Genesis 49:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:32, NIV: The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.'

Genesis 49:32, ESV: the field and the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.”

Genesis 49:32, KJV: The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.

Genesis 49:32, NASB: the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.'

Genesis 49:32, NLT: It is the plot of land and the cave that my grandfather Abraham bought from the Hittites.'

Genesis 49:32, CSB: The field and the cave in it were purchased from the Hethites."

What does Genesis 49:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has just commanded his twelve sons, gathered around his death bed, to bury his body in Canaan and not in Egypt (Genesis 49:28–31). Specifically, they must bury him in the family burial tomb, a cave in a field near Mamre. This was in Hittite territory. It was obtained by legal and contractual purchase by Abraham with the full blessing of the Hittites (Genesis 23:3–20) after Abraham's beloved wife Sarah died.

As part of his last words, Jacob is reiterating that the cave is the full legal property of his family. He mentioned in the previous verse that his grandparents Abraham and Sarah are buried there, along with his parents Isaac and Rebekah, and his own wife Leah, the mother of six of the sons gathered around him. It was fully appropriate and necessary for Jacob's body to join theirs in that cave.