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

  • John
    Peter God is not some cosmic consciousness and he is not impersonal he dwells among us, he walked with Adam in the garden, in the old testament he spoke to men and appeared to them in many forms. He is three persons in one Father, Son, Holy Spirit he has so many attributes I don't have room to list them all, he sent his son to die for the sins of the whole world, he took the punishment we deserve
  • A disciple
    Dear Peter; There are many voices in the world, and many ministers of Satan, lusting to be known as some great one; falsely foretelling and pronouncing things, about which they have NO KNOWLEDGE! God Almighty, The Eternal Author of Life and Creator of all things is an Eternal Living Person. The heathen in his Satan-inspired rage against God imagines all kinds of worthless falsehood. FEAR THEM NOT!
  • Peter Muiruri Ndirangu
    John1 for me is a deep book with extra ordinary deep insights.I was trying to relate it to a theory floating on the internet of the universal consciousness whose contention is that God is impersonal rather he is this cosmic mind that leaks our consciousness into our personalities upon birth?? The argument sounds so concise and logical - that why i write for some help because my faith's intimidated
  • John
    Jesus is the Word of God when God speaks Jesus is there when God forms his thoughts Jesus is there out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh this is the image in which we were made the dirt God formed is just a vessel to house the image When you speak are the words that come out not part of you, you can not separate you from your words they are apart of you they were always with you
  • Cherie
    Jesus is the SON of GOD. He is known as the son of man because of His flesh. He is GOD and a man.
  • A disciple
    Hi Kevin; Jesus is called the Son of God because He was divinely implanted in the womb of the virgin, when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her. Jesus is also called the Son of man because He came in the flesh. And His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and ther Judge of all the earth.

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