And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it
when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
YOU ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU;
6just as He says also in another passage,
YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.
7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
11Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron.
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:
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Fifth Sunday in Lent. Chester Training College, 1870. Windsor Castle, 1871. Hebrews v. 7, 8. "Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared; though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." This is the lesson of life. This is God's way of educating us, of making us men and women worthy of the name of men and women, worthy …
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Of Bearing the Cross --One Branch of Self-Denial.
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