Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 23:1-20

亞伯拉罕買地葬撒拉

1撒拉享年一百二十七歲, 2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。 3他從妻子屍體旁邊站起來對人說: 4「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。」 5人回答說: 6「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。」 7亞伯拉罕就向他們下拜,說: 8「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9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當時以弗崙正坐在人當中,於是他在城門口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。這是在城門口的人面前買下的。

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

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.