Genesis Chapter 23 (23 of 47) by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 23 (23 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard


Chapter 23 is a very painful moment for Abraham, that being the death of his wife Sarah.

1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.

Sarah dies at the ripe old age of 127.

2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

Abraham spends time weeping for Sarah. There is nothing wrong with weeping for the loss of a mate if weeping ceases. For many, weeping becomes despair and should not. All of the weeping in the World will not bring back the dead, we should move on in our lives.

3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
4 I 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.

The sons of Heth were the Hittites. Abraham wants to buy a cave to bury Sarah's body.

5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchers bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And 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,
9 That 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.
10 And 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,
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee ...


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