Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 23:1-20

亚伯拉罕买地葬撒拉

1撒拉享年一百二十七岁, 2迦南境内的基列·亚巴,即希伯仑去世。亚伯拉罕在那里痛哭,哀悼她。 3他从妻子尸体旁边站起来对人说: 4“我是寄居在你们这里的异乡人,请你们给我一块地,我好埋葬我的亡妻。” 5人回答说: 6“我主,请听我们说,你在我们中间是一位尊贵的王子,你可以选我们这里最好的坟地,没有人会反对你使用他的坟地埋葬你的妻子。” 7亚伯拉罕就向他们下拜,说: 8“如果你们真的准我安葬妻子,就请你们代我求琐辖的儿子以弗仑9请他当着你们的面,把他田地尽头的麦比拉洞按实价卖给我作坟地。”

10当时以弗仑正坐在人当中,于是他在城门口人聚集的地方当众答复亚伯拉罕说: 11“不可!我主,请听我说,我当着族人的面,把那块地和山洞送给你,你只管去安葬你的妻子!” 12亚伯拉罕向当地的人下拜, 13当众对以弗仑说:“你若愿意,请听我说,我要把地钱给你,请你收下,好让我安葬我的妻子。” 14以弗仑回答说: 15“我主,请听我说,四公斤半银子的地对你我来说算什么呢?去安葬你的妻子吧!” 16于是,亚伯拉罕就照以弗仑当众提出的价钱,按通用的重量单位秤了四公斤半银子给他。

17这样,以弗仑麦比拉、靠近幔利的那块地和山洞及地界内所有的树木, 18都归了亚伯拉罕。这是在城门口的人面前买下的。

19之后,亚伯拉罕把妻子撒拉安葬在迦南幔利附近、麦比拉田间的洞里。幔利就是希伯仑20这块人的地和其中的山洞从此成了亚伯拉罕家的坟地。

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 23:1-20

Sarah Dies

1Sarah lived to be 127 years old. 2She died at Kiriath Arba. Kiriath Arba is also called Hebron. It’s in the land of Canaan. Sarah’s death made Abraham very sad. He went to the place where her body was lying. There he wept over her.

3Then Abraham got up from beside his wife’s body. He said to the Hittites, 4“I’m an outsider. I’m a stranger among you. Sell me some property where I can bury those in my family who die. Then I can bury my wife.”

5The Hittites replied to Abraham, 6“Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your wife in the best place we have to bury our dead. None of us will refuse to sell you a place to bury her.”

7Then Abraham bowed down in front of the Hittites, the people of the land. 8He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my wife, then listen to me. Speak to Zohar’s son Ephron for me. 9Ask him to sell me the cave of Machpelah. It belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price. I want it as a place to bury my dead wife among you.”

10Ephron the Hittite was sitting there among his people. He replied to Abraham. All of the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city heard him. 11“No, sir,” Ephron said. “Listen to me. I will give you the field. I’ll also give you the cave that’s in the field. I will give it to you in front of my people. Bury your wife.”

12Again Abraham bowed down in front of the people of the land. 13He spoke to Ephron so they could hear him. He said, “Please listen to me. I’ll pay the price of the field. Accept it from me. Then I can bury my wife there.”

14Ephron answered Abraham, 15“Sir, listen to me. The land is worth ten pounds of silver. But what’s that between the two of us? Bury your wife.”

16Abraham agreed to Ephron’s offer. He weighed out for Ephron the price he had named. The Hittites there had heard the amount. The price was ten pounds of silver. Abraham measured it by the weights that were used by merchants.

17So Ephron sold his field to Abraham. The field was in Machpelah near Mamre. Abraham bought the field and the cave that was in it. He also bought all the trees that were inside the borders of the field. Everything was sold 18to Abraham as his property. He bought it in front of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19Then Abraham buried his wife Sarah. He buried her in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in the land of Canaan. Mamre is at Hebron. 20So the field and the cave that was in it were sold to Abraham by the Hittites. The property became a place to bury those who died in his family.