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Genesis 23:4

Context
23:4 “I am a temporary settler 1  among you. Grant 2  me ownership 3  of a burial site among you so that I may 4  bury my dead.” 5 

Genesis 23:8

Context
23:8 Then he said to them, “If you agree 6  that I may bury my dead, 7  then hear me out. 8  Ask 9  Ephron the son of Zohar

1 tn Heb “a resident alien and a settler.”

2 tn Heb “give,” which is used here as an idiom for “sell” (see v. 9). The idiom reflects the polite bartering that was done in the culture at the time.

3 tn Or “possession.”

4 tn Following the imperative, the cohortative with the prefixed conjunction expresses purpose.

5 tn Heb “bury my dead out of my sight.” The last phrase “out of my sight” has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

6 tn Heb “If it is with your purpose.” The Hebrew noun נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) here has the nuance “purpose” or perhaps “desire” (see BDB 661 s.v. נֶפֶשׁ).

7 tn Heb “bury my dead out of my sight.” The last phrase “out of my sight” has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

8 tn Or “hear me.”

9 tn Heb “intercede for me with.”



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