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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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 23:1-20

Sara Wu

1Sara dii mfe ɔha aduonu ason. 2Owui wɔ Kiriat-Arba a ɛno ara ne Hebron a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so. Abraham kogyam ne yere Sara, suu no wɔ hɔ.

3Abraham gyaw ne yere Sara amu no wɔ hɔ, kɔɔ Hetifo mpanyimfo nkyɛn, kɔsrɛɛ wɔn se, 4“Meyɛ ɔhɔho ne mamfrani a mete mo mu. Mesrɛ mo, montɔn mo asase yi bi mma me, na minsie me yere wɔ so.”

5Hetifo no buaa Abraham se, 6“Owura, yɛsrɛ wo, tie asɛm a yɛrebɛka yi. Woyɛ Onyankopɔn somfo kɛse wɔ yɛn mu. Yɛn boda biara a ɛsɔ wʼani a wopɛ sɛ wusie wo yere wɔ hɔ no, yɛma wo ho kwan, kosie no. Yɛn mu biara remfa ne boda nkame wo.”

7Ɛhɔ ara na Abraham sɔre bɔɔ ne mu ase wɔ Hetifo no anim, 8ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Sɛ moapene so sɛ minsie mʼamu no wɔ ha de a, mepa mo kyɛw, monsrɛ Efron a ɔyɛ Sohar babarima no mma me, 9na ɔntɔn Makpela ɔboda a ɛwɔ nʼafuw ano no mma me. Monka nkyerɛ no na ɔntɔn no sɛnea ne bo di pɛpɛɛpɛ mma me, na mede hɔ ayɛ me ne mʼabusuafo amusiei.”

10Saa bere no na Hetini Efron a ɔte ne manfo mu no buaa Abraham, maa ne nkurɔfo a wɔahyia wɔ kurow no pon ano nyinaa tee sɛ, 11“Dabi, me wura, tie me! Mede afuw no ne ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no kyɛ wo. Migyina me manfo anim, na mede kyɛ wo. Kosie wʼamu no wɔ hɔ.”

12Bio Abraham de obu ne nidi bɔɔ ne mu ase wɔ ɔmanfo no anim, 13ka kyerɛɛ Efron maa wɔn a wɔahyia hɔ no nyinaa tee asɛm a ɔkae no se, “Mesrɛ mo, ɔmanfo, monyɛ aso mma me. Momma mintua asase no ka. Mompene so mma me, na minnya kwan nkosie mʼamu no.”

14Efron buaa Abraham se, 15“Me wura, tie me! Asase no bo yɛ dwetɛ kilogram anan ne fa. Yɛnyɛ nnipa baako ana? Meregye saa sika yi ayɛ dɛn? Kosie wʼamu no!”

16Abraham penee Efron asɛm no so. Ɔkarii dwetɛ kilogram anan ne fa a ɛyɛ asase no bo a ɔbɔ maa Hetifo no tee no de tuaa ka.

17Enti wɔde Efron asase a ɛwɔ Makpela a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ, a ɛyɛ afuw no, ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no, nnua a ɛwɔ afuw no mu ne nʼahye so nyinaa maa 18Abraham sɛ nʼagyapade. Eyi nyinaa sii wɔ Hetifo no ne wɔn a wɔbaa kurow no pon no ano nyinaa anim. 19Akyiri no, Abraham siee ne yere Sara wɔ ɔboda a ɛwɔ Makpela afuw a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ a ɛno ara ne Hebron a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so no mu. 20Enti Hetifo no yɛɛ nhyehyɛe de afuw no ne ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no maa Abraham sɛ nʼagyapade ne nʼamusiei.