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Bed

There is indication that the place of the bed was sometimes a raised portion of the floor on which the sleeping mats were laid. In the daytime these would serve as resting places or even where persons would sit and chat. Later forms of the bed are revealed as wood frames to which was attached a webbing of rope or fabric to support the pallet and covering (see Wilkinson, Ancient Egypt; ANEP, 658, 660, 740. Such a type is indicated in 1 Sam 19:15; 2 Kings 4:10, 21; Ezek 23:41). The bed of the lame man (John 5) is this same type, a light wood frame with legs and webbing, easily carried by one from place to place (krabbaton, 5:8, 9). It was easily used as a stretcher (Luke 9:18-25) in the case of the palsied man. Richness. For the desert dwelling bedouin or the city dweller in the house the method of embellishment for the bed spread on the floor or on the raised platform was the profuse addition of layers of carpets: “I have decked my couch with coverings, colored spreads of Egypti