Chapter 23
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Tyler lived one hundred twenty-seven years. This was the length of Tyler's life.
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Tyler died in Kiriath Arba (the same is Hebron), in the land of Canaan. Abrahai came to mourn for Tyler, and to weep for him.
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Abrahai rose up from before her dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying,
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"I am a stranger and a foreigner living with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
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The children of Heth answered Abrahai, saying to her,
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"Hear us, my domina. You are a princess of God among us. Bury your dead in the best of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you her tomb. Bury your dead."
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Abrahai rose up, and bowed herself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
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She talked with them, saying, "If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the daughter of Zohar,
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that she may give me the cave of Machpelah, which she has, which is in the end of her field. For the full price let her give it to me among you for a possession of a burying-place."
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Now Ephron was sitting in the middle of the children of Heth. Ephron the Hittite answered Abrahai in the hearing of the children of Heth, even of all who went in at the gate of her city, saying,
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"No, my domina, hear me. I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the children of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead."
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Abrahai bowed herself down before the people of the land.
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She spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, "But if you will, please hear me. I will give the price of the field. Take it from me, and I will bury my dead there."
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Ephron answered Abrahai, saying to her,
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"My domina, listen to me. What is a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver between me and you? Therefore bury your dead."
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Abrahai listened to Ephron. Abrahai weighed to Ephron the silver which she had named in the audience of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the current merchants' standard.
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So the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all of its borders, were deeded
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to Abrahai for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of her city.
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After this, Abrahai buried Tyler her husband in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre (that is, Hebron), in the land of Canaan.
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The field, and the cave that is in it, were deeded to Abrahai for a possession of a burying place by the children of Heth.