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

  • Irene123
    Jesus' church began in Acts Ch. 2. No one, outside of the ones Jesus chose while on earth, 120 plus in the upper room, were apostles and prophets until after Peter's first message in Acts 2, and they followed v.38 (after asking, "what must we do"?) and they repented, etc. Even the 120 pus had to be baptized in water in the NAME of Jesus; they had authority to baptize each other by then.
  • Bruce
    Kent:Disciple:one being taught,learning scripture. An Apostle: sent to bring the gospel to others the way of salvation making disciples. Today we're called:The Body, The Church, Believers. We are Disciples Apostles for we are learning teaching. In who we have Redemption through His Blood,even the forgiveness of sins:Colossians1:14 /called:John 6:44 forgiving:1John 1:9 / changed:2Corinthians 5:17
  • Tim
    I try to live my life by Eph. 4:32. Been my life's creed most of my life.
  • A disciple
    Kent, YES but don't look for them to be splashed all over the internet, or on TV: as the true servants of Jesus will also walk in the steps of the Master, and not be seeking for people to recognize them. Like the Lord said; "the tree is known by its fruit;" to whomsoever God gives a gift, it will be from what is really put in him from God; and nothing manufactured by his own doings or methodology.
  • Kent
    in verse im so confused for what paul said , are there apostles and prophets today ?
  • BSP
    Verse 31 shows negative traits and behavior that we need to put away. We must learn to control our temper and our speech when dealing with others.

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