Exodus 24:11
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New International Version
But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

New Living Translation
And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!

English Standard Version
And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

New American Standard Bible
Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.

King James Bible
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Christian Standard Bible
God did not harm the Israelite nobles; they saw him, and they ate and drank.

Contemporary English Version
Even though these leaders of Israel saw God, he did not punish them. So they ate and drank.

Good News Translation
God did not harm these leading men of Israel; they saw God, and then they ate and drank together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God did not harm the Israelite nobles; they saw Him, and they ate and drank.

International Standard Version
Because God did not punish the Israeli leaders, they looked at God, yet lived to eat and drink.

NET Bible
But he did not lay a hand on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, and they ate and they drank.

New Heart English Bible
He did not lay his hand on the nobles of the children of Israel. They saw God, and ate and drank.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God didn't harm these leaders of the Israelites. So they saw God, and then they ate and drank.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He laid not His hand; and they beheld God, and did eat and drink.

New American Standard 1977
Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they beheld God, and they ate and drank.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he did not lay his hand upon the princes of the sons of Israel, and they saw God and ate and drank.

King James 2000 Bible
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

American King James Version
And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

American Standard Version
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: and they beheld God, and did eat and drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither did he lay his hand upon those of the children of Israel, that retired afar off, and they saw God, and they did eat and drink.

Darby Bible Translation
And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: they saw God, and ate and drank.

English Revised Version
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: and they beheld God, and did eat and drink.

Webster's Bible Translation
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and ate and drank.

World English Bible
He didn't lay his hand on the nobles of the children of Israel. They saw God, and ate and drank.

Young's Literal Translation
and unto those of the sons of Israel who are near He hath not put forth His hand, and they see God, and eat and drink.
Study Bible
The Covenant Sealed
10and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. 11Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank. 12Now the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction."…
Cross References
Genesis 16:13
Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, "You are a God who sees"; for she said, "Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?"

Genesis 32:30
So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved."

Exodus 24:10
and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.

Numbers 12:8
With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?"

Daniel 10:17
"For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me."
Treasury of Scripture

And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

nobles

Exodus 24:1,9 And he said to Moses, Come up to the LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, …

Numbers 21:18 The princes dig the well, the nobles of the people dig it, by the …

Judges 5:13 Then he made him that remains have dominion over the nobles among …

1 Kings 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal…

2 Chronicles 23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors …

Nehemiah 2:16 And the rulers knew not where I went, or what I did; neither had …

Jeremiah 14:3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they …

laid not

Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they …

Exodus 33:20-23 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live…

Genesis 32:24-32 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Deuteronomy 4:33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the middle …

Judges 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

they saw

Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it …

Genesis 16:13 And she called the name of the LORD that spoke to her, You God see …

did eat

Exodus 18:12 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices …

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, …

Genesis 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount, and called his brothers …

Deuteronomy 12:7 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice …

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a …

Luke 15:23,24 And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry…

1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the …

(11) The nobles.--The word used is an unusual one, but seems to designate the "elders" of Exodus 24:1; Exodus 24:9. It implies nobility of birth.

He laid not his hand--i.e., He in nowise hurt or injured them. The belief was general that a man could not see God and live (Genesis 32:30; Exodus 32:20; Judges 6:22-23, &c.). In one sense it was true--"No man hath seen the Father." But the Son could reveal Himself under the Old Dispensation, as under the New, and not even cause terror by His presence. (See the last clause of the verse.)

Also they saw God.--Rather, they both saw God, and also did eat and drink. It is intended to express in the clearest way that the two facts were concurrent. As they feasted on the sacrificial meal, the vision of God was made manifest to them. It is impossible to doubt that we have here a precious forecast of the Christian's highest privilege--the realisation of the presence of God in the sacred feast of the Holy Communion.

Verse 11. - The nobles - i.e., the notables - the seventy elders, and other persons, already mentioned (vers. 1, 9). He laid not his hand. God did not smite them with death, or pestilence, or even blindness. It was thought to be impossible to see God and live. (See above, Genesis 32:30; Exodus 32:20; Judges 6:22, 23, etc.) Man was unworthy to draw near to God in any way; and to look on him was viewed as a kind of profanity. Yet some times he chose to show himself, in vision or otherwise, to his people, and then, as there could be no guilt on their part, there was no punishment on his. It is generally supposed that, in all such cases, it was the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity who condescended to show himself. Also they saw God. Rather, "they both saw God, and did eat and drink." The two were simultaneous. As they were engaged in the sacrificial meal, God revealed himself to them.

CHAPTER 24:12-18 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand,.... Which some interpret of his hand of prophecy, and of the measure of the Spirit, such an one as Moses had, and by virtue of which he lived forty days and nights without eating and drinking; but these not having such a measure of the Spirit, were obliged to eat and drink to support nature, as in the next clause: but it is rather to be understood of the hand of God; he did not inflict any disease or death upon them on their sight of him, it being a notion that no man could see God and live; but these men did live, not only Moses, and Aaron and his two sons, but the seventy elders, who were the principal choicest persons among the children of Israel; wherefore the Targum of Jonathan wrongly restrains this to Nadab and Abihu:

also they saw God, and did eat and drink: though they saw God, they continued alive and well, and in good health, of which their eating and drinking were a sign and evidence; or they ate, as Abendana, the sacrifices of the peace offerings, which were usually eaten by the priests and the people; and as a feast was common at covenant making, here was a feast kept by the elders, the representatives of the people, when they covenanted with God. Onkelos favours this sense,"and they rejoiced in their sacrifices, which were accepted with good will, as if they had ate and drank.'' 11. upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand—The "nobles," that is, the elders, after the sprinkling of the blood, were not inspired with terror in presence of the calm, benign, radiant symbol of the divine majesty; so different from the terrific exhibitions at the giving of the law. The report of so many competent witnesses would tend to confirm the people's faith in the divine mission of Moses.

eat and drink—feasted on the peace offering—on the remnants of the late sacrifices and libations. This feast had a prophetic bearing, intimating God's dwelling with men.24:9-11 The elders saw the God of Israel; they had some glimpse of his glory, though whatever they saw, it was something of which no image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy them that God was with them of a truth. Nothing is described but what was under his feet. The sapphires are the pavement under his feet; let us put all the wealth of this world under our feet, and not in our hearts. Thus the believer sees in the face of Jesus Christ, far clearer discoveries of the glorious justice and holiness of God, than ever he saw under terrifying convictions; and through the Saviour, holds communion with a holy God.
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