Sarah lived to be a
hundred and twenty-seven years old.
She died at Kiriath Arba
(that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn
for Sarah and to weep over her.
Then Abraham rose from
beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He
“I am a foreigner and
stranger among you. Sell
me some property for a
burial site here so I can
bury my dead.”
The Hittites replied to Abraham,
“Sir, listen to us. You are
a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the
choicest of our tombs.
None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying
Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the
He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury
my dead, then listen to
me and intercede with
Ephron son of Zohar on
so he will sell me the
cave of Machpelah,
which belongs to him
and is at the end of his field.
Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a
burial site among you.”
Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people
and he replied to Abraham in the hearing
of all the Hittites who
had come to the gate of his city.
“No, my lord,” he said.
“Listen to me; I give you
the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people.
Bury your dead.”
Again Abraham bowed down before the people
of the land
and he said to Ephron in
their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay
the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”
Ephron answered Abraham, “Listen to me,
my lord; the land is worth
four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that
between you and me? Bury your dead.”
Abraham agreed to
Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the
hearing of the Hittites:
four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the
So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the
cave in it, and all the trees
within the borders of the
to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had
come to the gate of the city.
Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in
the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre
(which is at Hebron) in
the land of Canaan.
So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites
as a burial site.
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