Genesis 23:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:17, NIV: "So Ephron's field in Machpelah near Mamre--both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field--was deeded"

Genesis 23:17, ESV: "So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over"

Genesis 23:17, KJV: "And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, 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"

Genesis 23:17, NASB: "So Ephron’s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were within all the confines of its border, were deeded over"

Genesis 23:17, NLT: "So Abraham bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field itself, the cave that was in it, and all the surrounding trees."

Genesis 23:17, CSB: "So Ephron's field at Machpelah near Mamre--the field with its cave and all the trees anywhere within the boundaries of the field--became"

What does Genesis 23:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham has just concluded negotiations with the Hittites to purchase a permanent burial site. This will be the resting place for Sarah's body (Genesis 23:1–2), as well as the future members of Abraham's family. Specifically, Abraham has purchased a plot of land from Ephron the Hittite, a parcel which contains the cave Abraham wants to use as the family tomb. Both parties have accepted the deal, and Abraham has immediately paid the asking price of 400 shekels of silver.

The deal between Abraham and Ephron is now made official. This verse lists the details of the transaction. The property in Machpelah, east of Mamre, is "made over" to Abraham. The purchase includes the cave, the field, and all the trees within the boundaries of the field. The following verse completes the details of the transaction.