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Genesis 23:5-7


23:5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, 1  23:6 “Listen, sir, 2  you are a mighty prince 3  among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you 4  from burying your dead.”

23:7 Abraham got up and bowed down to the local people, 5  the sons of Heth.

1 tn Heb “answered Abraham saying to him.”

2 tn Heb “Hear us, my lord.”

3 tn Heb “prince of God.” The divine name may be used here as a means of expressing the superlative, “mighty prince.” The word for “prince” probably means “tribal chief” here. See M. H. Gottstein, “Nasi’ ‘elohim (Gen 23:6),” VT 3 (1953) 298-99; and D. W. Thomas, “Consideration of Some Unusual Ways of Expressing the Superlative in Hebrew,” VT 3 (1953) 215-16.

4 tn The phrase “to prevent you” has been added in the translation for stylistic reasons.

5 tn Heb “to the people of the land” (also in v. 12).

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