Ephesians 4:9

“(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that hee also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(Now this {expression,} "He ascended, what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
- American Standard Version (1901)

(Now this, He went up, what is it but that he first went down into the lower parts of the earth?
- Basic English Bible

But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
- Darby Bible

Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
- Webster's Bible

(Now this "re-ascended" --what does it mean but that He had first descended into the lower regions of the earth?
- Weymouth Bible

Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
- World English Bible

But what is it, that he stiede vp, no but that also he cam doun first in to the lowere partis of the erthe?
- Wycliffe Bible

and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:9


4:9 Now this expression, He ascended, what is it, but that he descended - That is, does it not imply, that he descended first? Certainly it does, on the supposition of his being God. Otherwise it would not: since all the saints will ascend to heaven, though none of them descended thence. Into the lower parts of the earth - So the womb is called, #Psa 139:15|; the grave, #Psa 63:9|.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:9


Eph 4:9 Now that he ascended . . . also descended first. Paul, in applying this to Christ, shows that it implies that he must have descended from heaven, before his ascension to heaven. This must necessarily follow, if the one ascending is divine, and has a home in heaven, as Ps 68:18 indicates.

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
    EPHESIANS 4:30 AND GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WHEREBY YOU ARE SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 NEVERTHELESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDETH SURE HAVING THIS SEAL THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS AND LET EVERYONE THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY
  • 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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