Genesis chapter 23 recounts Sarah’s death and Abraham’s search for a burial site for her.
Sarah’s Death and Mourning
Genesis 23:1 – Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of her life.
After a long and blessed life, Sarah passes away at 127, deeply affecting Abraham.
Genesis 23:2 – Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (Hebron) in Canaan, and Abraham mourned and wept for her.
Sarah dies in Hebron, Canaan, leading Abraham to mourn and weep for her.
Abraham’s Request for a Burial Site
Genesis 23:3-4 – Abraham spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, “I am a foreigner. Give me a burial place.”
Abraham, recognizing his foreigner status, asks the sons of Heth for a burial site.
Genesis 23:9 – Give me the cave of Machpelah. I will pay the full price.
Abraham specifically requests the cave of Machpelah and offers to pay its full price.
Negotiations and Purchase
Genesis 23:16 – Abraham listened to Ephron and paid him four hundred shekels of silver.
Abraham negotiates with Ephron and pays him four hundred shekels of silver.
Genesis 23:20 – The field and the cave were deeded to Abraham as a burial place.
The sons of Heth fulfill their agreement, transferring the field and cave to Abraham.
Genesis chapter 23 showcases Abraham’s deep respect for Sarah and his determination to provide her a proper burial. By reading the New King James Version, we gain a clearer understanding of this story.