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Génesis 23:1-20

A morte de Sara

1Quando Sara tinha 127 anos, 2morreu em Quiriate-Arba, que é Hebrom, na terra de Canaã. Abraão foi chorar a morte dela. 3E ali mesmo, ao lado do corpo de Sara, pôs-se de pé e disse aos homens de Hete. 4“Como sou estrangeiro aqui nesta terra, não tenho um sítio onde sepultar a minha mulher. Vendam-me um pedaço de terra para sepultá-la.”

5Responderam-lhe: 6“Tu, no nosso meio, és como um príncipe de Deus. Para nós será um privilégio que escolhas nesta terra a melhor das sepulturas, para colocares a tua falecida mulher.”

7Abraão inclinou-se profundamente 8e disse: “Se é essa a vossa vontade, peçam a Efrom, o filho de Zoar, 9que me venda a gruta de Macpela que está na extremidade do seu campo. Pagar-lhe-ei o devido preço por ela.”

10Efrom estava sentado ali, no meio da gente de Hete. Por isso, levantou-se e, publicamente, diante de todos os habitantes da terra e de todos os que passavam pela cidade, disse: 11“Ouve-me, eu dou-te não só a gruta, mas até o campo todo, sem teres nada a pagar. Diante dos meus concidadãos afirmo que o dou sem te pedir preço algum. Podes ir sepultar a tua mulher.”

12Abraão tornou a inclinar-se diante de todos 13e respondeu a Efrom, enquanto os outros o ouviam atentamente: “Não, deixa-me que to compre. Dou-te pelo campo o preço que combinarmos e só então enterrarei a minha mulher.”

14-15“Pois bem. A terra vale 4,5 quilos de prata; mas para dois amigos como nós isso não interessa. Vai sem preocupação enterrar o teu morto.”

16No entanto, Abraão fez questão de lhe pagar o preço que ele tinha sugerido; e pagou-lhe os 4,5 quilos de prata, conforme o peso corrente entre os mercadores, tal como tinha sido combinado publicamente.

17Por esse preço Abraão adquiriu o campo de Efrom, em Macpela perto de Mamre, e a gruta na extremidade da propriedade, e todas as árvores plantadas no campo. 18Tornou-se pois dono desse terreno por acordo mútuo, diante de todos os cidadãos de Hete, na praça pública da povoação. 19Abraão enterrou ali Sara, na gruta do campo de Macpela, perto de Hebrom, na terra de Canaã, 20conforme o acordo feito com o povo de Hete.

King James Version

Genesis 23:1-20

1And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

3¶ And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, 4I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, 6Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.23.6 a mighty…: Heb. a prince of God 7And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, 9That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.23.9 as much…: Heb. full money 10And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,23.10 audience: Heb. ears 11Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. 12And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. 13And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. 14And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, 15My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

16And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.

17¶ And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure 18Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. 19And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. 20And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.