Hebrews 5:4
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New International Version
And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

Berean Study Bible
No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.

Berean Literal Bible
And no one takes upon himself the honor, but rather being called by God, just as Aaron also.

New American Standard Bible
And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was.

International Standard Version
No one takes this honor upon himself but he is called to it by God, just as Aaron was.

NET Bible
And no one assumes this honor on his own initiative, but only when called to it by God, as in fact Aaron was.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was not for himself that a man took the honor, but he who was called by God, just as Aaron.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one takes this honor for himself. Instead, God calls him as he called Aaron.

New American Standard 1977
And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And no one takes this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

King James 2000 Bible
And no man takes this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

American King James Version
And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was.

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

English Revised Version
And no man taketh the honour unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
and no one to himself doth take the honour, but he who is called by God, as also Aaron:
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-10 The High Priest must be a man, a partaker of our nature. This shows that man had sinned. For God would not suffer sinful man to come to him alone. But every one is welcome to God, that comes to him by this High Priest; and as we value acceptance with God, and pardon, we must apply by faith to this our great High Priest Christ Jesus, who can intercede for those that are out of the way of truth, duty, and happiness; one who has tenderness to lead them back from the by-paths of error, sin, and misery. Those only can expect assistance from God, and acceptance with him, and his presence and blessing on them and their services, that are called of God. This is applied to Christ. In the days of his flesh, Christ made himself subject to death: he hungered: he was a tempted, suffering, dying Jesus. Christ set an example, not only to pray, but to be fervent in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wetted with tears, do we offer up to God! He was strengthened to support the immense weight of suffering laid upon him. There is no real deliverance from death but to be carried through it. He was raised and exalted, and to him was given the power of saving all sinners to the uttermost, who come unto God through him. Christ has left us an example that we should learn humble obedience to the will of God, by all our afflictions. We need affliction, to teach us submission. His obedience in our nature encourages our attempts to obey, and for us to expect support and comfort under all the temptations and sufferings to which we are exposed. Being made perfect for this great work, he is become the Author of eternal salvation to all that obey him. But are we of that number?
Study Bible
The Perfect High Priest
3That is why he is obligated to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5So also Christ did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest, but He was called by the One who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have become Your Father.”…
Cross References
Exodus 28:1
"Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me-- Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Numbers 16:40
as a reminder to the sons of Israel that no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near to burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company-- just as the LORD had spoken to him through Moses.

Numbers 18:7
"But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything concerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a bestowed service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death."

1 Chronicles 23:13
The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was set apart to sanctify him as most holy, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister to Him and to bless in His name forever.

2 Chronicles 26:18
They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God."

John 3:27
John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
Treasury of Scripture

And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

Exodus 28:1 And take you to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from …

Leviticus 8:2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing …

Numbers 3:3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were …

Numbers 16:5,7,10,35,40,46-48 And he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, Even to morrow …

Numbers 17:3-11 And you shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi: for one rod …

Numbers 18:1-5 And the LORD said to Aaron, You and your sons and your father's house …

1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that …

2 Chronicles 26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said to him, It appertains …

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given …

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