23:1 And Sarah was a hundred and twenty-seven years old: [these
were] the years of the life of Sarah.
23:2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same [is] Hebron in the
land of Canaan: And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to
weep for her.
23:3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the
sons of Heth, saying,
23:4 I [am] a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a
possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead
out of my sight.
23:5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
23:6 Hear us, my lord; thou [art] a mighty prince among us: in
the choice of our sepulchers bury thy dead: none of us will
withhold from thee his sepulcher, but that thou mayest bury thy
23:7 And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the
land, to the children of Heth.
23:8 And he communed with them, saying, If it is your mind that
I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for
me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
23:9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath,
which [is] in the end of his field; for as much money as it is
worth he shall give it me, for a possession of a burying-place
23:10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth. And Ephron
the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of
Heth, of all that entered the gates of his city, saying,
23:11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I to thee, and the
cave that [is] in it, I give it to thee; in the presence of the
sons of my people I give it to thee: bury thy dead.
23:12 And Abraham bowed himself before the people of the land.
23:13 And he spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of
the land, saying, But if thou [wilt give it], I pray thee, hear
me: I will give thee money for the field: take [it] of me, and
I will bury my dead there.
23:14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,
23:15 My lord, hearken to me: the land [is worth] four hundred
shekels of silver; what [is] that betwixt me and thee? bury
therefore thy dead.
23:16 And Abraham hearkened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed to
Ephron the silver which he had named in the audience of the
sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current [money]
with the merchant.
23:17 And the field of Ephron, which [was] in Machpelah, which
[was] before Mamre, the field and the cave which [was] in it,
and all the trees that [were] in the field, that [were] in all
the borders round about, were made sure
23:18 To Abraham for a possession in the presence of the
children of Heth, before all that entered the gate of his city.
23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave
of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre: the same [is] Hebron
in the land of Canaan.
23:20 And the field, and the cave that [is] in it were made sure
to Abraham for a possession of a burying-place, by the sons of