23 Sarah lived to be one hundred twenty-seven years old [L such were the years of Sarah’s life]. 2 She died in Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron [C city nineteen miles south of Jerusalem]) in the land of Canaan. Abraham ·was very sad [mourned] and cried because of her. 3 After a while he got up from the side of his ·wife’s body [L dead] and went to talk to the Hittites [C one of the many groups that made up the population of Canaan at the time, notable in that they were not Semitic as the others were]. He said, 4 “I am only a ·stranger [sojourner; wanderer; resident alien] and a ·foreigner [settler; C the combination of terms indicates a resident alien] here. Sell me some ·of your land [property for a burial place] so that I can bury my ·dead wife [L dead].”
5 The Hittites answered Abraham, 6 “·Sir [My lord], you are a ·great leader [mighty prince; or prince of God; C a man of wealth and power even though he owned no land] among us. You may have the ·best [choicest] place we have to bury your dead. You may have any of our burying places that you want, and none of us will stop you from burying your ·dead wife [L dead].”
7 Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the Hittites. 8 He said to them, “If you truly ·want to help me [are willing for me to] bury my ·dead wife [L dead] here, ·speak to [entreat] Ephron, the son of Zohar for me. 9 Ask him to sell me the cave of Machpelah at the edge of his field. I will pay him the full price. You can be the witnesses that I am buying it as a burial place.”
10 Ephron was sitting among the Hittites at the city gate [C place where commercial transactions took place]. He answered Abraham [L in the hearing of the Hittites], 11 “No, ·sir [my Lord]. [L Hear me,] I will give you the ·land [field] and the cave that is in it, with these people as witnesses. Bury your ·dead wife [L dead].”
12 Then Abraham bowed down before the ·Hittites [L people of the land]. 13 He said to Ephron ·before [L in the hearing of] all the people, “·Please let me [L Listen to me. I will] pay you the full price for the field. Accept my money, and I will bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “·Sir [My Lord], [L Listen to me,] the land is worth ·ten pounds [L 400 shekels] of silver, ·but I won’t argue with you over the price [L what is that between you and me?]. Take the land, and bury your ·dead wife [L dead].”
16 Abraham ·agreed [listened] and paid Ephron in front of the Hittite witnesses. He weighed out the full price, ·ten pounds [L 400 shekels] of silver, and they counted the weight as the traders normally did.