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

  • Todd Brawley
    And again i say.....read proverbs. I think if all read and followed that book, the rrst of it would come easy if you live by the rulls.
  • A disciple
    "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another...Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers." The first tendency of a guilty conscience is to run and hide and then right on its heels to lie about it. We come to the light TO BE MANIFESTED!
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:49 for I have not spoken of myself but THE FATHER which sent me HE gave ME a commandment what I should say and what I should speak --12:50-- and I know that HIS commandment is life everlasting whatsoever I speak therefore even as THE FATHER said unto ME so I speak
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 5:30 the GOD of our fathers raised up JESUS whom you slew and hanged on a tree Acts 2:32 this JESUS hath GOD raised up whereof we all are witnesses ACTS 1:1 the former treatise have I made o theophilus of all that JESUS began both to do and teach --1:2-- until the day in which HE was taken up after that HE through the holy spirit had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 8:11 but if the spirit of HIM that raised up JESUS from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by HIS spirit that dwelleth in you --8:12-- therefore brethren we are debtors not to the flesh to live after the flesh --8:13-- for if you live after the flesh you shall die but if you through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body you shall live
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you --- they are spirit --- and they are life John 5:21 for as THE FATHER raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them even so THE SON quickeneth whom HE will PSALM 119:25 my soul cleaveth unto the dust quicken thou me according to THY word

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