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Genesis Chapter 23

Genesis 23:3

gen 23:3

And Abraham (a) stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,

(a) That is, when he had mourned: so the godly may mourn if they do not pass measure, and the natural affection is commendable.

Genesis 23:6

gen 23:6

Hear us, my lord: thou [art] a (b) mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.

(b) That is godly or excellent: for so do the Hebrews speak of all things that are notable, because all excellency comes from God.

Genesis 23:10

gen 23:10

And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, [even] of all that (c) went in at the gate of his city, saying,

(c) Meaning all the citizens and inhabitants.

Genesis 23:12

gen 23:12

And Abraham (d) bowed down himself before the people of the land.

(d) To show that he had them in good estimation and reverence.

Genesis 23:15

gen 23:15

My lord, hearken unto me: the land [is worth] four hundred (e) shekels of silver; what [is] that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

(e) The common shekel is about 20 pence, so then 400 shekels is equal to 33 pounds, 6 shillings and 8 pence at 5 shilling sterling to the ounce.

Genesis 23:20

gen 23:20

And the field, and the cave that [is] therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace (f) by the sons of Heth.

(f) That is, all the people confirmed the sale.

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