Ephesians 4:11

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he gaue some, Apostles: and some, Prophets: and some, Euangelists: and some, Pastors, and teachers:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He gave some {as} apostles, and some {as} prophets, and some {as} evangelists, and some {as} pastors and teachers,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he gave some `to be' apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave some as Apostles, and some, prophets; and some, preachers of the good news; and some to give care and teaching;
- Basic English Bible

and *he* has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers,
- Darby Bible

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- Webster's Bible

And He Himself appointed some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers,
- Weymouth Bible

He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers;
- World English Bible

And he yaf summe apostlis, summe prophetis, othere euangelistis, othere scheepherdis and techeris,
- Wycliffe Bible

and He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] proclaimers of good news, and some [as] shepherds and teachers,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:11

4:11 And, among other his free gifts, he gave some apostles - His chief ministers and special witnesses, as having seen him after his resurrection, and received their commission immediately from him. And same prophets, and some evangelists - A prophet testifies of things to come; an evangelist of things past: and that chiefly by preaching the gospel before or after any of the apostles. All these were extraordinary officers. The ordinary were. Some pastors - Watching over their several flocks. And some teachers - Whether of the same or a lower order, to assist them, as occasion might require.

People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:11

Eph 4:11 And he gave. It has just been shown that Christ "gave gifts to men" (Eph 4:7,8). Of these gifts were various offices. The object of all these offices was to promote "the unity of the faith" (Eph 4:13). Christ has appointed the offices, and gives the men in the church who are fitted for these offices. In the matter of those offices that continue, it is the duty of the church to recognize and call out the men who meet the conditions Christ has given. Some, apostles. The apostles were all chosen by Christ. All had to be witnesses of his resurrection (Ac 1:22). They, therefore, could have no successors, but their own office continues. They still remain teachers and in authority by their writings and example. And some, prophets. An inspired office, essential in the church for its teaching until the New Testament was completed. And some, evangelists. Such as Philip (Ac 8:4-12 21:8), Timothy (2Ti 4:2), Titus (Tit 2:1,15), etc. This office is to preach the gospel, and will be necessary as long as the church continues on earth. As this office did not require extraordinary gifts, it is permanent. And some, pastors and teachers. These were not distinct offices. Bishops, or elders, and especially those "who labored in word and doctrine" (1Ti 5:17), came under this head. A pastor should always be an elder, but it is not certain that a teacher was always an elder. These offices were all given for the purposes indicated in Eph 4:12.

Discussion for Ephesians 4

  • Felicia
    To Juarez
    Thank God we have the Holy Spirit who is always with us in our walk with the Lord. If we are going to depend on our own efforts to fulfill the demands of Scripture and please God we will never get there Jesus says "...apart from me you can do nothing" Jh 15:5 We pray to God in Jesus name and depend on the Holy Spirit to help us in all things it makes life easier.
  • A disciple
    Kent, YES but don't look for them to be splashed all over the internet, or on TV: as the true servants of Jesus will also walk in the steps of the Master, and not be seeking for people to recognize them. Like the Lord said; "the tree is known by its fruit;" to whomsoever God gives a gift, it will be from what is really put in him from God; and nothing manufactured by his own doings or methodology.
  • Kent
    in verse im so confused for what paul said , are there apostles and prophets today ?
  • BSP
    Verse 31 shows negative traits and behavior that we need to put away. We must learn to control our temper and our speech when dealing with others.
  • Bruce
    Juarez: Sometimes it is hard to forgive someone, even with Christ in my heart. I could boil for a while, grit my teeth,where's that baseball bat! Thanks be to God he can bring calm in the storm! All the sinful things we done that brought unbelievable pain to our Savior! He said I forgive you. The anger can turn to peace when you forgive those who hurt you. Face to face or in prayer or both.

  • Michelleann Juarez
    The verse about not laying down with anger in my heart is so very hard for me.Especially when others hurt me.Or someone I love or just any injustices against those whom can not defend themselves.How do you overcome this any advice?

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