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- Abraham a mourner, for the death of Sarah, ver. 1, 2.
- Abraham a purchaser of a burying place for Sarah.
- The purchase proposed by Abraham, ver. 3, 4.
- Treated of and agreed, ver. 5 - 16.
- The purchase - money paid, ver. 16.
- The premises conveyed and secured to Abraham, ver. 17, 18, 20.
- Sarah's funeral, ver. 19.
2: Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep - He did not only
perform the ceremonies of mourning according to the custom of those times,
but did sincerely lament the great loss he had, and gave proof of the
constancy of his affection. Therefore these two words are used, he
came both to mourn and to weep.
4: I am a stranger and a sojourner with you - Therefore I am
unprovided, and must become a suiter to you for a burying - place. This was
one occasion which Abraham took to confess that he was a
stranger and a pilgrim upon earth. The death of our relations should
effectually mind us that we are not at home in this world. That I may
bury my dead out of my sight - Death will make those unpleasant to our
sight, who while they lived were the desire of our eyes. The
countenance that was fresh and lively becomes pale and ghastly, and fit to
be removed into the land of darkness.
6: Thou art a prince of God among us - So the word is; not only
great, but good. He called himself a stranger and a sojourner, they
call him a great prince.
7: Abraham returns them thanks for their kind offer, with all
possible decency and respect. Religion teaches good manners, and those
abuse it that place it in rudeness and clownishness.
11: The field give I thee - Abraham thought he must be
intreated to sell it, but upon the first mention, without intreaty, he
freely gives it.
13: I will give thee money for the field - It was not in pride
that Abraham refused the gift; but
- In justice. Abraham was rich in silver and gold, and
therefore would not take advantage of Ephron's generosity.
- In prudence. He would pay for it, lest Ephron, when this good
humour was over, should upbraid him with it.
15: The land is worth four hundred shekels of silver - About fifty
pounds of our money, but what is that between me and thee? - He would
rather oblige his friend than have so much money.
20: A burying place - 'Tis worth noting,
- That a burying - place was the first spot of ground Abraham was
possessed of in Canaan.
- That it was the only piece of land he was ever possessed of, tho' it
was all his own in reversion. Those that have least of this earth find a
grave in it.