Hebrews 5:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 5:5, NIV: 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.'

Hebrews 5:5, ESV: So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

Hebrews 5:5, KJV: So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

Hebrews 5:5, NASB: So too Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming a high priest, but it was He who said to Him, 'YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE FATHERED YOU';

Hebrews 5:5, NLT: That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.'

Hebrews 5:5, CSB: In the same way, Christ did not exalt himself to become a high priest, but God who said to him,You are my Son;today I have become your Father,

What does Hebrews 5:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As a mediator between God and men, a priest cannot simply choose to take on his role. Those who are legitimate "priests" must be appointed to that position by God. This is even more important with respect to the role of high priest. Prior verses have explained that Jesus was specifically placed in His role by God (Hebrews 2:17; 5:4). He did not simply assume the mantle of High Priest through His own decision (John 8:54). As in other passages of Hebrews, the writer seeks to use Old Testament passages to prove this point.

This explanation comes through a second reference to Psalm 2:7. This same passage was mentioned previously, in Hebrews 1:5. There, the point being made was the God never called any angel His "Son," and so Messiah had to be a man and not an angel. Here, the purpose is to prove that Christ is placed in the position of High Priest by God.