Bible Study Lesson; Genesis 23:1-20
In this Bible study lesson – Abraham’s wife Sarah dies and is buried in the land of the Hittites.
Abraham Buys a Burial Plot for Sarah
So Ephron’s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were within all the confines of its border, were deeded over to Abraham for a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city.
After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
So the field and the cave that is in it, were deeded over to Abraham for [m]a burial site by the sons of Heth. – Genesis 23:17-20 NASB
The Price of Sarah’s Grave
400 Shekels of silver. Not much – about $111 US dollars at today’s conversion. A pittance? Not when you go back to the time of Abraham. This was a very high price for land.
Ephron offered to “give” Abraham the field and cave to bury Sarah but did casually mentioned how much he wanted for it. Abraham paid his price as he did not have much to bargain with being a foreigner.
The Promised Land
Abraham knew that this was the land God had promised him but he did not want to take anything away from the Hittites.
Not much more to say about this passage except this was an event that happened in Abraham’s life.
Sarah is gone. Abraham is now alone – except for his relationship with God.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read this verse from John to get more information.
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