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

  • Bruce
    Kent:Disciple:one being taught,learning scripture. An Apostle: sent to bring the gospel to others the way of salvation making disciples. Today we're called:The Body, The Church, Believers. We are Disciples Apostles for we are learning teaching. In who we have Redemption through His Blood,even the forgiveness of sins:Colossians1:14 /called:John 6:44 forgiving:1John 1:9 / changed:2Corinthians 5:17
  • Tim
    I try to live my life by Eph. 4:32. Been my life's creed most of my life.
  • 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.

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