Genesis 50:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 50:13, NIV: They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 50:13, ESV: for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.

Genesis 50:13, KJV: For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

Genesis 50:13, NASB: for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah opposite Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 50:13, NLT: They carried his body to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre. This is the cave that Abraham had bought as a permanent burial site from Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 50:13, CSB: They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave at Machpelah in the field near Mamre, which Abraham had purchased as burial property from Ephron the Hethite.

What does Genesis 50:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's sons had done for him exactly as he ordered (Genesis 50:7–12). On his deathbed, he had commanded his twelve sons to make sure he was buried in the tomb of his fathers (Genesis 49:29–32). He made Joseph, the governor of all Egypt (Genesis 41:44) and his now-most-authoritative son (Genesis 47:11–12), swear not to bury him in Egypt. Rather, he was to be laid to rest in the place where the family now stood (Genesis 47:29–31).

This location was an historic place indeed. This cave and field at Machpelah are the same Abraham insisted on buying outright from the Hittites when the time came to bury his wife Sarah (Genesis 23:17–20). It was where Isaac and Ishmael had reunited to bury Abraham (Genesis 25:8–9). It was where Jacob and Esau had reunited to bury their father Isaac (Genesis 35:27–29). And now it becomes the place where all twelve of Jacob's sons stood together, united, to bury him.