Genesis 23:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:2, NIV: "She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her."

Genesis 23:2, ESV: "And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her."

Genesis 23:2, KJV: "And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her."

Genesis 23:2, NASB: "Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her."

Genesis 23:2, NLT: "she died at Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron) in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for her."

Genesis 23:2, CSB: "Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her."

What does Genesis 23:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's wife Sarah dies in a place called Kiriath-arba, later known to the Israelites as Hebron. Previously, they had been living in Beersheba. Hebron is located between Beersheba and Jerusalem, about 20 miles south of Jerusalem, close to Mamre.

Abraham went in to the place where Sarah's body was located, to mourn and to weep for her. In addition to expressing his great sorrow, Abraham may also have followed the traditions for mourning the dead that would have included the tearing of garments, rubbing of ashes, and fasting.

The marriage of Abraham and Sarah, as recorded in Genesis, has revealed the strengths and weaknesses of both. As such, it rings true to marriage in any era. It's not surprising to find Abraham mourning the loss of his wife so deeply.