Eph. 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led "captivity captive," and gave gifts unto men.
Just what did God hold captive? Maybe the adversary? Jesus ascended, he is going, up on high..and from there LED "captivity" (something caught) and remained captive.
What or whoever was "in" captivity was now, "again captive." I just don't see anything freed here such as "prisoners of war." Dead or alive.
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air....... Now here is something that could be a captive and remain in captivity, and I know it says "air", but "air" is certainly can be "high."
"HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE He's leading something here out of the depths of the earth. What's he leading?" Molly
As I read it, he ascended up and led captivity captive, I don't read any leading out of the depths.
Eph 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He "first" descended, but no leading of captivity or captives, or am I reading this wrong?
"Jab, I'm describing a subset of that because I am just talking about the dead, and that covers the living and the dead IMO." Molly
I don't see those dead of the OT as being captives, was God holding them captive? Remember, as I understand it they are dust and there breath/spirit is with the one who gave it. Am I to understand they were captives in captivity to remain captives?
CAPTIVITY G161 aichmalōsia captivity. G164 aichmalōtos properly a prisoner of war, that is, (generally) a captive: - captive.
G259 halōsis capture: - be taken.
G142 airō A primary verb; to lift; by implication to take up or away;
HIGH G5311 elevation, that is, (abstractly) altitude, (specifically) the sky, or (figuratively) dignity: - be exalted, height, (on) high.
Now here is a captive in captivity.....Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,