...for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you. (Genesis 23: 9)

Is the below meaning possible?:

...how much does it cost in your minds? I will pay the cost for it.

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    The KJV Bible features hopelessly outdated language. It would be better not to bother with it at all until you've got a firm grasp of current English (but if you insist on reading that version, you could easily use any more recent one to see what the text means). Sep 16, 2017 at 15:44
  • To the closevoter: This question does not ask for the meaning of amongst you but for its syntactic role. Sep 16, 2017 at 18:21

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No—the price is to be set by Ephron, the owner of the cave of Machpelah. In the AV's translation amongst you modifies buryingplace—Abraham seeks to bury Sarah among the children of Heth.

  • Thanks. I ask it because the translator of the persian edition (he was an english man) has translated it as the meaning I wrote above.
    – user64617
    Sep 16, 2017 at 13:04
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    @user64617 Ah ... it's quite possible that your translator was working from the original Hebrew, not from the Authorised Version you cite. In the Hebrew the syntax runs [for the full price ] [let him sell it to me] [among you] [as a burial place]. English translations more recent than the AV understand among you in the sense "in your presence"--that is, the transaction is to be carried out in public to assure that Abraham's perpetual title to the cave is as it were 'registered' in the community's memory. Sep 16, 2017 at 13:23

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