New International Version
Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.
King James Bible
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Darby Bible Translation
let not him that is on the house come down to take the things out of his house;
World English Bible
Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house.
Young's Literal Translation
he on the house-top -- let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house;
Matthew 24:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let him which is on the house top - The houses of the Jews, as well as those of the ancient Greeks and Romans, were flat-roofed, and had stairs on the outside, by which persons might ascend and descend without coming into the house. In the eastern walled cities, these flat-roofed houses usually formed continued terraces from one end of the city to the other; which terraces terminated at the gates. He, therefore, who is walking on the house top, let him not come down to take any thing out of his house; but let him instantly pursue his course along the tops of the houses, and escape out at the city gate as fast as he can.
Any thing - Instead of τι, any thing, we should read τα, the things; which reading is supported by all the best MSS., versions, and fathers.
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1 Samuel 9:25
After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.
2 Samuel 11:2
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.
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.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
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