||'My lord, listen to me. What's 400 silver shekels worth of land between you and me? Bury your dead.'
Adoni shma'eni erets arba me'ot shekel-kesef beyni uveyneycha mah-hi ve'et-metecha kevor.
||Abraham understood what Ephron meant. He weighed out for Ephron the silver that had been mentioned in the presence of the children of Heth, 400 shekels in negotiable currency.
Vayishma Avraham el-Efron vayishkol Avraham le-Efron et-hakesef asher diber be'ozney veney-Chet arba me'ot shekel kesef over lasocher.
A shekel was a unit of weight, equal to 22.8 grams or 0.8 ounces. A silver shekel was therefore a little smaller than a silver dollar, and worth around $1.00. Abraham therefore paid 20 pounds of silver, or about $400 for the cave. Considering land values at the time, this was highly excessive. Thus, for example, King Omri paid only 6000 shekels for the entire territory of Samaria (1 Kings 16:25), and Jeremiah paid only 17 shekels for a property that was at least as large as Makhpelah Field (Jeremiah 32:9). For comparison, according to the Hammurabi Code of that time, a year's wage for a working man was between six and eight shekels.