New International Version
But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Upon the nobles of - Israel he laid not his hand - This laying on of the hand has been variously explained.
1. He did not conceal himself from the nobles of Israel by covering them with his hand, as he did Moses, Exodus 33:22.
2. He did not endue any of the nobles, i.e., the seventy elders, with the gift of prophecy; for so laying on of the hand has been understood.
3. He did not slay any of them; none of them received any injury; which is certainly one meaning of the phrase: see Nehemiah 13:21; Psalm 55:20. Also they saw God, i.e., although they had this discovery of his majesty, yet they did eat and drink, i.e., were preserved alive and unhurt.
Perhaps the eating and drinking here may refer to the peace-offerings on which they feasted, and the libations that were then offered on the ratification of the covenant. But they rejoiced the more because they had been so highly favored, and were still permitted to live; for it was generally apprehended that God never showed his glory in this signal manner but for the purpose of manifesting his justice; and therefore it appeared a strange thing that these should have seen God as it were face to face, and yet live. See Genesis 16:13; Genesis 33:10; and Judges 13:22, Judges 13:23.
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She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me."
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.
With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"
How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe."
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