The Book of Jasher
|XXIV:1 And the life of Sarah was one hundred and twenty-seven years, and Sarah died; and
Abraham rose up from before his dead to seek a burial place to bury his wife Sarah; and he
went and spoke to the children of Heth, the inhabitants of the land, saying,
XXIV:2 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you in your land; give me a possession of a burial place
in your land, that I may bury my dead from before me.
XXIV:3 And the children of Heth said unto Abraham, behold the land is before thee, in the choice
of our sepulchers bury thy dead, for no man shall withhold thee from burying thy dead.
XXIV:4 And Abraham said unto them, If you are agreeable to this go and entreat for me to Ephron,
the son of Zochar, requesting that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which is in the end
of his field, and I will purchase it of him for whatever he desire for it.
XXIV:5 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth, and they went and called for him, and he
came before Abraham, and Ephron said unto Abraham, Behold all thou requirest thy servant
will do, and Abraham said, No, but I will buy the cave and the field which thou hast for value,
in order that it may be for a possession of a burial place for ever.
XXIV:6 And Ephron answered and said, Behold the field and the cave are before thee, give
whatever thou desirest; and Abraham said, Only at full value will I buy it from thy hand,
and from the hands of those that go in at the gate of thy city, and from the hand of thy seed
XXIV:7 And Ephron and all his brethren heard this, and Abraham weighed to Ephron four hundred
shekels of silver in the hands of Ephron and in the hands of all his brethren; and Abraham
wrote this transaction, and he wrote it and testified it with four witnesses.
XXIV:8 And these are the names of the witnesses, Amigal son of Abishna the Hittite, Adichorom son
of Ashunach the Hivite, Abdon son of Achiram the Gomerite, Bakdil the son of Abudish the
XXIV:9 And Abraham took the book of the purchase, and placed it in his treasures, and these are
the words that Abraham wrote in the book, namely:
XXIV:10 That the cave and the field Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite, and from his seed,
and from those that go out of his city, and from their seed for ever, are to be a purchase to
Abraham and to his seed and to those that go forth from his loins, for a possession of a burial
place for ever; and he put a signet to it and testified it with witnesses.
Commentary on Jasher XXIV:1 (21 April 2009):
Originally Written: 21 April 2009
Latest Update: 21 April 2009
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