Genesis 23:1-20 Death & Burial of Sarah
lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of
Sarah. 2 So Sarah died in
Kirjath Arba (that is,
3 Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 4 "I am a foreigner and a sojourner among you. Give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 "Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead."
7 Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he has, which is at the end of his field. Let him give it to me at the full price, as property for a burial place among you."
10 Now Ephron dwelt among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the presence of the sons of Heth, all who entered at the gate of his city, saying, 11 "No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of the sons of my people. I give it to you. Bury your dead!"
12 Then Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land; 13 and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, "If you will give it, please hear me. I will give you money for the field; take it from me and I will bury my dead there."
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 "My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver. What is that between you and me? So bury your dead."
16 And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants.
17 So the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was
before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that
were in the field, which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded 18 to Abraham as a
possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who 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 (that is,
Abraham had moved back from
Y At the time of the death of Sarah she was 127-years old, Abraham was 137-years old and Isaac was 37-years old
Abraham was not a holder of real-estate in the
Y When the time came to bury Sarah, Abraham approached the people of the land and negotiated the purchase of the field and cave of Machpelah [means double] publicly so there would be a record that the tract of land was his by right of purchase.
Y And it is still to this day recognized as the burial plot of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and their wives.
The land had belonged to Ephron the Hittite of
the families that God commanded the people of