The Death of Sarah
1And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
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.
3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
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.
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
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.
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
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,
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.
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,
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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Sarah died when she was a hundred and twenty seven years while in the land of Canaan, where lived the Hittites.
When Sarah died, Abraham sought to buy a burial place from the Hittites; but they had great respect for Abraham and offered him his choice of tombs to bury his dead. That being so, Abraham requested a certain cave, belonging to Ephron and once again he offered full price for the place to bury Sarah.
Ephron offered to give him that particular place for Sarah burial.
As I read this, I realize that in many circumstances, as Abraham travels from place to place, as of yet having no country of his own, he is tactful in his dealings with the natives of the lands he inhabits. With the power of the Lord behind him, he undoubtedly could have taken whatever land he pleased and annihilated any who resisted, but Abraham was a man of peace who sought harmony in his dealings with those he dwelt among during his travels.
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