Hebrews 5:4

4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.

Hebrews 5:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
ESV
4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
NLT
4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.
MSG
4 No one elects himself to this honored position. He's called to it by God, as Aaron was.
CSB
4 No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was.

Hebrews 5:4 In-Context

2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.
3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.
4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”
6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 28:1; Numbers 14:40; Numbers 18:7
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