The Book of Genesis, Chapter 23

This chapter is about the death of Sarah. It’s not a long chapter. Abraham makes a real estate deal with the Hittites in this chapter. Also Abraham remarries in this chapter too.

Sarah lived to be 127 years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (That is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham mourned & wept for Sarah. Abraham then rose from beside Sarah & went to the Hittites. He asks them to buy some land from them so he can bury Sarah.

The Hittites say to Abraham, “You’re a prince amongst us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you their tomb to bury your wife.” Abraham rose & bowed down before the Hittites. He says to them, “If you’re willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me & intercede with Ephron, the son of Zohar, on my behalf. So he’ll sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him. It’s at the end of his field. Ash him to sell it to me for the full price of a burial site.”

Now Ephron (the Hittite) was sitting among the people gathered. He says to Abraham, in front of everyone gathered, that he’ll just give Abraham the land he was asking for. Again Abraham bowed down before the Hittites gathered at the city gate. Abraham insists on paying for the land & cave. Ephron tells Abraham that the land & cave cost 400 shekels (about 10 pounds) of silver. Ephron says, “What’s this price amongst us, buddy?” Abraham agreed to pay the price.

So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre (which includes the field, the cave, &, for some reason, all the trees) was deeded to Abraham, in presence of all the Hittites that were at the city gate. Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field that he’d bought from Ephron. It was located in the land of Canaan.


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