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 4:9

  • Obviously, He "ascended " from earth to heaven. So it 's only logical that He had first done the opposite descended from heaven to earth. He didn 't "ascend " FROM a different place than He had descented TO first. Hell was not part of either trip. It was to earth and back to heaven like the bottom of a ladder and the top.

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