Sarah’s Burial
1Now Sarah lived 127 years; these were all the years of her life.
2Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron23:2 Gn 35:27; Jos 14:15; 15:13; 21:11; Jdg 1:10) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
3When Abraham got up from beside his dead wife, he spoke to the Hethites:
4“I am an alien residing among you.23:4 Gn 17:8; Lv 25:23; 1Ch 29:15; Ps 39:12; 105:12; Heb 11:9,13 Give me burial property among you so that I can bury my dead.”23:4 Lit dead from before me23:4 Gn 49:30; Ac 7:16
5The Hethites replied to Abraham,23:5 Lit Abraham, saying to him
6“Listen to us, my lord. You are a prince of God23:6 Or a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in our finest burial place.23:6 Or finest graves None of us will withhold from you his burial place for burying your dead.”
7Then Abraham rose and bowed down to the Hethites, the people of the land.
8He said to them, “If you are willing for me to bury my dead, listen to me and ask Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf
9to give me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him give it to me in your presence, for the full price, as burial property.”
10Ephron was sitting among the Hethites. So in the hearing23:10 Lit ears, also in vv. 13,16 of all the Hethites who came to the gate of his city,23:10 Gn 34:20,24; Ru 4:1 Ephron the Hethite answered Abraham:
11“No, my lord. 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 sight23:11 Lit in the eyes of the sons of my people. Bury your dead.”
12Abraham bowed down to the people of the land
13and said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “Listen to me, if you please. Let me pay the price of the field. Accept it from me, and let me bury my dead there.”
14Ephron answered Abraham and said to him,
15“My lord, listen to me. Land worth four hundred shekels of silver23:15 Ex 30:13; Ezk 45:12 — what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
16Abraham agreed with Ephron, and Abraham weighed out to Ephron the silver that he had agreed to in the hearing of the Hethites: four hundred standard shekels23:16 Lit 400 shekels passing to the merchant of silver.23:16 Jr 32:9; Zch 11:12
17So Ephron’s field23:17 Gn 25:9; 49:29–32; 50:13 at Machpelah near Mamre — the field with its cave and all the trees anywhere within the boundaries of the field — became
18Abraham’s possession in the sight of all the Hethites who came to the gate of his city.
19After this, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave of the field at Machpelah near Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
20The field with its cave passed from the Hethites to Abraham23:20 Jr 32:10–14 as burial property.