Genesis 23:3
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New International Version
Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,

New Living Translation
Then, leaving her body, he said to the Hittite elders,

English Standard Version
And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites,

New American Standard Bible
Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

King James Bible
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Abraham got up from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites:"

International Standard Version
Then Abraham stood up from beside his dead wife and addressed the Hittites. He said,

NET Bible
Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and said to the sons of Heth,

New Heart English Bible
Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abraham left the side of his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke unto the children of Heth, saying:

New American Standard 1977
Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham stood up from before his dead and spoke unto the sons of Heth, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke unto the sons of Heth, saying,

American King James Version
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

American Standard Version
And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spake unto the children of Heth, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after he rose up from the funeral obsequies, he spoke to the children of Heth, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

English Revised Version
And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spake unto the children of Heth, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

World English Bible
Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham riseth up from the presence of his dead, and speaketh unto the sons of Heth, saying,
Study Bible
The Death and Burial of Sarah
2Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 4"I am a stranger and a sojourner among you; give me a burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight."…
Cross References
Genesis 10:15
Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth

Genesis 15:20
and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim

Genesis 25:10
the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife.

Genesis 49:30
in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.

1 Samuel 26:6
Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, saying, "Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?" And Abishai said, "I will go down with you."
Treasury of Scripture

And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

Heth.

Genesis 23:5,7 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him…

Genesis 10:15 And Canaan begat Sidon his first born, and Heth,

Genesis 25:10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was …

Genesis 27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters …

Genesis 49:30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, …

1 Samuel 26:6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai …

2 Samuel 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

(3) Abraham stood up from before his dead.--His first care on arriving at Hebron had been to prostrate himself in Sarah's tent, and give utterance to his grief. Only after this he rises to prepare for her burial.

The sons of Heth.--Up to this time we have read only of Amorites, Mamre and his toothers, at Hebron. It now appears that it was the property of the Hittites, a race who, while the Israelites sojourned in Egypt, became so powerful as to contend for empire with the Egyptians themselves. Their capital was Emesa in Northern Syria, and their history is now being made known to us not only by means of Egyptian records, but also of inscriptions in their own language (See Note on Genesis 10:15).

Verse 3. - And Abraham stood up - during the days of mourning he had been sitting on the ground; and now, his grief having moderated (Calvin), he goes out to the city gate - from before (literally, from over the face of) his dead, - "Sarah, though dead, was still his" (Wordsworth) - and spake unto the sons of Heth. - the Hittites were descendants of Heth, the son of Canaan (vide Genesis 10:15). Cf. "daughters of Heth" (Genesis 27:46) and "daughters of Canaan" (Genesis 28:1) - saying. And Abraham stood up from before his dead,.... The corpse of Sarah, by which he sat pensive and mourning, perhaps upon the ground, as was the custom of mourners, Job 1:13; where having sat awhile, he rose up and went out of the tent, to provide for the funeral of his wife as became him:

and spake unto the sons of Heth; the descendants of Heth the son of Canaan, see Genesis 10:15; who were at this time the inhabitants and proprietors of that part of the land where Abraham now was: saying; as follows: Ge 23:3-20. Purchase of a Burying-Place.

3. Abraham stood up, etc.—Eastern people are always provided with family burying-places; but Abraham's life of faith—his pilgrim state—had prevented him acquiring even so small a possession (Ac 7:5).

spake unto the sons of Heth—He bespoke their kind offices to aid him in obtaining possession of a cave that belonged to Ephron—a wealthy neighbor.23:1-13 The longest life must shortly come to a close. Blessed be God that there is a world where sin, death, vanity, and vexation cannot enter. Blessed be his name, that even death cannot part believers from union with Christ. Those whom we most love, yea, even our own bodies, which we so care for, must soon become loathsome lumps of clays, and be buried out of sight. How loose then should we be to all earthly attachments and adornments! Let us seek rather that our souls be adorned with heavenly graces. Abraham rendered honour and respect to the princes of Heth, although of the ungodly Canaanites. The religion of the Bible enjoins to pay due respect to all in authority, without flattering their persons, or countenancing their crimes if they are unworthy characters. And the noble generosity of these Canaanites shames and condemns the closeness, selfishness, and ill-humour of many that call themselves Israelites. It was not in pride that Abraham refused the gift, because he scorned to be beholden to Ephron; but in justice and in prudence. Abraham was able to pay for the field, and therefore would not take advantage of Ephron's generosity. Honesty, as well as honour, forbids us to take advantage of our neighbour's liberality, and to impose, upon those who give freely.
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