Genesis 23, Didn't Ephron say he wanted to give Abraham the land?

Question: Didnt Ephron say he wanted to give abraham the land to him? Why was abraham insisting on paying for it. Was it just the way Abraham's character was? Answer: The transaction between Abraham and Ephron was a normal negotiation for them. The seller would often offer to give the item, but it was just to start the negotiation. The buyer would insist on paying, so the seller would offer a very high price. Then the buyer would offer to pay a lesser price, and back and forth they would go until they agreed on a price. In Genesis 23, Abraham did not haggle, but took the high price for the land. -PJ