Genesis 23:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:5, NIV: "The Hittites replied to Abraham,"

Genesis 23:5, ESV: "The Hittites answered Abraham,"

Genesis 23:5, KJV: "And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,"

Genesis 23:5, NASB: "The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,"

Genesis 23:5, NLT: "The Hittites replied to Abraham,"

Genesis 23:5, CSB: "The Hethites replied to Abraham,"

What does Genesis 23:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Abraham made his request of the Hittite landowners to give to him a permanent burying place for his people in the land of Hebron. This is meant for his recently-deceased wife, Sarah (Genesis 23:2). This act of creating a long-term family tomb is part of Abraham's family taking possession of the Promised Land. In the next verse, the Hittites will respond.