New Living Translation
Notice that it says "he ascended." This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.
King James Bible
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that 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?
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?
Ephesians 4:9 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
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.
LibraryNineteenth Sunday after Trinity Duty to New and Old Man.
Text: Ephesians 4, 22-28. 22 That ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. 25 Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 neither give …
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Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done this wondrous thing. Shout for joy, O depths of the earth! Break into song, O mountains and forests and every tree! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel.
Let the tree of no other nation proudly exult in its own prosperity, though it be higher than the clouds and it be watered from the depths. For all are doomed to die, to go down to the depths of the earth. They will land in the pit along with everyone else on earth.
No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.
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