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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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 23:1-20

Sara Wuo

1Sara dii mfeɛ ɔha aduonu nson. 2Ɔwuu wɔ Kiriat-Arba a ɛno ara ne Hebron a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so. Abraham kɔgyam ne yere Sara, suu no wɔ hɔ.

3Abraham gyaa ne yere Sara amu no hɔ, kɔɔ Hetifoɔ mpanimfoɔ nkyɛn, kɔsrɛɛ wɔn sɛ, 4“Meyɛ ɔhɔhoɔ ne mamfrani a mete mo mu. Mesrɛ mo, montɔn mo asase yi bi mma me, na mensie me yere wɔ so.”

5Hetifoɔ no buaa Abraham sɛ, 6“Owura, yɛsrɛ wo, tie asɛm a yɛrebɛka yi. Woyɛ Onyankopɔn ɔsomfoɔ kɛseɛ wɔ yɛn mu. Yɛn boda biara a ɛsɔ wʼani a wopɛ sɛ wosie wo yere wɔ hɔ no, yɛma wo ho kwan, kɔsie no. Yɛn mu biara remfa ne boda nkame wo.”

7Ɛhɔ ara, Abraham sɔre bɔɔ ne mu ase wɔ Hetifoɔ no anim, 8ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ moapene so sɛ mensie mʼamu no wɔ ha deɛ a, mepa mo kyɛw, monsrɛ Efron a ɔyɛ Sohar babarima no mma me, 9na ɔntɔn Makpela ɔboda a ɛwɔ nʼafuo ano no mma me. Monka nkyerɛ no na ɔntɔn no sɛdeɛ ne boɔ die pɛpɛɛpɛ mma me, na mede hɔ ayɛ me ne mʼabusuafoɔ amusieeɛ.”

10Saa ɛberɛ no na Hetini Efron a ɔte ne manfoɔ mu no buaa Abraham maa ne nkurɔfoɔ a wɔahyia wɔ kuro no ɛpono ano nyinaa tee sɛ, 11“Dabi, me wura, tie me! Mede afuo no ne ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no kyɛ wo. Megyina me manfoɔ anim, na mede kyɛ wo. Kɔsie wʼamu no wɔ hɔ.”

12Bio Abraham de obuo ne anidie bɔɔ ne mu ase wɔ ɔmanfoɔ no anim, 13ka kyerɛɛ Efron maa wɔn a wɔahyia wɔ hɔ no nyinaa tee asɛm a ɔkaeɛ no sɛ, “Mesrɛ mo, ɔmanfoɔ, monyɛ aso mma me. Momma mentua asase no ka. Mompene so mma me, na mennya ɛkwan nkɔsie mʼamu no.”

14Efron buaa Abraham sɛ, 15“Me wura, tie me! Asase no boɔ yɛ dwetɛ kilogram ɛnan ne fa. Yɛnyɛ nnipa baako anaa? Meregye saa sika yi ayɛ ɛdeɛn? Kɔsie wʼamu no!”

16Abraham penee Efron asɛm no so. Ɔkarii dwetɛ kilogram ɛnan ne fa a ɛyɛ asase no boɔ de maa Efron. Saa ara na na adwadifoɔ tɔn asase wɔ Hetifoɔ ɔman mu, na Hetifoɔ mpanimfoɔ no dii dwumadie no ho adanseɛ.

17Enti, wɔde Efron asase a ɛwɔ Makpela a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ, a ɛyɛ afuo no, ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no, nnua a ɛwɔ afuo no mu ne nʼahyeɛ so nyinaa maa 18Abraham sɛ nʼagyapadeɛ. Yei nyinaa sii wɔ Hetifoɔ no ne wɔn a wɔbaa kuro no ɛpono no ano nyinaa anim. 19Afei, Abraham siee ne yere Sara wɔ ɔboda a ɛwɔ Makpela afuo a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ a ɛno ara ne Hebron a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so no mu. 20Enti, Hetifoɔ no yɛɛ nhyehyɛeɛ de afuo no ne ɔboda a ɛwɔ mu no maa Abraham sɛ, nʼagyapadeɛ ne nʼamusieeɛ.