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Genesis 23:3

    Genesis 23:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spake unto the children of Heth, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abraham came from his dead and said to the children of Heth,

    Webster's Revision

    And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spake unto the children of Heth, saying,

    World English Bible

    Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spake unto the children of Heth, saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 23:3

    Abraham stood up from before his dead - He had probably sat on the ground some days in token of sorrow, as the custom then was, (see Tobit 2:12, 13; Isaiah 47:1; and Genesis 37:35); and when this time was finished he arose and began to treat about a burying place.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 23:3

    Abraham purchases a burying-ground in the land. "The sons of Heth." These are the lords of the soil. "A stranger and a sojourner." He is a stranger, not a Hittite; a sojourner, a dweller in the land, not a mere visitor or traveller. The former explains why he has no burial-ground; the latter, why he asks to purchase one. "Bury my dead out of my sight." The bodies of those most dear to us decay, and must be removed from our sight. Abraham makes his request in the most general terms. In the somewhat exaggerated style of Eastern courtesy, the sons of Heth reply, "Hear us, my lord." One speaks for all; hence, the change of number. "My lord" is simply equivalent to our "Sir," or the German "mein Herr." "A prince of God" in those times of simple faith was a chief notably favored of God, as Abraham had been in his call, his deliverance in Egypt, his victory over the kings, his intercession for the cities of the vale, and his protection the court of Abimelek. Some of these events were well known to the Hittites, as they had occurred while he was residing among them.