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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 23:1-20

23

サラの死

1-2さて、サラはカナンの地ヘブロンにいた時、百二十七歳で死にました。アブラハムが嘆き悲しんだことは言うまでもありません。 3激しく泣いたあと、やがて静かに立ち上がり、妻のなきがらを前に、居合わせたヘテ人に頼みました。 4「ご存じのように、私はよその国から来た者です。妻が死んでも、いったいどこに葬ったらよいのか……。ほんの少しでけっこうですから、墓地にする土地を売っていただくわけにはまいりませんか。」

5-6「あなたは神に重んじられている方です。遠慮はいりません。どうぞ、この辺で最上の墓地を選んでください。信仰心のあつい、りっぱなあなたの奥様を葬るお役に立てるなら、私たちにとっても名誉です。」

7なんというありがたい申し出でしょう。アブラハムは深々と頭を下げて言いました。 8「ご親切に言ってくださり、お礼の申しようもありません。もしよろしかったら、ツォハルの息子さんのエフロンにお口添え願えないでしょうか。 9あの人の畑のはずれにある、マクペラのほら穴を売っていただきたいのです。もちろん、ふさわしい代金をお支払いします。そうすれば、わが家代々の墓地ができます。」

10ちょうど、エフロンもそこに居合わせました。アブラハムの願いを聞くと、彼はさっと立ち上がり、町中の人々の前で、はっきり言いました。 11「わかりました。あのほら穴と畑地は、あなたに差し上げましょう。さあ、みんなも聞いただろう。お金はけっこうです。ご自由に奥様を葬ってください。」

12アブラハムはもう一度人々におじぎをし、 13一同の前でエフロンに答えました。「ただだなんて、それはいけません。ぜひ売ってください。代金をお支払いしたいのです。埋葬はそれからにさせてください。」

14-15「そこまでおっしゃるなら……。ざっと銀貨四百枚ほどの値打ちはあると思います。そのくらいの金額なら、私たちの間では問題はないでしょう。それでよろしければ、どうぞ奥様を葬ってください。」

16アブラハムは言い値どおり、銀貨四百枚を払いました。それが通り相場でした。 17-18こうして、マムレに近いマクペラにあったエフロンの畑地とそのはずれのほら穴は、アブラハムのものとなりました。そこに生えている木もすべてです。町の門で、ヘテ人の証人を前に正式に契約を交わし、アブラハムの財産と認められたのです。 19-20こうして、その土地の所有権はヘテ人からアブラハムに移り、彼はその墓地にサラを葬りました。