Genesis 23:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:1, NIV: "Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old."

Genesis 23:1, ESV: "Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah."

Genesis 23:1, KJV: "And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah."

Genesis 23:1, NASB: "Now Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah."

Genesis 23:1, NLT: "When Sarah was 127 years old,"

Genesis 23:1, CSB: "Now Sarah lived 127 years; these were all the years of her life."

What does Genesis 23:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

About 35 years have passed since the last mention of Abraham's wife Sarah. At that prior incident, a celebration for the weaning of their son, Isaac, Sarah insisted that Ishmael, Isaac's half-brother, should be sent away, along with his mother, Hagar (Genesis 21:10). Sarah is not mentioned in the previous chapter's description of Abraham's near-offering of Isaac in obedience to God's command.

Sarah and Abraham waited a long time to finally have a child of their own. Despite her own doubts, Sarah was finally given the child promised by God, when she was 90 years old (Genesis 17:17). Now Sarah has died at the age of 127, making Abraham around 137 years old and their son Isaac around 37.