Ephesians 4:9
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New International Version
(What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?

New Living Translation
Notice that it says "he ascended." This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.

English Standard Version
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?

Berean Study Bible
What does "He ascended" mean, except that He also descended to the lower parts of the earth?

Berean Literal Bible
Now what is "He ascended," except that He also descended into the lower regions of the earth?

New American Standard Bible
(Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?

King James Bible
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But what does "He ascended" mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?

International Standard Version
Now what does this "he went up" mean except that he also had gone down into the lower parts of the earth?

NET Bible
Now what is the meaning of "he ascended," except that he also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But that he ascended, what is it but that also he first descended to the lower regions of The Earth?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now what does it mean that he went up except that he also had gone down to the lowest parts of the earth?

New American Standard 1977
(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Jubilee Bible 2000
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

King James 2000 Bible
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

American King James Version
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

American Standard Version
(Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

English Revised Version
(Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Webster's Bible Translation
Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Young's Literal Translation
and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?
Study Bible
Unity in the Body
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? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

“He ascended,”
Anebē (V-AIA-3S)
To go up, mount, ascend; of things: I rise, spring up, come up. From ana and the base of basis; to go up.

except
ei (Conj)
If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

He also descended
katebē (V-AIA-3S)
To go down, come down, either from the sky or from higher land, descend. From kata and the base of basis; to descend.

A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lower. Comparative from kato; inferior.

A part, portion, share. From an obsolete but more primary form of meiromai; a division or share.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.

Commentary
Matthew 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.
Cross References
Isaiah 44:23
Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; For the LORD has redeemed Jacob And in Israel He shows forth His glory.

Ezekiel 31:14
so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the clouds, nor their well-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit."

John 3:13
No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven--the Son of Man.
Treasury of Scripture

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

he ascended.

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the …

John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from …

John 6:33,62 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, …

he also.

Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children …

Exodus 19:20 And the LORD came down on mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and …

John 6:33,38,41,51,58 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives …

John 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record of myself, …

John 16:27,28 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and …

the lower.

Psalm 8:5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned …

Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower …

Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and …

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly…

Hebrews 2:7,9 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with …

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