23:3 And Abraham a stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
(a) That is, when he had mourned: so the godly
may mourn if they do not pass measure, and the natural affection is
us, my lord: thou [art] a b 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.
b That is godly or excellent: for so
do the Hebrews speak of all things that are notable, because all excellency
comes from God.
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 c
went in at the gate of his city, saying,
(c) Meaning all the citizens and inhabitants.
23:12 And Abraham d
bowed down himself before the people of the land.
(d) To show that he had them in good estimation
My lord, hearken unto me: the land [is worth] four hundred e
shekels of silver; what [is] that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
(e) The common shekel is about 20 pence, so then
400 shekels is equal to 33 pounds, 6 shillings and 8 pence at 5 shilling
sterling to the ounce.
And the field, and the cave that [is] therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a
possession of a buryingplace f by the
sons of Heth.
(f) That is, all the people confirmed the sale.