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

  • A disciple
    (17-19) Many seem to believe that everything is automatically done for us the moment we become a Christian. While we have confessed our sins to God and repented with the most solemn and sincere intentions, and have received forgiveness and a new start in life, no longer under sin's dominion and control over us; yet there is much still in us that is not fit for God's presence and fellowship.
  • Bruce
    BSP: There are way many Churches that "Preach" from The Bible? They look and sound good. They help others,don't drink or curse. They done this or that,said a Prayer and believe they are Saved. When they tell the Pastor they don't Feel Saved,he will ask did you ask The Lord in your Life. Well don't trust your feeling,that's Satan. With The Spirit Living within, You will Know. He Gives Great Joy.
  • BSP
    Verse 17: True Christians were and are not to act like the worldly ones around them.
  • Steve morrow
  • A disciple
    Dear Toni; There is so much today going wrong! It all makes you want to cry and just shake your head in utter disbelief. When we were first saved, and began reading and hearing about the end times; we could try and imagine; but now that we see all the restraint being taken away, it just horrible beyond words. But we have HIS WORDS! and HERE IS THE PATIENCE AND THE FAITH OF THE SAINTS! >Psalm 37<
  • Toni Serfas
    Here is how I feel about this verse in this day and age. I read it and say to myself what think about this verse if there were no verse before nor after it. Be ye angry, yes I am angry the way this world is today. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all our sins and if he would not have we would all continue to sin and go straight to hell when we die, no chance for heaven nor eternity. Let no the sun go down upon your wrath, No, I will not let the Sun go down upon my anger regarding the way this world is today, I know Satan is always around me however, he cannot touch me as long as my Father Creator is around me always. Satan is not my Father nor Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ is and of whom I will always pray too. We as human have complicated the most simple things. One Father, One Son and One Holy Ghost, AMEN TO THAT. Whomever may send me a negative response to my comment, Does not bother me that just causes more anger which I know how to ignore. Thank You

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