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Genesis 23:9

23:9 if he will sell 1  me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me publicly 2  for the full price, 3  so that I may own it as a burial site.”

Genesis 23:13

23:13 and said to Ephron in their hearing, “Hear me, if you will. I pay 4  to you the price 5  of the field. Take it from me so that I may 6  bury my dead there.”

Genesis 23:16


23:16 So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price 7  and weighed 8  out for him 9  the price 10  that Ephron had quoted 11  in the hearing of the sons of Heth – 400 pieces of silver, according to the standard measurement at the time. 12 

1 tn Heb “give.” This is used here (also a second time later in this verse) as an idiom for “sell”; see the note on the word “grant” in v. 4.

2 tn Heb “in your presence.”

3 tn Heb “silver.”

4 tn Heb “give.”

5 tn Heb “silver.”

6 tn After the imperative, the cohortative with the prefixed conjunction expresses purpose or result.

7 tn Heb “listened to Ephron.”

8 tn Heb “and Abraham weighed out.”

9 tn Heb “to Ephron.” The proper name has been replaced by the pronoun (“him”) in the translation for stylistic reasons.

10 tn Heb “silver.”

11 tn Heb “that he had spoken.” The referent (Ephron) has been specified here in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.

12 tn Heb “passing for the merchant.” The final clause affirms that the measurement of silver was according to the standards used by the merchants of the time.

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