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

  • Villa Harris
    Love is the greatest gift, and with God all things are possible. Eph. Be strong in the lord you God with him all things are possible.
  • A disciple
    "..that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.." Walk; (Greek=peripateo; to teead all around, tread all around, i.e. walk at large, (esp. as a proof of ability); fig. to live, deport oneself, follow [a course in life]). Worthy; (Greek=axios; appropriately); i.e. deserving, comparable or suitable. Vocation; (Greek=Klesis; an invitation); calling.
  • Lu2677
    Irene 123 "A world wide redemption for the whole church is on the horizon." What is your reference for the statement? Who; what group, of people do you call "the whole church"? Thanks
  • Bob
    The Lord and His word are meant to be taken personally. Weather good or bad, it is always His decision. His word is " do not let the sun go down on your anger". Honesty, integrity, humility and The Fear of The Lord. This leads to life.
  • Lilian
    To Michelleann: Jesus loves you surrender everything to Jesus and let him handle your situation. He is the only one who can heal our pain and wipe our tears only believe that Jesus is the healer. Keep thanking the blood of Jesus everyday praise and worship him with songs and praises meditate his words and his inspirational songs the moment you hear this the works of the defeated devil will crushed
  • Victor
    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
    12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

    We all have a work to do in the body. No one part is more important than another.

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