Matthew Bible

Genesis 23

The age and death of Sarah.

Genesis 23:1 Sara was an hundred and .xxvij. yere old (for so long lyued she) Genesis 23:2 and than dyed in a heade cytye called Hebron in the lande of Canaan. Than Abraham cam to morne Sara, and to wepe for her.

The purchase of Machpelah,

Genesis 23:3 And Abraham stode vp from the coorse, and talked wt the sonnes of Heth saying: Genesis 23:4 I am a straunger and a foryner among you, geue me a possessyon to burye in with you, that I may bury my dead out of my syght. Genesis 23:5 And the chyldren of Heth auswered Abraham sayinge vnto hym: Genesis 23:6 Heare vs lord, thou art a prynce of god amonge vs. In the chefest of our sepulchres bury the dead: None of vs shall forbyd the hys sepulchre, that thou shouldest not burye thy dead therin. Genesis 23:7 Abraham stode vp, & bowed him selfe before the people of the lande the chyldren of Heth. Genesis 23:8 And he comond with them sayinge: If it be youre myndes that I shall bury my dead out of my syght, heare me and speke for me to Ephron the sonne of Zoar: Genesis 23:9 & let hym geue me the dubbyll caue whych he hath in the ende of hys felde, for as moche money as it is worth, let hym geue it me in the presence of you, for a possessyon to burye in. Genesis 23:10 For Ephron dwelled among the chyldren of Heth. Than Ephron the Hethite answered Abraham in the audience of the chyldren of Heth & of all that went in at the gates of hys cyte, saying: Genesis 23:11 Not so my Lorde, but heare me: The felde geue I the, & the caue þt therin is geue I the also: & euen in the presence of the sonnes of my people geue I it the to bury thy deede in. Genesis 23:12 Than Abraham bowed hym selfe before the people of the lande, Genesis 23:13 & spake vnto Ephron in the audience of the people of the contre saying: I pray the heare me, I wyll geue syluer for the felde, take it of me, & so wyl I bury my deed there. Genesis 23:14 Ephron answered Abraham sayinge vnto hym: Genesis 23:15 My Lorde, harken vnto me. The lande is worth .iiij. hundred sycles of syluer: but what is that betwyxte the and me? bury thy deed. Genesis 23:16 And Abraham harkened vnto Ephron & weyde him the syluer which he had sayde in the audience of the sonnes of Heth. Euen .iiij. hundred siluer sycles of currant money among marchauntes.

Genesis 23:17 Thus was the felde of Ephron where in the dubbyl caue is before Mamre: euen the felde and the caue that is therin and al the trees of the feld which growe in al the borders round about, made sure Genesis 23:18 vnto Abraham for a possessyon, in the syght of the chyldren of Beth, and of all that went in at the gates of the cite.

where Sarah was buried.

Genesis 23:19 And then Abraham buryed Sara hys wyfe in the double caue of the felde that lyeth before Mamre, otherwyse called Ebron in the land of Canaan. Genesis 23:20 And so both the felde and the caue that is therin, was made vnto Abraham a sure possessyon to bury in, of the sonnes of Beth.

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