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During Bible History, a pallet was a mattress filled with straw or made of quilts that was used as a compact bed (some Bible translations use pallet while others use bed) on which disabled people could be carried. The original Greek word of the New Testament, from which pallet was translated, is pronounced crab-bat-os, meaning a mattress.

The Miraculous Healing Of People On Pallets

Crutch The healing of a man at Jesus' own home (i.e. Jesus Christ was not a "homeless wanderer" as some believe) in Capernaum:

"And when He returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."

"Now some of the Scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

"And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His Spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - He said to the paralytic - "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" (Mark 2:1-12 RSV)

The healing of a man at Bethesda in Jerusalem:

"Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethzatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed ... When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"

"The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me."

"Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk."

"And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked." (John 5:2-9 RSV)

Fact Finder: Did the apostles, by means of the Holy Spirit, also heal people who had been confined to pallets?
Acts 5:12-15, 9:32-34

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