Was removed (apecwrisqh). First aorist passive indicative of apocwrizw, to separate, to part ( Acts 15:39 ). "The heaven was parted." As a scroll when it is rolled up (w biblion elissomenon). Present passive participle of elissw, old verb, to roll up, in N.T. only here (from Isaiah 34:4 ) and Hebrews 1:12 (from Psalms 102:27 ). Vivid picture of the expanse of the sky rolled up and away as a papyrus roll ( Luke 4:17 ). Were moved (ekinhqhsan). First aorist passive indicative of kinew, to move. Out of their places (ek twn topwn autwn). See also Luke 16:20 for these violent displacements in the earth's crust. Cf. Nahum 1:5 ; Jeremiah 4:24 . Jesus spoke of faith removing mountains (of difficulty) as in Mark 11:23 (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:2 ).