|New International Version (© 2011)|
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.
King James Bible
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
American Standard Version
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay.
Young's Literal Translation
and not being able to come near to him because of the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was, and, having broken it up, they let down the couch on which the paralytic was lying,
Mark 2:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They uncovered the roof - The houses in the east are generally made flat-roofed, that the inhabitants may have the benefit of taking the air on them; they are also furnished with battlements round about, Deuteronomy 22:8; Judges 16:27; and 2 Samuel 11:2, to prevent persons from falling off; and have a trap door by which they descend into the house. This door, it appears, was too narrow to let down the sick man and his couch; so they uncovered the roof, removed a part of the tiles; and having broken it up, taken away the laths or timber, to which the tiles had been attached, they then had room to let down the afflicted man. See Luke 5:19, and on Matthew 10:27 (note); Matthew 24:17 (note).
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Deuteronomy 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you bring not blood on your house...
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Mark 2:4 Parallel CommentariesAble Account Bed Broken Clearing Crowd Digging Dug Finding Head However Jesus Lying Mat Nigh Opening Pallet Palsy Paralytic Paralyzed Press Reason Removed Roof Sick Themselves Unable Uncovered Wherein WhereonAble Account Bed Broken Clearing Crowd Digging Dug Finding Head However Jesus Lying Mat Nigh Opening Pallet Palsy Paralytic Paralyzed Press Reason Removed Roof Sick Themselves Unable Uncovered Wherein WhereonTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Matthew 4:24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
Luke 5:19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.