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Genesis, Chapter 23 vs. 12-20 with Betty

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 12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.

14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,

15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.

17 And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure

18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.

20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Even though Ephron offered the burial place Abraham requested for Sarah’s burial, Abraham once again offered to pay the price.

It may be that Ephron was not altogether eager to give the land away for nothing but felt it was his duty to his king to keep the peace.  When Abraham offered once more to pay for the burial place, Ephron told him what it was worth—while yet again offering to give it to Abraham.

Abraham then counted the price that Ephron had named and paid a fair price for the land.

The burial place was therefore deeded to Abraham in the sight of witnesses and there he buried his wife.

Betty Killebrew

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