Exodus 24:11
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.

Berean Study Bible
But God did not lay His hand on the nobles of Israel; they saw Him, and they 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And of the chosen ones of Israel there was not even one missing, and they appeared in the place of 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. Under His feet was a work like a pavement made of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. 11But God did not lay His hand on the nobles of Israel; they saw Him, and they ate and drank.
Cross References
Genesis 16:13
So Hagar gave this name to the LORD who had spoken to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "Here I have seen the One who sees me!"

Genesis 32:30
So Jacob named the place Peniel, saying, "Indeed, I have seen God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Exodus 24:10
and they saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was a work like a pavement made of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.

Numbers 12:8
I speak with him face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you unafraid to speak against My servant Moses?"

Daniel 10:17
How can I, your servant, speak with you, my lord? Now I have no strength, nor is any breath 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 unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off…

Numbers 21:18
The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:

Judges 5:13
Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.

laid not

Exodus 19:21
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Exodus 33:20-23
And he said, Thou canst 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 the breaking of the day…

they saw

Exodus 24:10
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

Genesis 16:13
And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

did eat

Exodus 18:12
And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.

Genesis 18:18
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Genesis 31:54
Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.







Lexicon
But
וְאֶל־ (wə·’el-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

God
הָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

did not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

lay
שָׁלַ֖ח (šā·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

His hand
יָד֑וֹ (yā·ḏōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

on the nobles
אֲצִילֵי֙ (’ă·ṣî·lê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 678: A side, corner, a chief

of Israel;
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

they saw
וַֽיֶּחֱזוּ֙ (way·ye·ḥĕ·zū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2372: To gaze at, to perceive, contemplate, to have a, vision of

Him,
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

and they ate
וַיֹּאכְל֖וּ (way·yō·ḵə·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

and drank.
וַיִּשְׁתּֽוּ׃ (way·yiš·tū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8354: To imbibe
(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 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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