Gen 23:11

23:11 I give. As the excessive price requested (v. 15 note) and Abraham’s offer of money (v. 13) indicate, Ephron’s offer to give the cave and field was part of the Near Eastern bargaining ritual. The seeming generosity of the offer was probably intended either to obligate Abraham to respond with a gift of even greater value (if accepted) or to discourage Abraham from lengthy negotiation over the price.