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E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 23:20

made sure. This was all strictly in conformity with the commercial enactments of the Code of Khammurabi. See App-15 . buryingplace. All that Abraham possessed; hut in the faith and hope of resurrection. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 23:19-20

"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 children of Heth."Some have marveled that so much is made of this in the Bible, but the importance of it lies in the fact that this was the only part of the literal land of Canaan that Abraham ever owned. Also, his purchase of it at such... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 23:19-20

The writer noted twice that Hebron was within the land of Canaan (Genesis 23:2; Genesis 23:19) and stressed repeatedly that the negotiations for the land were official (Genesis 23:10; Genesis 23:13; Genesis 23:16; Genesis 23:18). There was no doubt that this part of the land now justly belonged to Abraham and his heirs."This verse [Genesis 23:20] is a conclusion to Genesis 23:2-19. It seems strange appearing after Genesis 23:19 -which would have been a reasonable note on which to conclude. Its... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 23:1-20

Death of Sarah and Purchase of the Buryingplace of Machpelah by AbrahamThis section is from the Priestly source and dwells on the legal transaction.2. Came] rather, ’went in,’ perhaps from his own tent to that of Sarah. 3. Stood up from before his dead] To sit upon the ground was the posture of mourning: cp. Job 2:13. Sons of Heth] i.e. the Hittites: see on Genesis 10:15.6. After true Eastern custom, there was excessive courtesy in the transaction, but a large sum was in the end required. ’In... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 23:20

(20) Were made sure unto Abraham.—For the difficulties connected with St. Stephen’s apparent confusion of this transaction with that recorded in Genesis 33:19, see Note on Acts 7:16. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Genesis 23:1-20

PURCHASE OF MACHPELAHGenesis 23:1-20IT may be supposed to be a needless observation that our life is greatly influenced by the fact that it speedily and certainly ends in death. But it might be interesting, and it would certainly be surprising, to trace out the various ways in which this fact influences life. Plainly every human affair would be altered if we lived on here for ever, supposing that were possible. What the world would be had we no predecessors, no wisdom but what our own past... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 23:1-20

CHAPTER 23 The Death of Sarah 1. Sarah dies (Genesis 23:1-2 ) 2. The grave obtained (Genesis 23:3-18 ) 3. The burial of Sarah (Genesis 23:19-20 ) We call the attention to the typical meaning of the death of Sarah. She is the type of the nation Israel and her death in this chapter signifies the death of Israel, nationally. This must be brought in connection with the previous chapter. There we learned that Isaac was upon the altar and taken from it. This is typical of the death and... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Genesis 23:20

23:20 And the field, and the cave that [is] therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace {f} by the sons of Heth.(f) That is, all the people confirmed the sale. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 23:1-20

THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF SARAH The time arrives for Sarah's death at the age of 127 years. This illustrates another lesson as regards the aftermath of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus. Sarah is typical of the elect remnant of faith in the nation Israel, the godly, who virtually gave birth to the Lord Jesus. But after the cross, Israel practically withered away and died so far as any godliness was concerned, and since that time has not been revived to take any place of godly devotion to their... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Genesis 23:1-20

ISAAC ’S BIRTH , SARAH ’S DEATH THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON (CHAP. 21) There is little requiring explanation in this chapter, but Genesis 21:9-13 should not be passed without a look at Galatians 4:21-31 . Christians are the spiritual seed of Abraham, and those who would supplement faith in Christ by the works of the law are the children of the bond-woman, who have no place with the children of the promise. God, however, is not unmindful of Hagar and Ishmael, nor of His promise to Abraham... read more

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