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Genesis 23

The age and death of Sarah.

Genesis 23:1 When Sarah was an hundreth twentie and seuen yeere olde (so long liued she). Genesis 23:2 Then Sarah dyed in Kiriath-arba: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan; Abraham came to mourne for Sarah and to weepe for her.

The purchase of Machpelah,

Genesis 23:3 Then Abraham rose vp from the sight of his corps, & talked with the Hittites, saying, Genesis 23:4 I am a stranger, & a forreiner among you, giue me a possession of buriall with you, that I may burie my dead out of my sight. Genesis 23:5 Then the Hittites answered Abraham, saying vnto him, Genesis 23:6 Heare vs, my lorde: thou art a prince of God among vs: in the chiefest of our sepulchres bury thy dead: none of vs shall forbid thee his sepulchre, but thou mayest bury thy dead therein. Genesis 23:7 Then Abraham stoode vp, and bowed him selfe before the people of the land of the Hittites. Genesis 23:8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your minde, that I shall bury my dead out of my sight, heare me, and intreate for me to Ephron the sonne of Zohar, Genesis 23:9 That he would giue me ye caue of Machpelah, which he hath in the ende of his field: that he would giue it me for as much money as it is worth, for a possession to bury in among you. Genesis 23:10 (For Ephron dwelt among the Hittites) Then Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of all the Hittites that went in at the gates of his citie, saying, Genesis 23:11 No, my Lorde, heare me: the fielde giue I thee, and the caue, that therein is, I giue it thee: euen in the presence of the sonnes of my people giue I it thee, to bury thy dead. Genesis 23:12 Then Abraham bowed himselfe before the people of the land, Genesis 23:13 And spake vnto Ephron in the audience of the people of the countrey, saying, Seeing thou wilt giue it, I pray thee, heare me, I will giue the price of the fielde: receiue it of me, and I will bury my dead there. Genesis 23:14 Ephron then answered Abraham, saying vnto him, Genesis 23:15 My lord, hearken vnto me: ye land is worth foure hundreth shekels of siluer: what is that betweene me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. Genesis 23:16 So Abraham hearkened vnto Ephron, and Abraham weyed to Ephron the siluer, which he had named, in the audience of the Hittites, euen foure hundreth siluer shekels of currant money among marchants.

Genesis 23:17 So the fielde of Ephron which was in Machpelah, and ouer against Mamre, euen the field and the caue that was therein, and all the trees that were in the fielde, which were in all the borders round about, was made sure Genesis 23:18 Vnto Abraham for a possession, in ye sight of the Hittites, euen of all that went in at the gates of his citie.

where Sarah was buried.

Genesis 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the caue of the fielde of Machpelah ouer against Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. Genesis 23:20 Thus the fielde and the caue, that is therein, was made sure vnto Abraham for a possession of buriall by the Hittites.

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