23 1SARAH LIVED 127 years; this was the length of the life of Sarah. 2And Sarah died in Kiriath-arba, [X]that is, Hebron, in the land of Canaan. And Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3And Abraham stood up from before his dead and said to the sons of Heth, 4I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5And the Hittites replied to Abraham, 6Listen to us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in any tomb or grave of ours that you choose; none of us will withhold from you his tomb or hinder you from burying your dead. 7And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the Hittites. 8And he said to them, If you are willing to grant my dead a burial out of my sight, listen to me and ask Ephron son of Zohar for me, 9That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns--it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me here in your presence as a burial place to which I may hold fast among you. 10Now Ephron was present there among the sons of Heth; so, in the hearing of all who went in at the gate of his city, Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham, saying, 11No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and the cave that is in it I give you. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead. 12Then Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land. 13And he said to Ephron in the presence of the people of the land, But if you will give it, I beg of you, hear me. I will give you the price of the field; accept it from me, and I will bury my dead there. 14Ephron replied to Abraham, saying, 15My lord, listen to me. The land is worth 400 shekels of silver; what is that between you and me? So bury your dead. 16So Abraham listened to what Ephron said and acted upon it. He weighed to Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: 400 shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants. 17So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre [Hebron]--the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and in all its borders round about--was made over 18As a possession to Abraham in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at his city gate. 19After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of [Y]Machpelah to the east of Mamre, that is, Hebron, in the land of Canaan. 20The field and the cave in it were conveyed to Abraham for a permanent burial place by the sons of Heth.
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