Genesis 23:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:14, NIV: "Ephron answered Abraham,"

Genesis 23:14, ESV: "Ephron answered Abraham,"

Genesis 23:14, KJV: "And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,"

Genesis 23:14, NASB: "Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,"

Genesis 23:14, NLT: "Ephron answered Abraham,"

Genesis 23:14, CSB: "Ephron answered Abraham and said to him,"

What does Genesis 23:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Middle Eastern negotiations at the time included very respectful language and generous offers that were understood to come with an unspoken price. Abraham had offered to buy Ephron's cave to use as a burial place for his people. Ephron had countered by offering to "give" Abraham the cave and the field attached to it. Abraham had countered by insisting on buying both the cave and the field, though he had no need or real interest in the field. Abraham's intent is to make this an undisputed part of his descendant's land, now and forever.

Now the ball is in Ephron's court. He will respond in the following verse.