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And finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on his bed through the tiles into the midst of the crowd before Jesus. Bible other translations

“through the tiles.” Mark 2:4 says that the men “uncovered the roof where he was, and...dug through it.” Although the average house had a roof of packed dirt, this house was in Capernaum, which had a large Roman influence, and so it is quite possible that the roof had a cap of tile over the dirt and beams. Thus, the men would “uncover” the roof and then dig through it. It is also possible that Luke, a Greek, was simply expressing what happened in the event in Greek terms. Because so many roofs in Greece and Rome had tile roofs, “the tiles” became a way to refer to the roof, so letting the man down “through the tiles” was simply a way of saying that they let him down through the roof.


Commentary for: Luke 5:19