Bishops' Bible

Genesis 23

The age and death of Sarah.

Genesis 23:1 Sara was an hudreth and seuen and twentie yere olde (so long liued she.) Genesis 23:2 And Sara dyed in Ciriath arba, the same is Hebron, in the lande of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourne for Sara, and to weepe for her.

The purchase of Machpelah,

Genesis 23:3 And Abraham stoode vp fro the sight of his corse, and talked with the sonnes of Heth, saying: Genesis 23:4 I am a straunger and a foriner amongest you: geue me a possession to bury in with you, that I may bury my corse out of my sight. Genesis 23:5 And the chyldren of Heth aunswered Abraham, saying vnto hym: Genesis 23:6 Heare vs my Lorde, thou art a prince of God amongest vs, in the chiefest of our sepulchres bury thy dead: none of vs shall forbyd thee his sepulchre, but thou mayest bury thy dead [therin.] Genesis 23:7 Abraham stoode vp and bowed hym selfe before the people of the lande, that is, the chyldren of Heth. Genesis 23:8 And he communed with them, saying: If it be your mynde that I shal bury my dead out of my sight, heare me, and speake for me to Ephron the sonne of Sohar, Genesis 23:9 That he may geue me the caue of Machpelah, whiche he hath in the ende of his fielde: but for as much money as it is worth shall he geue it me, for a possession to bury in amongest you. Genesis 23:10 (For Ephron dwelleth amongest the chyldren of Heth) and Ephron the Hethite aunswered Abraham in the audience of the chyldren of Heth, and of all that went in at the gates of his citie, saying: Genesis 23:11 Not so my Lord, heare me: the fielde geue I thee, and the caue that therin is geue I thee also, in the presence of the sonnes of my people geue I it thee, burye thy dead. Genesis 23:12 And Abraham bowed him selfe before the people of the lande. Genesis 23:13 And spake vnto Ephron in the audience of the people of the countrey, saying: yf thou wylt [geue it] then I pray thee heare me, I wyll geue syluer for the fielde, take it of me, and I will bury my dead therin. Genesis 23:14 Ephron aunswered Abraham, saying vnto hym: Genesis 23:15 My Lord, hearken vnto me, the lande is worth foure hundred sicles of siluer, what is that betwixt thee and me? bury therfore thy dead. Genesis 23:16 And Abraham hearkened vnto Ephron, and wayed him the siluer which he had sayde in the aundience of the sonnes of Heth, euen foure hundred syluer sicles of currant money amongest marchauntes.

Genesis 23:17 And the fielde of Ephron in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, eue the fielde and the caue that was therein, and all the trees that were in the fielde, and that were in al the borders rounde about, was made sure Genesis 23:18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the sight of the chyldren of Heth, before all that went in at the gates of the citie.

where Sarah was buried.

Genesis 23:19 After this dyd Abraham bury Sara his wyfe in the double caue of the fielde that lyeth before Mamre, the same is Hebron in the land of Chanaan. Genesis 23:20 And so both the fielde & the caue that is therein, was made vnto Abraham a sure possession to bury in, by the sonnes of Heth.

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