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.

Exodus 24:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
ESV
11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
NLT
11 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!
MSG
11 He didn't hurt these pillar-leaders of the Israelites: They saw God; and they ate and drank.
CSB
11 God did not harm the Israelite nobles; they saw Him, and they ate and drank.

Exodus 24:11 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 24:11

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.''

Exodus 24:11 In-Context

9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up
10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.
11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.
12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”
13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S ver 10; Genesis 32:30; S Exodus 3:6; S Exodus 19:21
  • 2. Ezekiel 44:3; Matthew 26:29