Make every effort to keep the unity(A) of the Spirit through the bond of peace.(B) There is one body(C) and one Spirit,(D) just as you were called to one hope when you were called(E); one Lord,(F) one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all,(G) who is over all and through all and in all.(H)

But to each one of us(I) grace(J) has been given(K) as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives(L)
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](M)

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(N) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)(O)

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  1. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
  2. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm 68:18
  3. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth

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