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23:1 (i) And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
23:2 And Sarah died in Kiryat-Arba (city of four); the same [is] Hevron in eretz Kenaan: and Avraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
23:3 And Avraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to banim Het, saying,
23:4 I [am] a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a kever with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
23:5 And the banim Het answered Avraham, saying to him,
23:6 "Hear us, adoni: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of kevareinu. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead."
23:7 And Avraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, [even] to the banim Het.
23:8 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 Ben Tzochar,
23:9 That he may give me the cave of Makpelah, which he has, 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.
23:10 And Ephron dwelled among the children of Het: and Ephron the Hittite answered Avraham in the audience of the bnei Het, [even] of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
23:11 Nay, my adon, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that [is] therein, I give it thee; in the presence of banim my people give I it thee: bury your dead.
23:12 And Avraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
23:13 And he spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou [will give it], I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take [it] of me, and I will bury my dead there.
23:14 And Ephron answered Avraham, saying to him,
23:15 My adon, hearken to me: the land [is worth] four hundred shekels of silver; what [is] that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore your dead.
23:16 And Avraham hearkened to Ephron; and Avraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of banim Het, four hundred shekels of silver, current [money] with the merchant.
23:17 (ii) And the field of Ephron, which [was] in Makhpelah, which [was] before Mamre, the field, and the cave which [was] therein, and all the trees that [were] in the field, that [were] in all the borders round about, were made sure
23:18 to Avraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Het, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
23:19 And after this, Avraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Makhpelah before Mamre: the same [is] Hevron in eretz Kenaan.
23:20 And the field, and the cave that [is] therein, were made sure to Avraham for a possession of a buryingplace by banim Het.
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The purchase of the Cave of Machpelah in the land (Beresheet 23:1-20)
Abraham’s purchase of a burial cave “near Mamre” (Beresheet 23:19; cf. Beresheet 13:18; Beresheet 14:13; Beresheet 18:1) was occasioned by the death of Sarah, who lived to be 127.
The temple Mount perception
Avahram perceive as a- Mountain - mount Moriyah
Yitzchak perceive - field
Yaakov perceive - House