Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 23


1撒拉享年一百二十七歲, 在迦南境內的基列·亞巴,即希伯崙去世。亞伯拉罕在那裡痛哭,哀悼她。 他從妻子屍體旁邊站起來對赫人說: 「我是寄居在你們這裡的異鄉人,請你們給我一塊地,我好埋葬我的亡妻。」 赫人回答說: 「我主,請聽我們說,你在我們中間是一位尊貴的王子,你可以選我們這裡最好的墳地,沒有人會反對你使用他的墳地埋葬你的妻子。」 亞伯拉罕就向他們下拜,說: 「如果你們真的准我安葬妻子,就請你們代我求瑣轄的兒子以弗崙, 請他當著你們的面,把他田地盡頭的麥比拉洞按實價賣給我作墳地。」

10 當時以弗崙正坐在赫人當中,於是他在城門口赫人聚集的地方當眾答覆亞伯拉罕說: 11 「不可!我主,請聽我說,我當著族人的面,把那塊地和山洞送給你,你只管去安葬你的妻子!」 12 亞伯拉罕向當地的人下拜, 13 當眾對以弗崙說:「你若願意,請聽我說,我要把地錢給你,請你收下,好讓我安葬我的妻子。」 14 以弗崙回答說: 15 「我主,請聽我說,四公斤半銀子的地對你我來說算什麼呢?去安葬你的妻子吧!」 16 於是,亞伯拉罕就照以弗崙當眾提出的價錢,按通用的重量單位秤了四公斤半銀子給他。

17 這樣,以弗崙在麥比拉、靠近幔利的那塊地和山洞及地界內所有的樹木, 18 都歸了亞伯拉罕。這是在城門口的赫人面前買下的。

19 之後,亞伯拉罕把妻子撒拉安葬在迦南的幔利附近、麥比拉田間的洞裡。幔利就是希伯崙。 20 這塊赫人的地和其中的山洞從此成了亞伯拉罕家的墳地。

Amplified Bible

Genesis 23

Death and Burial of Sarah

1Sarah lived a hundred and twenty-seven years; this was the length of the life of Sarah. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba [a](that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Then Abraham stood up before his dead [wife’s body], and spoke to the [b]sons of Heth (Hittites), saying, “I am a stranger and a sojourner (resident alien) among you; give (sell) me property for a burial place among you so that I may bury my dead [in the proper manner].” The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Listen to us, my lord; you are a prince of God [a mighty prince] among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave or hinder you from burying your dead [wife].” So Abraham stood up and bowed to the people of the land, the Hittites. 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, so that he may give (sell) me the cave of Machpelah which he owns—it is at the end of his field; let him give it to me here in your presence for the full price as a burial site [which I may keep forever among you].” 10 Now Ephron was present there among the sons of Heth; so within the hearing of all the sons of Heth and all who were entering the gate of his city, Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham, saying, 11 “No, my lord, hear me; I [c]give you the [entire] field, and I also give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the men of my people I give (sell) it to you; bury your dead [there].” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 He said to Ephron in the presence of the people of the land, “If you will only please listen to me and accept my offer. I will give you the price of the field; accept it from me and I will bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron replied to Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me. The land [you seek] is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that between you and me? So bury your dead.” 16 So Abraham listened to Ephron [and agreed to his terms]; and he weighed out for Ephron the [amount of] silver which he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre (Hebron)—the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and in all its borders around it—were deeded over [legally] 18 to Abraham as his possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who were entering at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of [d]Machpelah to the east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave in it were deeded over to Abraham by the Hittites as a [permanent] possession and burial place.

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 23:2 This comment indicates that the text was written at a very early date, before Israel entered the promised land, because afterward Hebron was well known. Not only was it conspicuous in Joshua’s and Caleb’s day, but it became a “city of refuge.” Besides all this, David was king in Hebron for seven years.
  2. Genesis 23:3 The Hittites, along with the Egyptians and the Assyrians, were among the great powers in the ancient Middle East. They were famous for their fine horses, many of which were acquired by Solomon through trade. They also discovered and held secret the process of smelting iron when iron was treasured almost as much as gold. These Hittites were of Indo-European origin. The relationship, if any, between these Anatolian Hittites and the descendants of Canaan’s son, Heth, is unclear.
  3. Genesis 23:11 This was not an offer to give the land to Abraham as a gift, but part of the negotiating process of the time.
  4. Genesis 23:19 Here were buried Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah (Gen 49:31; 50:13).