John 1:18

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

No man hath seene God at any time: the onely begotten Sonne, which is in the bosome of the Father, he hath declared him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained {Him.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared `him'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

No man has seen God at any time; the only Son, who is on the breast of the Father, he has made clear what God is.
- Basic English Bible

No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, *he* hath declared [him].
- Darby Bible

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
- Webster's Bible

No human eye has ever seen God: the only Son, who is in the Father's bosom--He has made Him known.
- Weymouth Bible

No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
- World English Bible

No man sai euer God, no but the `oon bigetun sone, that is in the bosum of the fadir, he hath teld out.
- Wycliffe Bible

God no one hath ever seen; the only begotten Son, who is on the bosom of the Father -- he did declare.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:18


1:18 No man hath seen God - With bodily eyes: yet believers see him with the eye of faith. Who is in the bosom of the Father - The expression denotes the highest unity, and the most intimate knowledge.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:18


Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God, with bodily eyes, but he was manifested as the Word, and at last the "only begotten Son . . . hath declared him". "He that hath seen me", said Christ, "hath seen the Father. The Father is in me, and I in him" (Joh 14:9 10:38).

Discussion for John 1

  • Daniel
    This wonderful book begins by unveiling the Person of Jesus Christ as being Almighty God. He is the God of Israel, and the Elohim, the Creator of heaven and the earth. He is the God of Israel, but Israel did not receive Him (as their Messiah). As many as received Him, he gives them a divine birth. I note this is 'not by bloods' speaking of the blood of offerings, (geneology is seed, i.e the cross
  • Amankwaa Solomon
    The name of God who was in the old testament is Jesus Christ in the new testament just as John is saying . Look at what Paul about Him in 1st Timothy 3:16 God revealed Himself in fresh ... Also , John 1:14 . Jesus is the father ,son and the Holy Ghost . He created the world and human beings .
  • Irene123
    To Jeanette - I saw your 'thank-you' on here; thank-you for your acknowledgment. The Lord Jesus bless you and yours this Holiday season; may He keep you all safe, in JESUS name, AMEN!!
  • Jeannette
    *Thank you Jesus. Please give note to the one who sent this to my email I appreciate that as well. Watch over her kindly. Amen.
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, when John says that Jesus (the Word) is God he is not speaking in vacuum. He knew from reading the Scriptures that the one he baptized was God. Isa. 12:2 reads, "See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. And guess what! That's what the name Jesus means, "the God who saves" or "God save me."
  • Ae
    Everything was made by the word including universe, only human beings were created by God, that's why the word of God says "what is man that you are mindful of him"

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