New International Version

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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Olubereberye 23:1-20

Okufa n’Okuziikibwa kwa Saala

1Saala yawangaala emyaka kikumi mu abiri mu musanvu. 223:2 a Yos 14:15 b nny 19; Lub 13:18N’afiira e Kiriyasuwalaba, ye Kebbulooni, mu nsi ya Kanani. Saala bwe yafa Ibulayimu n’ayingira okumukungubagira n’amukaabira.

3Oluvannyuma Ibulayimu n’ava awali omulambo gwe n’agenda eri Abakiiti23:3 Abakiiti be bazzukulu ba Kiiti n’abagamba nti, 423:4 Lub 17:8; 1By 29:15; Zab 105:12; Beb 11:9, 13“Ndi mugenyi era omutambuze mu mmwe, munfunire ekifo aw’okuziika, ndyoke nziikewo omuntu wange anve ku maaso.” 5Abakiiti ne baddamu Ibulayimu nti, 623:6 Lub 14:14-16; 24:35“Tuwulirize mukama waffe. Laba, oli muntu mukulu wakati mu ffe. Ziika mukazi wo mu emu ku ntaana zaffe gy’oneeroboza. Tewali n’omu mu ffe anaakuuma ntaana ye, oba okukuziyiza okuziika omuntu wo.”

7Ibulayimu n’agolokoka n’avuunama eri Abakiiti, bannannyini nsi. 823:8 Lub 25:9N’abagamba nti, “Obanga munzikirizza mu mwoyo mulungi okuziika omuntu wange, mumpulirize. Kale munneegayiririre Efulooni mutabani wa Zokali, 9anguze empuku ey’e Makupeera, gy’alina, eri ku nkomerero y’ennimiro ye. Agingulize mu maaso gammwe, mmusasule omuwendo gwayo gwonna, efuuke ekifo kyange eky’okuziikangamu mu mmwe.” 1023:10 Lub 34:20-24; Lus 4:4Mu kiseera ekyo Efulooni yali atudde awo wakati mu Bakiiti. Efulooni, Omukiiti n’addamu Ibulayimu nga Abakiiti bonna abaaliwo mu mulyango gw’ekibuga nga bawulira nti, 1123:11 2Sa 24:23“Nedda mukama wange. Mpuliriza. Nkuwadde ennimiro n’empuku erimu, ng’abantu bange balaba, ziika omuntu wo.”

12Awo Ibulayimu n’avuunama mu maaso gaabwe bonna. 13N’agamba Efulooni, bonna nga bawulira nti, “Obanga okkirizza, nkusaba nsasule omuwendo gw’ennimiro gwonna ndyoke nziikewo mukazi wange.” 14Efulooni n’addamu Ibulayimu nti, 1523:15 Ez 45:12“Mpuliriza mukama wange, ennimiro esaana ebitundu by’effeeza ebikumi bina. Kale ekyo ki eri ab’omukwano? Twala ennimiro oziikemu abafu bo.”

1623:16 Yer 32:9; Zek 11:12Ne bakkiriziganya, Ibulayimu kwe kusasula Efulooni ensimbi ze bakkirizaganya nga Abakiiti bonna balaba.

1723:17 Lub 25:9; 49:30-32; 50:13; Bik 7:16Olwo ennimiro ya Efulooni mu Makupeera, eyali ku luuyi olw’ebuvanjuba olwa Mamule, ennimiro awamu n’empuku eyalimu, n’emiti gyonna egyali mu nnimiro ekitundu kyonna ne bifuuka bya 18Ibulayimu nga Abakiiti bonna abaafuluma mu mulyango gw’ekibuga balaba. 19Oluvannyuma Ibulayimu n’aziika Saala mukazi we mu mpuku mu nnimiro ya Makupeera ku luuyi olw’ebuvanjuba bwa Mamule, ye Kebbulooni, mu nsi ya Kanani. 2023:20 Yer 32:10Abakiiti ne bakwasa Ibulayimu ennimiro awamu n’empuku yaamu mu butongole okubeera obutaka bwe okuziikangamu abantu be.