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

  • Felicia
    To Ibrahim
    Jesus Christ in His humanity like you and me was terrified of the death of deaths; all the sins of mankind poured upon Him; separated from His Father. The Cross was hard for Him to face so He prayed and cried to God and God heard Him because of His godly fear. Nevertheless He went to the Cross, He died and He rose again on the third day according to Scriptures. He endured the Cross.
  • Alise
    V.12 After receiving the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus' name we become examples (teachers) of how to live before sinners but we can't pass the tests' God allows to come our way because we take things personal, we don't have the experience to be able to teach our brother how to live. We have to practice what we preach. We can't stay babes forever. We have to overcome our flesh!
  • BSP
    Strong meat or solid food is needed to promote spiritual growth as verse 14 shows. This will help one to reach Christian maturity.
  • Orman pitter
    I strongly, believes that every believer after coming to the knowledge of the grace of God, repented of our sins and being baptised should seek God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, because it's the power from on high, and we are lifeless without the power of God. A car without an engine won't be able to drive, so we ad Christians do need the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • Bobby Williams
    This chapter informs us that only Jesus qualified to represent all humanity before a holy God as our great high priest. Though he suffered a physical death he didn't experience the penalty of spiritual death. Jesus's suffering and anguish as a human represented the points in which humanity suffers and he met the righteous requirements of God in his physical death but was raised in victory Rom 5-6.
  • Bill
    vs 5 "today I have begotten thee" means the firstborn. And as the firstborn son He had more of an inheritance. This is great news for those who trust in Jesus for their justification and sanctification. They will rule and reign with him in the millennial kingdom.

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