Because Paul, in Ephesians 4:8, is borrowing from Psalm 68:18, which is a repeat of the words in Judges 5:12, let us carefully examine the words ‘captivity,’ and ‘captive.’
1. The state of being captive 2. A group of people/beings captive (obsolete) 3. The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved 4. Subjection; servitude; slavery.
1. A person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war 2. An animal that is confined 3. A person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion 4. One who has been captured or is otherwise confined 5. One held prisoner
1. Taken and held prisoner, as in war 2. Held in bondage; enslaved 3. Kept under restraint or control; confined 4. Enraptured, as by beauty; captivated 5. Restrained by circumstances that prevent free choice
1. To take prisoner 2. To bring into subjection
Hebrew and Greek Definitions:
שׁבי, shebiy, those who are or that which is taken captive
αἰχμαλωσία, aichmalōsia, 1. Captivity 2. A group of captives 3. prisoners
שׁבה, shabah, 1. To take captive 2. To lead captive
αἰχμαλωτεύω, aichmalōteuō, to make captive, take captive, capture, lead captive
Note: these definitions are taken from a number of sources.
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