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1. Mosebog 23:1-20

Abraham køber jord i Kana’an

1Sara blev 127 år gammel. 2Hun døde i Kirjat-Arba, det vil sige Hebron, i Kana’ans land, og Abraham græd og sørgede over hendes død. 3Da han havde rejst sig fra hendes dødsleje, sagde han til de ledende mænd blandt hittitterne: 4„Jeg bor jo her hos jer som fremmed, men jeg vil gerne have et sted, hvor jeg kan begrave min kone.” 5-6„Vi har stor respekt for dig,” svarede de, „for du er en rig og mægtig mand. Begrav du blot din kone i et af vores bedste gravsteder. Ingen af os vil nægte dig en gravplads.”

7Da bøjede Abraham sig ærbødigt ned for dem 8og sagde: „Hvis I kan acceptere, at jeg steder min kone til hvile i jeres land, vil jeg bede jer om at lægge et godt ord ind for mig hos Efron, Sohars søn. 9Jeg ønsker at købe Makpela-klippehulen for enden af hans mark. Jeg vil betale den pris han forlanger, og I skal være vidner til vores handel.”

10Efron, der indtil nu havde siddet tavs blandt de øvrige hittitter, svarede Abraham, så alle de andre ledere, som sad der ved byporten, kunne høre det: 11„Nej, hør nu her, min herre, jeg vil da forære dig klippehulen—og marken med! De omkringsiddende her skal være vidner på, at jeg giver dig det hele i dag. Gå blot hen og begrav din kone.”

12Igen bøjede Abraham sig for landets ledende mænd, 13og i alles påhør sagde han til Efron: „Nej, hør her. Jeg vil betale fuld pris for marken! Tag venligst imod mit tilbud, så jeg kan gå hen og begrave den døde.”

14-15„Nej, hør nu på mig, min herre,” svarede Efron. „En mark til en værdi af 400 sølvstykker—hvad er det mellem venner? Gå du bare hen og begrav den døde.”

16Abraham forstod hentydningen og betalte Efron den pris, han havde nævnt i de andres påhør—400 sølvstykker efter standardvægt. 17Således blev Abraham ejer af Efrons mark i Makpela ved Mamres lund samt klippehulen og alle træerne på marken. 18Handelen blev afsluttet og bevidnet af alle de ledende hittitter.

19Så begravede Abraham sin kone, Sara, i klippehulen på Makpela-marken ved Mamres lund, i Hebron i Kana’ans land. 20Fra da af ejede Abraham marken med klippehulen som gravsted for sin slægt.

New International Version

Genesis 23:1-20

The Death of Sarah

1Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

3Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.23:3 Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20 He said, 4“I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”

5The Hittites replied to Abraham, 6“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.”

7Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. 8He 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 9so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11“No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give23:11 Or sell you the field, and I give23:11 Or sell you the cave that is in it. I give23:11 Or sell it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14Ephron answered Abraham, 15“Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels23:15 That is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.

17So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.