New International Version
The Hittites replied to Abraham,
King James Bible
And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
World English Bible
The children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Heth answer Abraham, saying to him,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am a stranger and a sojourner - It appears from Hebrews 11:13-16; 1 Peter 2:11, that these words refer more to the state of his mind than of his body. He felt that he had no certain dwelling place, and was seeking by faith a city that had foundations.
Give me a possession of a burying place - It has been remarked that in different nations it was deemed ignominious to be buried in another's ground; probably this prevailed in early times in the east, and it may be in reference to a sentiment of this kind that Abraham refuses to accept the offer of the children of Heth to bury in any of their sepulchers, and earnestly requests them to sell him one, that he might bury his wife in a place that he could claim as his own.
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LibraryYet it Follows not that the Bodies of the Departed are to be Despised...
5. Yet it follows not that the bodies of the departed are to be despised and flung aside, and above all of just and faithful men, which bodies as organs and vessels to all good works their spirit hath holily used. For if a father's garment and ring, and whatever such like, is the more dear to those whom they leave behind, the greater their affection is towards their parents, in no wise are the bodies themselves to be spurned, which truly we wear in more familiar and close conjunction than any of …
St. Augustine—On Care to Be Had for the Dead.
Man's Chief End
Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,
"I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."
"Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead."
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