying your wife there.” 7Abraham got up and bowed to the people. 8Abraham said to them, “If you truly want to help me bury my dead wife, then speak to Ephron the son of Zohar for me. 9I would like to buy the cave of Machpelah. Ephron owns this. It is at the end of his field. I will pay him the full price—all that it is worth. I want all of you to be witnesses that I am buying it as a burial place.” 10Ephron was sitting there among the people. Ephron answered Abraham, 11“No, sir. Here, in front of all my people, I give you that land and the cave on it so you can bury your wife.” 12Abraham bowed before the Hittite people. 13Abraham said to Ephron before all the people, “But I want to pay you the full price for the field. Accept my money, and I will bury my dead.” 14Ephron answered Abraham, 15“Sir, listen to me. 10 pounds of silver means nothing to you and me! Take the land, and bury your dead wife.” 16Abraham understood that Ephron was telling him the price of the land. So Abraham paid him for the land. Abraham weighed 10 pounds of silver for Ephron and gave it to the merchant. 17- 18So the field of Ephron changed owners. This field was in Machpelah, east of Mamre. Abraham became the owner of the field, the cave on the field, and all the trees that were on that field. All the people in the city saw the agreement between Ephron and Abraham. 19After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of that field near Mamre (Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20Abraham bought the field and the cave on it from the Hittite people. This became his property, and he used it as a burying place.

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