Genesis 23:12
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New International Version
Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land

New Living Translation
Abraham again bowed low before the citizens of the land,

English Standard Version
Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.

Berean Study Bible
Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land

New American Standard Bible
And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.

King James Bible
And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

Christian Standard Bible
Abraham bowed down to the people of the land

Contemporary English Version
Once again, Abraham bowed down

Good News Translation
But Abraham bowed before the Hittites

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abraham bowed down to the people of the land

International Standard Version
Abraham bowed before the people of the land

NET Bible
Abraham bowed before the local people

New Heart English Bible
Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham bowed down again in front of the people of that region.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.

New American Standard 1977
And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

American King James Version
And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

American Standard Version
And Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abraham bowed down before the people of the land,

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham bowed down before the people of the land;

English Revised Version
And Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham bowed himself before the people of the land.

World English Bible
Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham boweth himself before the people of the land,
Study Bible
The Death and Burial of Sarah
11“No, my lord. Listen to me. I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.” 12Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13and said to Ephron in their presence, “If you will please listen to me, I will pay you the price of the field. Accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there.”…
Cross References
Genesis 23:11
"No, my lord. Listen to me. I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead."

Genesis 23:13
and said to Ephron in their presence, "If you will please listen to me, I will pay you the price of the field. Accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there."

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And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

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(12) Abraham bowed down.--This obeisance on the patriarch's part is the Oriental method of returning thanks for the granting of a request; and so in Genesis 23:7. The next step is to fix the price.

Verses 12, 13. - And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. To express his sense of their kindness, and appreciation of Ephron's offer in particular; aider which he courteously but firmly urged forward the contemplated purchase. And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me. Literally, if thou, I would that thou wouldst hear me, the two particles אִם and לוּ being conjoined to express the intensity of the speaker's desire. I will give thee money for the field. Literally, money of the field, i.e. the value of the field in money. This seems to indicate that Abraham at least imagined Ephron's offer of the field and cave as a gift to be not wholly formal. Had he regarded Ephron as all the while desirous of a sale, he would not have employed the language of entreaty. Take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. Showing hereby great respect, and giving much honour both to them and Ephron; and signifying that he had something to say, and desired audience of them, and humbly submitted to them what he should say. 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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