Genesis 23:8
New International Version
He said to them, "If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf

New Living Translation
and said, “Since you are willing to help me in this way, be so kind as to ask Ephron son of Zohar

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar,

Berean Study Bible
“If you are willing for me to bury my dead,” he said to them, “listen to me, and approach Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf

King James Bible
And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

New King James Version
And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

New American Standard Bible
And he spoke with them, saying, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me, and plead with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

NASB 1995
And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is your wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

NASB 1977
And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

Amplified Bible
And Abraham said to them, “If you are willing to grant my dead a [proper] burial, listen to me, and plead with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

Christian Standard Bible
He said to them, “If you are willing for me to bury my dead, listen to me and ask Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to them, "If you are willing for me to bury my dead, listen to me and ask Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf

American Standard Version
And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam spoke to them, saying, If ye have it in your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hearken to me, and speak for me to Ephron the son Saar.

Contemporary English Version
and replied, "If you are willing to let me bury my wife here, please ask Zohar's son Ephron

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said to them: If it please your soul that I should bury my dead, hear me, and intercede for me to Ephron the son of Seor.

English Revised Version
And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

Good News Translation
and said, "If you are willing to let me bury my wife here, please ask Ephron son of Zohar

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said to them, "If you are willing to let me bury my wife, listen to me. Encourage Ephron, son of Zohar,

International Standard Version
and addressed them, "If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me and make a request of Zohar's son Ephron on my behalf.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he spoke with them, saying: 'If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

Literal Standard Version
and he speaks with them, saying, “If it is your desire to bury my dead from before me, hear me, and meet for me with Ephron, son of Zoar;

NET Bible
Then he said to them, "If you agree that I may bury my dead, then hear me out. Ask Ephron the son of Zohar

New Heart English Bible
He talked with them, saying, "If you agree that I may remove my dead for burial, hear me, and approach Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

World English Bible
He talked with them, saying, "If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

Young's Literal Translation
and he speaketh with them, saying, 'If it is your desire to bury my dead from before me, hear me, and meet for me with Ephron, son of Zoar;

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The Death and Burial of Sarah
7Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. 8“If you are willing for me to bury my dead,” he said to them, listen to me, and approach Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf 9to sell me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me in your presence for full price, so that I may have a burial site.”…

Cross References
Genesis 23:7
Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.

Genesis 23:9
to sell me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me in your presence for full price, so that I may have a burial site."

Genesis 25:9
His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite.


Treasury of Scripture

And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

intreat.

1 Kings 2:17
And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife.

Luke 7:3,4
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant…

Hebrews 7:26
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;









Verses 8, 9. - And he communed with them, saying, If it be year mind - literally, if it be with your souls, the word nephesh being used in this sense in Psalm 27:12; Psalm 41:3; Psalm 105:22 - that I should bury my dead out of my might; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar. The ruler of the city (Keil); but this is doubtful (Lange). "There is scarcely anything in the habits of Orientals more annoying to us Occidentals than this universal custom of employing mediators to pass between you and-those with whom you wish to do business. Nothing can be done without them. A merchant cannot sell a piece of print, nor a farmer a yoke of oxen, nor any one rent a house, buy a horse, or get a wife, without a succession of go-betweens. Of course Abraham knew that this matter of the field could not be brought about without the intervention of the neighbors of Ephron, and therefore he applies to them first" ('Land and Book,' p. 579). That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, - Machpelah is regarded as a proper noun (Gesenius, Keil, Kalisch, Rosenmüller), as in Genesis 49:30, though by others it is considered as an appellative, signifying that the cave was double (LXX., Vulgate), either as consisting of a cave within a cave (Hamerus), or of one cave exterior and another interior (Abort Ezra), or as having room for two bodies (Calvin), or as possessing two entrances (Jewish interpreters). It is probable the cave received its name from its peculiar form, - which he hath (Ephron s ownership of the cave is expressly recognized, and its situation is next described), which is in the end of his field - "so that the cession of it will not injure his property" (Wordsworth). At the same time Abraham makes it clear that an honest purchase is what he contemplates. For as much money as it is worth - literally, for full silver (1 Chronicles 21:22). Cf. siller (Scotch) for money. This is the first mention of the use of the precious metals as a medium of exchange, though they must have been so employed at a very early period (vide Genesis 13:2) - he shall give it me for a possession of a burying-place amongst you. The early Chaldaeans were accustomed to bury their dead in strongly-constructed brick vaults. Those found at Mughheir are seven feet long, three feet seven inches broad, and five feet high, are composed of sun-dried bricks embedded in mud, and exhibit a remarkable form and construction of arch, resembling that occur ring in Egyptian buildings and Scythian tombs, in which the successive layers of brick are made to overlap until they come so close that the aperture may be covered by a single brick (Rawlinson's 'Ancient Monarchies,' Vol. 1. p. 86). In the absence of such artificial receptacles for the dead, the nearest substitute the patriarch could obtain was one of those natural grottoes which the limestone hills of Canaan so readily afforded.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you are willing
נַפְשְׁכֶ֗ם (nap̄·šə·ḵem)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

for me to bury
לִקְבֹּ֤ר (liq·bōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6912: To inter

my dead,”
מֵתִי֙ (mê·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

he said
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר (way·ḏab·bêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to them,
אִתָּ֖ם (’it·tām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

“listen to me,
שְׁמָע֕וּנִי (šə·mā·‘ū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

and approach
וּפִגְעוּ־ (ū·p̄iḡ·‘ū-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6293: To impinge, by accident, violence, by importunity

Ephron
בְּעֶפְר֥וֹן (bə·‘ep̄·rō·wn)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6085: Ephron -- a Hittite, also a mountain and a place in Israel

son
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of Zohar
צֹֽחַר׃ (ṣō·ḥar)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6714: Zohar -- a Hittite, also two Israelites

on my behalf
לִ֖י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew


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