Genesis 23:3
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New American Standard Bible
Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

King James Bible
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

World English Bible
Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham riseth up from the presence of his dead, and speaketh unto the sons of Heth, saying,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Abraham purchases a burying-ground in the land. "The sons of Heth." These are the lords of the soil. "A stranger and a sojourner." He is a stranger, not a Hittite; a sojourner, a dweller in the land, not a mere visitor or traveller. The former explains why he has no burial-ground; the latter, why he asks to purchase one. "Bury my dead out of my sight." The bodies of those most dear to us decay, and must be removed from our sight. Abraham makes his request in the most general terms. In the somewhat exaggerated style of Eastern courtesy, the sons of Heth reply, "Hear us, my lord." One speaks for all; hence, the change of number. "My lord" is simply equivalent to our "Sir," or the German "mein Herr." "A prince of God" in those times of simple faith was a chief notably favored of God, as Abraham had been in his call, his deliverance in Egypt, his victory over the kings, his intercession for the cities of the vale, and his protection the court of Abimelek. Some of these events were well known to the Hittites, as they had occurred while he was residing among them.

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Exhortations to those who are Called
IF, after searching you find that you are effectually called, I have three exhortations to you. 1. Admire and adore God's free grace in calling you -- that God should pass over so many, that He should pass by the wise and noble, and that the lot of free grace should fall upon you! That He should take you out of a state of vassalage, from grinding the devil's mill, and should set you above the princes of the earth, and call you to inherit the throne of glory! Fall upon your knees, break forth into
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
Genesis 10:15
Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth

Genesis 15:20
and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim

Genesis 25:10
the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife.

Genesis 49:30
in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.

1 Samuel 26:6
Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, saying, "Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?" And Abishai said, "I will go down with you."

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