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

  • Irene123
    Eph. 4:8 - This is a ref. to Jesus descending into hell to rescue the O.T. saints who died in faith, Jesus having the KEYS of death and hell, Rev. 1:18. The 'gifts' to men came in Acts 2:38; the MAIN gift was the Holy Ghost from which came all the gifts of - healing, casting out devils, teachers, pastors, etc. Line upon line,.....precept upon precept, Isa. 28:10.
  • Gbadebo Titilope Timothy GTT
    One tree,many abiding branches, realise yourself in Christ, be committed and faithful
  • Irene123
    V. 26 - I had read this verse many times and - I knew it was possible to do, to be angry (really angry, not just miffed) and sin not - because the Bible says so. BUT - I just couldn't imagine how. I found out how a couple of days ago. My husband is anti God. He was trying to be a 'mini' dictator to our FORTY-SIX yr. old son!! I told him it was our son's decision, not his. but, I didn't 'lose' it
  • Rich Kay
    As believers we are charged to always speak good and not evil,to others and about all things,in order to encourage others in the Lord.
  • Sandra sargent
    Verse 32: says be ye kind one to another, forgiving one another as our Father forgives us. This verse really touches me because we need to forgive, love, and be kindhearted toward one another. Hallelujah!! Praise God!! In the name of Jesus..
  • Errol Munroe
    The Bible teaches us to obey the words and the wisdom God and to love thy neighbor as thy self . God bless

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