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“And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.”

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Genesis 23:13 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And he spake וַיְדַבֵּ֨ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue spake
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Ephron עֶפְר֜וֹן Ephron, the name of a Canaanite and of two places in Palestine Ephron
in the audience בְּאָזְנֵ֤י Broadness. i.e., (concrete) the ear (from its form in man) audience
of the people עַם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
of the land, הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
But אַ֛ךְ A particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only But
if אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
thou אַתָּ֥ה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
wilt give it, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
I pray thee, ל֖וּ A conditional particle; if; by implication (interj. as a wish) would that! pray
hear שְׁמָעֵ֑נִי To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hear
me: I will give נָתַ֜תִּי To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
thee money כֶּ֤סֶף Silver (from its pale color); by implication, money money
for the field; הַשָּׂדֶה֙ A field (as flat) field
take קַ֣ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) take
it (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of מִמֶּ֔נִּי Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses of
me, and I will bury וְאֶקְבְּרָ֥ה To inter bury
my dead מֵתִ֖י To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill dead
there. שָֽׁמָּה׃ There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence there

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  • 11  Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.

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

  • 13  And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.

  • 14  And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,

  • 15  My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.


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