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.
Kumwalira kwa Sara
1Sara anakhala ndi moyo zaka 127. 2Anamwalirira ku Kiriyati-Araba, kumeneku ndi ku Hebroni, mʼdziko la Kanaani, ndipo Abrahamu anapita kukakhuza maliro a Sara, namulirira.
3Kenaka Abrahamu ananyamuka pamene panali mtembo wa mkazi wakepo kupita kukayankhula ndi anthu a ku Hiti. Ndipo anati, 4“Ine ndine mlendo wongoyendayenda kwanu kuno. Bwanji mundigulitse malo woti akhale manda kuti ndiyikepo thupi la mkazi wanga.”
5Anthu a ku Hiti aja anamuyankha Abrahamu kuti, 6“Tatimverani mbuye wathu, inu ndinu mwana wa mfumu wamkulu pakati pathu. Chonde ikani thupi la mkazi wanu mʼmanda aliwonse amene mungafune. Palibe mmodzi wa ife amene adzakukanizani manda ake kuti musayike mkazi wanu.”
7Tsono Abrahamu anayimirira naweramira anthu a dziko la Hiti aja 8nati, “Ngati mwaloladi kuti ndiyike mkazi wanga kuno, ndiye ndimvereni. Mundipemphere kwa Efroni mwana wa Zohari 9kuti andigulitse phanga la Makipela, limene lili kumapeto kwa munda wake. Mumupemphe kuti andigulitse pamtengo wake ndithu inu mukuona kuti akhale manda.”
10Pamenepo nʼkuti Efroni Mhiti ali pomwepo pakati pa anthuwo amene anabwera ku chipata cha mzindawo. Ndipo onse akumva anamuyankha Abrahamu 11nati, “Ayi mbuye wanga tandimverani, ine ndikukupatsani mundawo ndiponso phanga limene lili mʼmenemo. Ndikukupatsani malowa pamaso pa anthu a mtundu wanga. Chonde ikani mtembo wamkazi wanu.”
12Apo Abrahamu anaweramanso mwaulemu pamaso pa anthu a mʼdzikolo 13ndipo anthu onse akumva Abrahamu anati kwa Efroni, “Ngati kungatheke, chonde ndimvereni. Ine ndichita kugula mundawu. Landirani ndalama za mundawu kuti ine ndiyike mkazi wanga mʼmenemo.”
14Koma Efroni anamuyankha Abrahamu nati, 15“Mundimvere mbuye wanga; mundawo mtengo wake ndi masekeli asiliva okwana 400. Koma zimenezo nʼchiyani pakati pa ine ndi inu? Ikani mtembo wa mkazi wanu.”
16Abrahamu anavomera mtengo umene ananena Efroni Ahiti onse akumva ndipo anamuwerengera masekeli asiliva okwana 400 monga mwa mtengo wa ndalama umene amalonda a nthawi imeneyo ankagwiritsa ntchito.
17Choncho munda wa Efroni wa ku Makipela umene unali kufupi ndi Mamre, kuphatikiza munda, phanga linali mʼmenemo pamodzi ndi mitengo yonse ya mʼmundamo, zinaperekedwa 18kwa Abrahamu ngati chuma chake pamaso pa anthu onse a ku Hiti amene anabwera ku chipata cha mzindawo. 19Zitatha izi, Abrahamu anayika mkazi wake Sara mʼphanga la mʼmunda wa ku Makipela, kufupi ndi ku Mamre (kumene ndi ku Hebroni) mʼdziko la Kanaani. 20Choncho Ahiti anapereka munda pamodzi ndi phanga la mʼmenemo kwa Abrahamu kuti akhale manda.