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dred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gates of his city. -> And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And the field and the cave that is therein were made sure unto Abraham, for a possession of a burying-place, by the sons of Heth.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS:
We find from this section, that Abraham understood
the promises which God had made to his family of the whole land of Canaan, as relating to a distant period of time; and therefore did not attempt to seize on any part that was in the possession of others, but was contented with the liberty he enjoyed of living quietly as a stranger and sojourner, changing his abode occasionally, as the exigencies of his affairs required. On the other hand, the people of the land regarded him as a person of distinction and consequence, particularly favoured by the God of heaven and earth *. The gates of cities is those days, and for many ages after, were the places of judicature and public resort. Here the governors and elders of cities went to hear complaints, and administer justice, make conveyances, titles of estates, &c. So that Abraham could not have made his purchase, without going to the city gates.
The silver which Abraham paid for the purchase of the field and the cave, amounted to about sixty pounds of our money.
Sarah lived to a good old age, and had the happiness of seeing her son Isaac grow to man's estate; and it appears, that Abraham was sensibly affected with her loss, for it is said he came to mourn for her ; and he was very solicitous to procure a sepulchre, that her remains might not be removed by the natives of the place.
The history of this transaction between Abraham and the people of Reth, affords a pleasing example of politeness and hospitality, generosity and justice.
From Genesis, Chaft. xxiv. and xxv. AND Abraham was old, and well stricken in age : and the Lok D had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the GoD of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell ; - . But thou shalt go into my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. - And the servant said unto him, Peradyenture the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest ? - And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou, that thou bring not my son thither again. -. The Lo RD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the laud of my kindred, and - G 5 ~ *. which
which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land ; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath, only bring not my son thither again. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter. And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed (for all the goods of his master were in his hand :) and he arose and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. And he made his camels to kneel down without the city, by a well of water, at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham : And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also : let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac ; and thereby shall I know, that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that behold Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon ; and she went down to the well and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will
I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels. - And the man wondering at her, held his peace, to wit, Whether the Lord had made his journey prosperQuS 0r not. And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ear-ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands, of ten shekels weight of gold; and said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in 2 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren. And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house, these things. And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban, and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. And it came to pass when he saw the ear-ring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me ; that he came unto the man, and behold: he stood by the camels at the well. And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord ; wherefore standest thou without 2 for I, have prepared the house, and room for the camels. And the man G 6 - Canne ...” came into the house : and Laban ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men’s feet that were with him. And there was sat meat before him to eat : . but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And Laban said, Speak on. And the steward said, I am Abraham’s servant. And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly, and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and men-servants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses. And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old : and unto him hath he given all that he hath. - - And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell; but thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me. And he said unto me, The Lord before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house :
Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when
thou comest to my kindred ; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath. `And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lo RD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go : Behold I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a Jittle water of thy pitcher to drink : And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw