Death of Sarah
1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty
years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in
the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and
to weep for her.
3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake
unto the sons of Heth, saying,
4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a
possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my
dead out of my sight.
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a 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.
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people
of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind
that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and
entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he
hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as
it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a
buryingplace amongst you.
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 went in at the gate of
his city, saying,
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the
cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the
sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the
people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray
thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it
of me, and I will bury my dead there.
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four
hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee?
bury therefore thy dead.
16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham
weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the
audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of
silver, current money with the merchant.
17 And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which
was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein,
and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all
the borders round about, were made sure
18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the
children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his
19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the
cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is
Hebron in the land of Canaan.
20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were
made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by
the sons of Heth.