New International Version
This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people."
New Living Translation
That is why the Scriptures say, "When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people."
English Standard Version
Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
Berean Study Bible
This is why it says: "When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men."
Berean Literal Bible
Therefore it says: "Having ascended on high, He led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men."
New American Standard Bible
Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."
King James Bible
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.
International Standard Version
That is why God says, "When he went up to the highest place, he led captives into captivity and gave gifts to people."
Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men."
New Heart English Bible
Therefore he says, "When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore it is said, “He ascended to the heights and took captivity prisoner and he has given gifts to the children of men.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's why the Scriptures say: "When he went to the highest place, he took captive those who had captured us and gave gifts to people."
New American Standard 1977
Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
CommentaryMatthew Henry Commentary
4:7-16 Unto every believer is given some gift of grace, for their mutual help. All is given as seems best to Christ to bestow upon every one. He received for them, that he might give to them, a large measure of gifts and graces; particularly the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not a mere head knowledge, or bare acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, but such as brings trust and obedience. There is a fulness in Christ, and a measure of that fulness given in the counsel of God to every believer; but we never come to the perfect measure till we come to heaven. God's children are growing, as long as they are in this world; and the Christian's growth tends to the glory of Christ. The more a man finds himself drawn out to improve in his station, and according to his measure, all that he has received, to the spiritual good of others, he may the more certainly believe that he has the grace of sincere love and charity rooted in his heart.
Study BibleUnity in the Body
…7Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8This is why it says: “When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men.” 9What does “He ascended” mean, except that He also descended to the lower parts of the earth?…
"Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and take away your captives, O son of Abinoam.
You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Treasury of Scripture
Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.
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