Mark 2:4

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when they could not come nigh vnto him for preasse, they vncouered the roofe where he was: and when they had broken it vp, they let downe the bed wherin the sick of the palsie lay.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when they were unable to get near him because of all the people, they got the roof uncovered where he was: and when it was broken up, they let down the bed on which the man was.
- Basic English Bible

and, not being able to get near to him on account of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and having dug [it] up they let down the couch on which the paralytic lay.
- Darby Bible

And when they could not come nigh to him by reason of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed on which the sick with the palsy lay.
- Webster's Bible

Finding themselves unable, however, to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they untiled the roof just over His head, and after clearing an opening they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
- Weymouth Bible

When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on.
- World English Bible

And whanne thei myyten not brynge hym to Jhesu for the puple, thei vnhileden the roof where he was, and openede it, and thei leten doun the bed in which the sijk man in palesie laye.
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 2:4


2:4 They uncovered the roof - Or, took up the covering, the lattice or trap door, which was on all their houses, (being flat roofed.) And finding it not wide enough, broke the passage wider, to let down the couch.


Discussion for Mark 2:4

  • This action shows such unselfish love,friendship and compassion and determination; just like Jesus' love for us. Was this man worthy of such a demonstration of love? Are we? Love like this is priceless.It cost his friends. Maybe they had to repair the roof, or maybe they were arrested?? but they were not deterred by the obstacle before them.They accomplished their mission!
    This is an example for me. To be like minded- Makes me think!

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