Genesis 23

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1 And the lives* of Sarah were a hundred years and twenty years and seven years, the years of the lives of Sarah.

2 And Sarah died in Kiriath-arba, it is Hebron in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to wail for Sarah, and to weep for her.

3 And Abraham rose·​·up from upon the faces of his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

4 I am a sojourner and a lodger with you; give to me a possession of a sepulcher with you, and I will bury my dead from before me.

5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,

6 Hear us, my lord, thou art a prince* of God in the midst of us; in the choice of our sepulchers bury thy dead; No man of us shall hold·​·back from thee his sepulcher, from burying thy dead.

7 And Abraham rose·​·up, and bowed· himself ·down to the people of the land, to the sons of Heth.

8 And he spoke with them, saying, If it·​·is with your soul to bury my dead from before me, hear me, and intercede for me with Ephron the son of Zohar.

9 That he may give to me the cave of Machpelah, which he has, which is in the end of his field; in full silver* let him give it to me, in the midst of you, for a possession of a sepulcher.

10 And Ephron was sitting in the midst of the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the ears of the sons of Heth, to all that came·​·into the gate of his city, saying,

11 No, my lord, hear me; the field I give to thee, and the cave that is in it, to thee I give it; before the eyes of the sons of my people I give it to thee; bury thy dead.

12 And Abraham bowed· himself ·down before the people of the land.

13 And he spoke to Ephron in the ears of the people of the land, saying, Surely, if thou would, hear me; I will give the silver* of the field; take it from me, and I will bury my dead there.

14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,

15 My lord, hear me; land of* four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and thee? And now bury thy dead.

16 And Abraham hearkened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver of which he had spoken in the ears of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, such as passes at the trader.

17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and every tree which was in the field, which was in all its border all around, were secured

18 for Abraham for an acquisition* before the eyes of the sons of Heth, with all that came·​·into the gate of his city.

19 And after this Abraham buried Sarah his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpelah, upon the faces of Mamre, it is Hebron, in the land of Canaan.

20 And the field and the cave that is in it were secured for Abraham for a possession of a sepulcher from the sons of Heth.


Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 23      

Napsal(a) Emanuel Swedenborg

Arcana Coelestia 2901. In the internal sense a New Spiritual Church is here treated of, that was raised up by the Lord after the former church had altogether expired; and also the reception of faith with those who were of the church. "Sarah" here, is the truth Divine which expired; "burial," is raising up again; "Ephron and the sons of Heth," are those with whom the good and truth of the church were received "Machpelah which is before Mamre," is regeneration; Hebron in the land of Canaan," is a new church.

Arcana Coelestia 2902. Truth Divine, that it expired, is treated of (verses 1-3); and that the Lord set up again a new church (verse 4); and was kindly received (verses 5, 6); from which there was joy (verses 7, 12); that their first state was obscure, and they believed the good of charity and the truth of faith to be from themselves (verses 8-11, 14, 15); but they were instructed that good and truth were not from themselves, but from the Lord (verse 13); and thus they were redeemed (verse 16); and regenerated (verses 17, 18); and thus there was a new church (verse 19); from the Gentiles (verse 20).

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