17 And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.
17 In the view of the Israelites below, the Glory of God looked like a raging fire at the top of the mountain.
17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.
17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus 24:17
Commentary on Exodus 24:12-18
(Read Exodus 24:12-18)
A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God's special presence there. Moses was sure that he who called him up would protect him. Even those glorious attributes of God which are most terrible to the wicked, the saints with humble reverence rejoice in. And through faith in the atoning Sacrifice, we hope for greater honour than Moses ever enjoyed on earth. Now we see through a glass darkly, but when he shall appear, then face to face. This vision of God will continue with equal, if not increasing brightness of joy; not for a few days only, but through eternity.