Ephesians 4:9
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English Standard Version
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, 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?

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?

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


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Now that He ascended

Ephesians 4:9 and Ephesians 4:10 are parenthetical, showing what the ascension of Christ presupposes. By descending into the depths and ascending above all, He entered upon His function of filling the whole universe, in virtue of which function He distributes gifts to men. See Ephesians 1:23. Rev., properly, inserts this, thus giving the force of the article which calls attention to the fact of ascension alluded to in the quotation. "Now the or this 'He ascended."'

What is it but

What does it imply?

Descended first (καὶ κατέβη)

His ascent implies a previous descent. A.V. reads first, following the Tex. Rec. πρῶτον. Rev., correctly, He also descended. Compare John 3:13.

The lower parts of the earth (τὰ κατώτερα μέρη τῆς γῆς)

The under world. The reference is to Christ's descent into Hades. Some give the words a comparative force, deeper than the earth.

Ephesians 4:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he ascended.

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment?...

John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

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

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father...

Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit you on my right hand...

he also.

Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

Exodus 19:20 And the LORD came down on mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount...

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

John 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know from where I came, and where I go...

John 16:27,28 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God...

the lower.

Psalm 8:5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth.

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 glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands...

Cross References
Isaiah 44:23
Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.

Ezekiel 31:14
All this is in order that no trees by the waters may grow to towering height or set their tops among the clouds, and that no trees that drink water may reach up to them in height. For they are all given over to death, to the world below, among the children of man, with those who go down to the pit.

John 3:13
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

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