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presence of the sons of my people that is therein were made sure give I it thee : * bury thy dead. unto Abraham, for a possession

12 And Abraham bowed down of a burying-place, by the sons himself before the people of the of Heth. land. 13 And he spake unto Ephron

CHAP. XXIV. in the audience of the people of. 1 Abraham sendeth his servant to the land, saying, But if thou wilt

get a wife for his son Isaac. 58 give it, I pray thee hear me: I

He obtaineth Rebekah. 62 Isaac will give thee money for the field; meeteth her. take it of me, and I will bury my. AND Abraham was old and I well dead there.

14 And Ephron answered Abra- stricken in age: and the LORD had ham, saying unto him,

blessed Abraham in all things. I 15 My lord, hearken unto me: 2 And Abraham said unto his The land is worth four hundred eldest servant of his house, that shekels of silver; $ what is that ruled over all that he had, Put, I betwixt me and thee? bury there- pray thee, thy hand under my fore thy dead.

thigh : 16 And Abraham hearkened unto 3 And I will make thee swear Ephron, I and Abraham weighed by the LORD, the God of heaven, to Ephron the silver, which he and the God of the earth, that thou had named in the audience of the shalt not take a wife unto my son sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of the daughters of the Canaanites of silver, current money with the amongst whom I dwel) : ** merchant.

4 But thou shalt go unto my 17. | And the field of Ephron' country, and to my kindred, and which was in Machpelah, which take a wife unto my son Isaac.. was before Mamre, the field and 5 And the servant said unto him, the cave which was therein, and . Peradventure the woman will not all the trees that were in the field, be willing to follow me unto this that were in all the borders round land: must I needs bring thy son about, were made sure,

again unto the land from whence 18 Unto Abraham for a possess- thou, cámest ? : ion, in the presence of the children 6 And Abraham said unto him, of Heth, before all that went in Beware thou, that thou bring not, at the gate of his city.

my son thither again. 19 And after this, "Abraham 79 The LORD God of heaven $$ buried Sarah his wife in the cave which took me from my father's of the field of Machpelah, before house, and from the land of my Mamre; the same is Hebron in kindred, and which spake unto the land of Canaan,

me, and that sware unte 20 And the field and the cave saying, Unto thy seed will I give * All are witnesses of the act, and therefore without any farther hesitation bury thy dead. $ And which is but a trifle between two such friends, both of whom are in flourishing circumstances.

That'is, Abraham understood by what Ephron had said, that he valued the land at four hundred shekels, as the price he would take for it; and therefore, Abraham immediately weighed to Ephron the silver.

|| Heb. Gone into days. In age, riches and honour : so that all persons were desirous of his alliance in marriage with his son Isaac, but he would accept of none but his own family.

** For as all nations were to be blessed in his seed," he was not willing that his son should marry a daughter of the Canaanites, who were accursed from the mouth of Noah; as we find in chap. i. verse 25, « Cursed be Canaan.”

SÞ In verse 3, he says, the God of heaven and the God of the earth; and in this, he only says, the God of heaven: the intention of which is to inform us, that, at the time that God took him from

me,

בְנֵי־עַמִּי נְתַתִּיהָ לֶךְ קְבֹר מֵתֵךְ : 12 וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַבְרָהָם לִפְנֵי עַם־הָאָרֶץ : 13 וַיְדַבֵּר אֶל-עֶפְרוֹן בְּאָזְנִי עַם־ הָאָרֶץ לֵאמר אַךְ אִם־אַתָּה לִי שְׁמָעֶנִי נָתַתִּי כֶסֶף הַשָּׂדֶה קַח מִמֶנִי וְאֶקְבְּרֶה אֶת-מֵתִי שָׁמָּה: 14 וַיַּעַן עֶפְרָוֹן אֶת־אַבְרָהָם לֵאמֹר לֹוֹ : 15 אֲדֹנִי שְׁמָעֵנִי אֶרֶץ אַרְבַּע מֵאת שֶׁקֶל כֶּסֶף בֵּינִי וּבֵינְךָ מַה־הִוא וְאֶת־ מֵתִךְ קֶלֶך : 16 וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָהָם אֶל-עֶפְרוֹן וַיִּשְׁקְל

אַבְרָהָם לְעֶפְרֹן אֶת־הַכֶּסֶף אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בְּאָזְנֵי בְנֵי־חֵת שני אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שֶׁקֶל כֶּסֶף עבֵר לַכֹּתֵר : 17 וַיָּקָםישְׂרֵה

