Genesis 23:12
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

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

New King James Version
Then Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land;

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

NASB 1995
And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.

NASB 1977
And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.

Amplified Bible
Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam did obeisance before the people of the land.

Contemporary English Version
Once again, Abraham bowed down

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

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

Good News Translation
But Abraham bowed before the Hittites

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

International Standard Version
Abraham bowed before the people of the land

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

Literal Standard Version
And Abraham bows himself 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
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."


Treasury of Scripture

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

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Genesis 23:7
And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.

Genesis 18:2
And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

Genesis 19:1
And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;









(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.

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Lexicon
Again Abraham
אַבְרָהָ֔ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

bowed down
וַיִּשְׁתַּ֙חוּ֙ (way·yiš·ta·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7812: To depress, prostrate

before
לִפְנֵ֖י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

the people
עַ֥ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

of the land
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land


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