Hebrews 5:4

“And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And no man taketh this honour vnto himselfe, but hee that is called of God, as was Aaron.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And no one takes the honor to himself, but {receives it} when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And no man who is not given authority by God, as Aaron was, takes this honour for himself.
- Basic English Bible

And no one takes the honour to himself but [as] called by God, even as Aaron also.
- Darby Bible

And no man taketh this honor to himself, but he that is called by God, as was Aaron:
- Webster's Bible

And no one takes this honourable office upon himself, but only accepts it when called to it by God, as Aaron was.
- Weymouth Bible

Nobody takes this honor on himself, but he is called by God, just like Aaron was.
- World English Bible

Nethir ony man taketh to hym onour, but he that is clepid of God, as Aaron was.
- Wycliffe Bible

and no one to himself doth take the honour, but he who is called by God, as also Aaron:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 5:4


5:4 The apostle begins here to treat of the priesthood of Christ. The sum of what he observes concerning it is, Whatever is excellent in the Levitical priesthood is in Christ, and in a more eminent manner; and whatever is wanting in those priests is in him. And no one taketh this honour - The priesthood. To himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron - And his posterity, who were all of them called at one and the same time. But it is observable, Aaron did not preach at all; preaching being no part of the priestly office.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 5:4


Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself. He must be called to it by God. As [was] Aaron. Aaron was so appointed. See Ex 28:1 Le 8:2.

Discussion for Hebrews 5

  • A disciple
    Cheryl; The reference to Melchizedek was for the type, of being [apparently] without natural descent; i.e. eternal. The Lord Jesus is the One who agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane, taking upon Himself the unimaginable horror of the world's guilt, as our Substitute; until His sweat was as it were "great drops of blood falling to the ground."
  • Carolyn Rowe
    Wendell, It was Melchisedec who offered weeping and tears. The chapter is comparing Jesus with Melchisedec in the role of high Priest. God always hears the prayers of the faithful, but He does what is necessary in any situation. There is a difference between being in the flesh and Jesus being made flesh to pay for man's sins. The Bible helps us to understand His masterplan.
  • BSP
    Verses 12 and 13: We could be taking in spiritual food but still not be healthy in the faith. We need to go beyond the elementary things and take in solid spiritual food.
  • Wendell Bonin
    Is the translation correct because i think it was melchisedec that offered the strong weeping and tears because the father always heard jesus and then a little further it mentions that this is the doctrine. Jesus was never in the"flesh"
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:9 AND BEING MADE PERFECT HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION UNTO ALL THEM THAT --- OBEY HIM ---
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:14 BUT STRONG MEAT BELONGETH TO THEM THAT ARE FULL OF AGE EVEN THOSE WHO BY --- REASON OF USE --- HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL JOHN 4:34 JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM MY MEAT IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM THAT SENT ME AND TO FINISH HIS WORK

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