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

  • Bookreadingismything
    I learned this the hard way. Now I watch what I say, thinking with regret and remorse about the unkind things I said in the past.
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 20:24 BUT NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME NEITHER COUNT I MY LIFE DEAR UNTO MYSELF SO THAT I MIGHT FINISH MY COURSE WITH JOY AND THE MINISTRY WHICH I HAVE RECEIVED OF THE LORD JESUS TO TESTIFY THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD COLOSSIANS 1:6 WHICH IS COME UNTO YOU AS IT IS IN ALL THE WORLD AND BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT AS IT DOTH ALSO IN YOU SINCE THE DAY YOU HEARD OF IT AND KNEW THE GRACE OF GOD IN TRUTH TITUS 2:11 FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGETH SALVATION HATH APPEARED UNTO ALL MEN --2:12-- TEACHING US -- THAT DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY RIGHTEOUSLY AND GODLY IN THIS PRESENT WORLD PSALM 118:8 IT IS BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD THAN TO PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN MAN PSALM 108:12 GIVE US HELP FROM TROUBLE --- FOR VAIN IS THE HELP OF MAN
  • Elaine Maxine Howell
    It s difficult to minister to others, when you are not spiritually feeding nor standing firmly on the foundation of God s Word . Message: The Holy Bible is truly the Word of God, sealed and delivered with the entirety of His existence. The Holy Bible is a an effective resource that allows us to gain knowledge by firmly grounding ourselves in the Word of God, by reading and comprehending God s law. Therefore, continue to grow in knowledge, love, faith, and harmony, trusting and believing that the Lord is your foundation, that will never blemish or crumble. Because He lives, His Word feeds me. Because He lives, His Love surrounds me. Because He lives, His Blood covers me. Because He lives, His Grace reaches me. Because He lives, His Mercy saved me. Because He lives, His Strength protects me. Because He lives, I Live. Go in peace my brothers and sisters in Christ and know that He is near. Amen Elaine Maxine Howell Teacher Author God Bless :-
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 3:9 FOR WE ARE --- LABORERES --- TOGETHER WITH GOD YOU ARE GODS HUSBANDRY YOU ARE GODS BUILDING --3:10-- ACCORDING TO THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO ME AS A WISE MASTERBUILDER I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION AND ANOTHER BUILDETH THEREON BUT LET EVREY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THEREUPON --3:11-- FOR OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT IS LAID WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST PROVERBS 24:3 THROUGH WISDOM IS AN HOUSE BUILDED AND BY UNDERSTANDING IT IS ESTABLISHED --24:5-- A WISE MAN IS STRONG YEA A MAN OF KNOWLEDGE INCREASETH STRENGTH 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 AND HE SAID UNTO ME MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE --- FOR MY STRENGTH --- IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS --- MOST GLADLY THEREFORE WILL I RATHER GLORY IN MY INFIRMITIES THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME ECCLESIASTES 8:4 WHERE THE WORD OF A KING IS THERE IS POWER AND WHO MAY SAY UNTO HIM WHAT DOEST THOU 1 CORINTHIANS 1:24 BUT UNTO THEM WHICH ARE CALLED BOTH JEWS AND GREEKS CHRIST THE POWER OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF GOD ACTS 20:32 AND NOW BRETHREN I COMMEND YOU TO GOD AND TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE WHICH IS ABLE TO BUILD YOU UP AND TO GIVE YOU AN INHERITANCE AMONG ALL THEM WHICH ARE SANCTIFIED
  • Teena
    Do not speak down to people. Do not be quick to point out the faults and short comings of others, they already know them. Look for the positive and speak on that, to allow them to see goodness and hope in a situation.
  • BSP
    Verse 24: We must continue to strive to put on the new person or personality. We want to adjust our way of thinking so that we please Jehovah God.

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