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Exodus 24:11

11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

Read Exodus 24:11 Using Other Translations

And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
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!

What does Exodus 24:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 24:11

And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his
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.''
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