The Death of Abraham
1Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
After Sarah’s death, Abraham took another wife, Keturah. The scripture here mentions that Keturah bore six children for Abraham and tells something about the descendants of the children she bore.
It is interesting to me that although Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac upon his death, while he was still living he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them to the east away from his son Isaac.
In those times, I’m sure it was customary for the eldest to inherit all that belonged to the father, and more particularly, children born of a wife would be assured of an inheritance while the children of the concubines would not. It seems that Abraham was very fair in giving gifts to the children who would not inherit and in sending them away so that there would be no conflict between them and Isaac after his death.
Abraham died after living a hundred and seventy-five years. He was buried by his two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, in a cave in the field Abraham had purchased from the Hittites. They buried him alongside Sarah for whom Abraham had purchased the burial place.
I am pleased by the implication that Ishmael, son of the handmaid, and Isaac, Sarah’s son were apparently both involved in the burial of their father even though there had been contention between the two mothers and two sons in the past.
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