Question: Ephesians 4:8 is a quote from Psalm 68:18, but it is miss-quoted.The verse in Ephesians says "gave gifts to men,” while Psalms says "received gifts from men". Ephesians 4:4-6: Focus on all the things you have in common. (v. 8) Therefore it says, [Ps 68:18] 'When He ascended on high [to heaven], He led captives [8] 1) Every believer has been individually gifted (Eph. How to Develop Unity in the Church. 4:7); 2) Christ obtained the right to give gifts (Eph.4:8-10); 3) the Lord blesses the whole church (Eph. Ephesians 4:1-3: Check your own attitude first. EPHESIANS 4:7-9: HE LED THE CAPTIVES FREE AND GAVE GIFTS TO MEN [Eph 4:7-9]: (v. 7) "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. In Ephesians some have interpreted the captives: (1) as the enemies of Christ, namely, Satan, sin, and death; or (2) as the people who have been the captives of Satan, sin and death, and who are now taken captive by Christ in redemption. Ephesians 4:8, Ephesians 4:11. Ephesians 4:7-11 [7] But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Eni de hekasto hemon edo the e chari s kata to metron tes doreas tou Christou.. Amplified: Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift. Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. The first interpretation seems to be more fitting. Verse 8 is a quotation from the Old Testament, where the context is referring to what God did, so there are some who say that if the verse is applied to Christ, then Christ must be God. Ephesians 4:7-8 (7) But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. To ascend on high must have meant for Christ a large increase of His quickening influence, more power to act beneficially on human minds and hearts, to purify and energise, to inspire and elevate, as hitherto He had not been able. A Glorious Ascension. (8) This is why it says, “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (NIV) 1. Ephesians 4:7(NASB) Verse Thoughts As God’s blood-bought children we are called into union with Christ, identified with His righteousness, seated with Him in heavenly places and exhorted to live and walk in a manner that is worthy of the divine calling, with which we have all been called. 4:11). Here is how I would approach Ephesians 4:1-10 now. Why does Ephesians 4:8 miss-quote Psalm 68:18? Questions about God, the Bible and the Christian culture .