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Book of Genesis  Chapter 23

Purchase of Hebron (Qiriat Arba - the city of four) as burying place

GENESIS 23:1  And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were  the years of the life of Sarah.

GENESIS 23:2  And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of  Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

GENESIS 23:3  And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of  Heth, saying,

GENESIS 23:4  I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a  buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

GENESIS 23:5  And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,

GENESIS 23:6  Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of  our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his  sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.

GENESIS 23:7  And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land,  even to the children of Heth.

GENESIS 23:8  And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should  bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son  of Zohar,

GENESIS 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 buryingplace amongst you.

GENESIS 23:10  And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite  answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that  went in at the gate of his city, saying,

GENESIS 23:11  Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is  therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it  thee: bury thy dead.

GENESIS 23:12  And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

GENESIS 23:13  And he spake unto 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.

GENESIS 23:14  And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,

GENESIS 23:15  My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of  silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

GENESIS 23:16  And Abraham hearkened unto 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.

GENESIS 23:17  And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before  Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were  in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure

GENESIS 23:18  Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of  Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 23:20  And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto  Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.


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