Ephesians 4:8

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore he saith: When he ascended vp on high, he led captiuitie captiue, and gaue gifts vnto men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts unto men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason he says, He went up on high, taking his prisoners with him, and gave freely to men.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore he says, Having ascended up on high, he has led captivity captive, and has given gifts to men.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.
- Webster's Bible

For this reason Scripture says: "He re-ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and gave gifts to men."
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore he says, "When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
- World English Bible

for which thing he seith, He stiynge an hiy, ledde caitifte caitif, he yaf yiftis to men.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore, he saith, `Having gone up on high he led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men,' --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:8


4:8 Wherefore he saith - That is, in reference to which God saith by David, Having ascended on high, he led captivity captive - He triumphed over all his enemies, Satan, sin, and death, which had before enslaved all the world: alluding to the custom of ancient conquerors, who led those they had conquered in chains after them. And, as they also used to give donatives to the people, at their return from victory, so he gave gifts to men - Both the ordinary and extraordinary gifts of the Spirit. #Psa 68:18|.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:8


Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith. The citation is from Ps 68:18. It is cited to show that Christ gives. When he ascended on high. Paul applies this to Christ's ascension to heaven. He led captivity captive. The captives, led captive by Christ, are sin, the curse of the law, and death. And gave gifts to men. As a conqueror, returning in triumph, was wont to distribute gifts, so Christ signalized his ascension by gifts.

Discussion for Ephesians 4

  • Bja
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Kim, Ephesians 4 3:6 gives us the context; one spirit, one body of Christ (his church) is in unity, with a high calling of hope and peace. We are to be in unity of God's law. Contending for the faith.
  • Lu2677
    Hello Ivy, you wrote that sometimes in order to forgive, we have to forgive ourselves too. Can you give me the scripture that tells us this is true? Because I just read Ephesians 4, I searched this site for the word "forgive" and "forgiveness" I do not see where God commands or even suggests to us to forgive ourselves. We are commanded to repent of our sins. I am trying to help you with love.
  • Ivy
    Showing forgiveness sometimes is being kind to those who hurt you. Showing that you love them and your over it no matter what however sometimes in order to forgive sometimes we have to forgive ourselves to. God wants us to forgive not just others but ourselves for the mistakes God is still working on us.
  • Eph 4:22 speaks on total transformation.We need to fill our minds with the mind of Christ.Our new life in Him becomes so strong like a tree planted near the river.
  • Ruby L. Haggerty
    How does the church rushers relates to Ephesians chapter 4 verse 12 ?

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