Gen 23:1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.
Gen 23:2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
Gen 23:3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said,
Gen 23:4 “I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so that I can bury my dead.”
Gen 23:5 The Hittites replied to Abraham,
Gen 23:6 “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.”
Gen 23:7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.
Bowed down before the people – As Thomas Watson says, ‘piety is no enemy to courtesy.’
Gen 23:8 He 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
Gen 23:9 so that 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.”
Gen 23:10 Ephron 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.
Gen 23:11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
Gen 23:12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land
Gen 23:13 and 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 that I can bury my dead there.”
Gen 23:14 Ephron answered Abraham,
Gen 23:15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between me and you? Bury your dead.”
Gen 23:16 Abraham 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.
Gen 23:17 So 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 legally made over
Gen 23:18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
Gen 23:19 Afterwards Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Gen 23:20 So the field and the cave in it were legally made over to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.