John 1:48

“Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Nathaneel sayeth vnto him, Whence knowest thou me? Iesus answered, and said vnto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast vnder the figge tree, I saw thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Nathanael *said to Him, "How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Nathanael said to him, Where did you get knowledge of me? In answer Jesus said, Before Philip was talking with you, while you were still under the fig-tree, I saw you.
- Basic English Bible

Nathanael says to him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee.
- Darby Bible

Nathanael saith to him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee.
- Webster's Bible

How do you know me? Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you," said Jesus, "when you were under the fig-tree I saw you."
- Weymouth Bible

Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
- World English Bible

Nathanael seide to hym, Wherof hast thou knowun me? Jhesus `answerde, and seide to hym, Bifor that Filip clepide thee, whanne thou were vndur the fige tree, Y saiy thee. Nathanael answerde to hym,
- Wycliffe Bible

Nathanael saith to him, `Whence me dost thou know?' Jesus answered and said to him, `Before Philip's calling thee -- thou being under the fig-tree -- I saw thee.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:48


1:48 Under the fig tree I saw thee - Perhaps at prayer.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:48


Joh 1:48 Whence knowest thou me? Nathanael, who had never met Jesus before, was surprised to hear himself spoken of as one known. When thou wast under the fig tree. There was something about this answer that filled Nathanael with astonishment. Under the shade and shelter of the fig tree he had some rare experience that is not recorded, and that he supposed unknown to man. That Jesus knew of it and read his soul startled him and dissipated his unbelief.

Discussion for John 1

  • Mark
    Yes, John chapter 1 and verse 1 tells us that "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word "WAS GOD". Verse 14 says, "And the word was made flesh" God became a man! Jesus was God and man.
  • Joseph
    Yes, Anthony Jesus was and is God made in the flesh
  • Anthony
    I read Johns 1 and I believe that "WORD" was made flesh. Are it telling me that "Jesus" was "God" in the flesh?
  • Patricia Gray
    I really "enjoy reading this". God bless.
  • Gwendolyn Johnson
    I believe the scripture is saying man don't understand what God is doing
  • MockingBird
    Darkness will never overcome light. Light shows up !!! Light manifests what is sin in my our lives !Jesus Christ is the light of the world . Satan poses as a minister of light : BUT a half Truth is a LIE !!

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