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. 4:30 - as individuals, in this worldly life, we are redeemed, one by one. But there is a world wide redemption for the whole church, on the horizon.
  • Curtis Davis
    You are on the journey to forgiveness .Their is a process to for forgiv
  • Steve morrow
    EPH 4:4 THERE IS ON BODY AND ONE SPIRIT EVEN AS YOU ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING 4:5 ONE LORD ONE FAITH ONE BAPTISM 4:6 ONE GOD AND FATHER OF--ALL--WHO IS ABOVE --ALL-- AND THROUGH ALL AND IN YOU ALL 4:7 BUT UNTO EVERY ONE OF US IS GIVEN GRACE ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF THE GIFT OF CHRIST
  • Tim
    I try to live my life by Eph. 4:32. Been my life's creed most of my life.
  • Kent
    in verse im so confused for what paul said , are there apostles and prophets today ?
  • 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.

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