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."
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.
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.
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.'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you - Therefore I am unprovided, and must become a suiter to you for a burying - place. This was one occasion which Abraham took to confess that he was a stranger and a pilgrim upon earth. The death of our relations should effectually mind us that we are not at home in this world. That I may bury my dead out of my sight - Death will make those unpleasant to our sight, who while they lived were the desire of our eyes. The countenance that was fresh and lively becomes pale and ghastly, and fit to be removed into the land of darkness.
Their bodies were taken to Shechem and buried in the tomb Abraham had bought for a certain price from Hamor's sons in Shechem.
And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith--for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.
All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.
And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God."
The Hittites replied to Abraham,
This is the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a permanent burial site.
Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, "I have been a foreigner in a foreign land."
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