Genesis 23:4
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New International Version
"I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."

New Living Translation
"Here I am, a stranger and a foreigner among you. Please sell me a piece of land so I can give my wife a proper burial."

English Standard Version
“I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am a foreign resident among you. Give me a burial site among you so that I can bury my dead."

International Standard Version
"I am an alien and an outsider among you. Give me a cemetery among you where I can bury my dead away from my presence."

NET Bible
"I am a temporary settler among you. Grant me ownership of a burial site among you so that I may bury my dead."

New Heart English Bible
"I am a stranger and a foreigner living with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm a stranger with no permanent home. Let me have some of your property for a tomb so that I can bury my dead wife."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.'

New American Standard 1977
“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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

American King James Version
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burial plot with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

American Standard Version
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am a stranger and sojourner among you: give me the right of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead.

Darby Bible Translation
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a sepulchre with you, that I may bury my dead from before me.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

World English Bible
"I am a stranger and a foreigner living with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."

Young's Literal Translation
A sojourner and a settler I am with you; give to me a possession of a burying-place with you, and I bury my dead from before me.'
Study Bible
The Death and Burial of Sarah
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." 5The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,…
Cross References
Acts 7:16
Their bones were carried back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a price he paid in silver.

Hebrews 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Hebrews 11:13
All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised. However, they saw them and welcomed them from afar. And they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Genesis 17:8
"I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."

Genesis 23:5
The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,

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.

Exodus 2:22
Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."

Leviticus 25:23
The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

1 Chronicles 29:15
"For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers.
Treasury of Scripture

I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burial plot with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

stranger.

Genesis 17:8 And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein …

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for you …

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace …

Psalm 105:12,13 When they were but a few men in number; yes, very few, and strangers in it…

Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

Hebrews 11:9,13-16 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

buryingplace.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

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

Genesis 50:13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him …

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed …

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that …

Ecclesiastes 12:5,7 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall …

Acts 7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on…

bury.

Genesis 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the …

(4) A possession of a buryingplace.--While strangers might pasture their cattle upon the open downs, yet the consent of the natives seems to have been necessary before Abraham could occupy any spot permanently (Genesis 15:13; Genesis 20:15). He now wanted even more, and for the actual appropriation of any portion of the soil a public compact and purchase was required, which must be ratified not merely by the seller but by the consent of all the tribe, convened in full assembly at the gate of the city. Thus, in spite of his power and wealth, Abraham, as regards his legal position towards the inhabitants, was but a stranger and sojourner (Hebrews 11:9), and could secure a resting- place for his dead only by their consent.

Verse 4. - I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Ger, one living out of his own country, and Thoshabh, one dwelling in a land in which he is not naturalized; advena et peregrinus (Vulgate); πάροικος καὶ παρ ἐπίδημος (LXX.). This confession of the heir of Canaan was a proof that he sought, as his real inheritance, a better country, even an heavenly (Hebrews 11:13). Give me a possession of a burying-place with you. The first mention of a grave in Scripture, the word in Hebrew signifying a hole in the earth, or a mound, according as the root is taken to mean to dig (Furst) or to heap up (Gesenius). Abraham's desire for a grave m which to deposit Sarah's lifeless remains was dictated by that Divinely planted and, among civilized nations, universally prevailing reverence for the body which prompts men to decently dispose of their dead by rites of honorable sepulture. The burning of corpses was a practice common to the nations of antiquity; but Tacitus notes it as characteristic of the Jews that they preferred interment to cremation ('Hist.,' 5:5). The wish to make Sarah's burying-place his own possession has been traced to the instinctive desire that most nations have evinced to lie in ground belonging to themselves (Rosenmüller), to an intention on the part of the patriarch to give a sign of his right and title to the land of Canaan by purchasing a grave in its soil - cf. Isaiah 22:16 (Bush), or simply to anxiety that his dead might not lie unburied (Calvin); but it was more probably due to his strong faith that the land would yet belong to his descendants, which naturally led him to crave a resting-place in the soil with which the hopes of both himself and people were identified (Ainsworth, Bush, Kalisch). That I may bury my dead out of my sight - decay not suffering the lifeless corpse to remain a fit spectacle for grief or love to gaze on. I am a stranger and a sojourner with you,.... Not a native of the place, only dwelt as a sojourner among them for a time; but had not so much as a foot of ground he could call his own, and consequently had no place to inter his dead:

give me a possession of a buryingplace with you; not that he desired it as a free gift, but that he might be allowed to make a purchase of a piece of ground to bury his dead in; so the Targum of Jonathan,"sell me a possession,'' &c. Genesis 23:9; and this he was the rather desirous of, not only because it was according to the rules of humanity, and the general custom of all nations, to provide for the burial of their dead; but he was willing to have such a place in the land of Canaan for this purpose, to strengthen his faith and the faith of his posterity, and to animate their hope and expectation of being one day put into the possession of it; hence the patriarchs in later times, as Jacob and Joseph, were desirous of having their hones laid there:

that I may bury my dead out of my sight; for, though Sarah was a very lovely person in her life, and greatly desirable by Abraham, yet death had changed her countenance and was turning her into corruption, which rendered her unpleasant, and began to make her loathsome; so that there was a necessity of removing her out of his sight, who before had been so very agreeable to him; and this is the case of the dearest relation and friend at death. 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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