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“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.”

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Hebrews 5:5 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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So Οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) So
also καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also
Christ Χριστὸς Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ
glorified ἐδόξασεν To render (or esteem) glorious (in a wide application) glorified
not οὐχ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
himself ἑαυτὸν (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc himself
to be made γενηθῆναι To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) made
an high priest; ἀρχιερέα The high-priest (literally, of the Jews; typically, Christ); by extension a chief priest high priest
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
he The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
that said λαλήσας To talk, i.e., utter words said
unto πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) unto
him, αὐτόν The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons him
Thou σύ Thou Thou
art εἶ Thou art art
my μου Of me my
Son, Υἱός A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship Son
to day σήμερον On the (i.e., this) day (or night current or just passed); generally, now (i.e., at present, hitherto) day
have γεγέννηκά To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate have
I ἐγὼ I, me I
begotten γεγέννηκά To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate begotten
thee. σε· Thee thee

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  • 3  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

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

  • 5  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.

  • 6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

  • 7  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;


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