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

  • 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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