עֶפְרוֹן אֲשֶׁר בַּמַכְפֵּלָה אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי מַמְרֵא הַשָּׂדֶה וְהַמְּעָרָה אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ וְכָל־הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר בַּשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בְּכָל־ גְבלו סָבִיב : 18 לְאַבְרָהָם לְמִקְנָה לְעֵינֵי בְנֵי-חֵת בְּכָל בָּאֵי שַׁעַר עִירוֹ : 19 וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן קָבַר אַבְרָהָם אֶת־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ, אֶל-מְעָרַת שָׂדֶה הַמַּכְפַּלֶה עַל־פְּנֵי מַמְרֵא הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן: 20 וַיָּקָם הַשָּׂדֶה וְהַמְעָרָה אֲשֶׁר־בָּוֹ לְאַבְרָהָם לַאֲחוּת־־קָבֶר מֵאֵת בְּנֵי־־חַת :

וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיְהוָה בֵּרַךְ אֶת־אַבְרָהָם בַּבְּל : 2 וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־עַבְדּוֹ זְקֵן בֵּיתוֹ הַמשל בְּכָל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ שִׂים־נָא יָדְךָ, תַּחַת יָרֵכַי : 3 וְאַשְׁבִּיעַךְ בַּיהוָה אֱלֹהֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם וֵאלֹהֵי הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר לֹא־תִקְח אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מִבְּנוֹת הַכְּנַעֲנִי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי יוֹשֵׁב בְּקִרְבּוֹ :

כִּי אֶל־אַרְצִי וְאֶל־מוֹלַדְתִּי תִּלֶךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשֶׁה לִבְנִי לְיִצְחָק: 5 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הָעֶבֶד אוּלַי לֹא־תאבֶה הָאִשָּׁה לָלֶכֶת אַחֲרֵי אֶל־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת הֶהָשֵׁב אָשִׁיב אֶת־ בִּנְךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יָצָאתָ מִשָּׁם: 6 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלֶיי אַבְרָהָם הִשָּׁמֶר לְךְ פֶּן־תָּשִׁיב אֶת־־בְּנֵי שָׁמָּה : ד יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם אֲשֶׁר לְקָחֵנִי מִבֵּית אָבִי וּמֵאֶרֶ מוֹלַדְתִּי וַאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר־לִי וַאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע־לִי לֵאמֹר לְזַרְעֲךָ

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his young men, and they rose with you : give me a possession up, and went together to Beer- of a burying-place with you, that sheba, and Abraham dwelt at I may bury, my dead out of my Beer-sheba.

sight. I 20 And it came to pass after 5 And the children of Heth these things, it that it was told answered Abraham, saying unto the brother Nahorn children unto she hath also born children unto 6 Hear us, my-lord; || thou art

a mighty prince amongst us; 21 Huz his first-born, and Buz in the choice of our sepulchres his brother, and Kemuel the father bury thy dead: none of us shall of Aram.

Ora withhold from thee his sepulchre, 22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and but that thou mayest bury, thy Pildash, and Jidlaph and Bethuel. dead.

23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah : 7. And Abraham, stood up, and thesė eight Milcah did bear to bowed himself to the people of Nahor Abraham's brother. 24 And his concubine, whose. Heth.

the land, even to the children of s whose

othec name was Reumah, she bare also. 8 And he communed with them, Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, saying, If it be your mind that I and Maachahsrc: 81 Berrshould bury my dead out of my

sight, ** hear me, and intreat for CHAP. XXIII. Ti: mne to Ephron thé son of Zoar: 1 Sarah's age and death. 3 The 9 That he may give me the cave purchase of Machpelah, 19 where of Machpelah, which he hath, Sarah was buried., micri for as much money 89 as it is worth

which is in the end of his field; an hundred seven and twenty years old : these ion of a burying-place amongst

de , a were the years of the life of Sarah.

you. 2 And Sarah died in : Kirjath- 10 And Ephron dwelt amongst arbay the same is Hebron in the the children of Heth. And Ephron land of Canaan: 'and" Abraham the Hittite answered Abraham in came to mourn for Sarah, S. and Lthe audience' ff of the children of to weep for her.

Heth, even of all that went in at 39 And Abraham stood up from the gates of his city, 'saying, before his dead, and spake unto 11 Nay, my lord, hear me: The the sons of Heth, saying,

field give I thee, and the cave that 4I am a stranger and a sojourner is therein, I give it thee; in the

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* This seems to be recorded on purpose to inform us,' that God had provided a wise for Isaac' from Abraham's own family; that he might have no necessity of marrying into the families of the surrounding nations.

$ It is the received opinion, that Abraham was informed of her death as he was coming from mount Moriah, before he could reach Beer-sheba where he meant to settle.

$ Heb. From before me, I have met with a curious observation on this speech; for, grammatically, they ought to have said our LORD, as it is spoken by the children of Heth: but, saith the observer, “though a man, in his private capacity, may style another his lord, yet, when he represents an assembly, he has no right to title him lord over them.”

Heb. A prince of God':--and not a stranger and sojourner as thou hast said, and therefore in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead. ** If ye really mean,

ye have said, then intreat for me to Ephron that he will sell me the cave. OS Heb. Full silver.

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