Genesis 23:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:13, NIV: "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 I can bury my dead there.'"

Genesis 23:13, ESV: "And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.”"

Genesis 23:13, KJV: "And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt 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."

Genesis 23:13, NASB: "But he spoke to Ephron so that the people of the land heard, saying, 'If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me so that I may bury my dead there.'"

Genesis 23:13, NLT: "and he replied to Ephron as everyone listened. 'No, listen to me. I will buy it from you. Let me pay the full price for the field so I can bury my dead there.'"

Genesis 23:13, CSB: "and said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, "Listen to me, if you please. Let me pay the price of the field. Accept it from me, and let me bury my dead there.""

What does Genesis 23:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham has offered to buy a cave owned by Ephron the Hittite, for use as a permanent burial place for his people. Ephron had offered to "give" the cave to Abraham, along with the field attached to it. It is likely this was a form of negotiation, however. In reality, Ephron may have been saying, "I don't want to sell you the cave without the field." Or, "I'll lend you the field as long as it is still mine."

Now Abraham responds to this counter offer of the "gift" of the cave and field together by agreeing to buy the field with the cave. In fact, Abraham insisted on it. Again, Abraham understood that God had promised all of the land of Canaan to his descendants. His desire here was to permanently own a place to bury his people in what would become their land.