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 1:18

  • John was talking about God in His essential being. Aquinas logically demonstrated that God in His essential form is immaterial. This is what we know as God the Father. This puts Him beyond the realm of the senses. Christ is God manifested in a material form. If you think John was trying to say Jesus wasn't God, then you've got kind of a big problem since he also wrote I John where he repeats this and again contrasts the immaterial, unreachable Father God with the Son declaring Him to mankind. John is making the case for Christ as God on the basis of His sacrificial love as opposed to false prophets who reject Christ, say they're of God and yet never manifest the love of God. They claim to "see" God and lead others astray.
  • All translations say the same thing considering verse 1:18. "at any time " means "at any time. " No mystery here. Is there anybody out there that can explian that differantly?
  • God is everything Jesus is the path to life and everything God is love In the bible angels are calling God man is called God the devil is called God But there is only one true God the Creator Love the word Big ups To God With LOVE and respects
  • John 1 18 tells us that no man has seen God at any time. Had people seen Jesus? Yes, thousands of people have seen Jesus, therefore Jesus can not be Almighty God, who is Jehovah. That does not take away the fact that he is divine. Having the nature of or being a deity. As the son of Almighty God, Jesus was sent forth by God. Jesus demonstrated on a small scale what he will do for all of mankind in the near future on his Father 's behalf.
  • Anonymous for verse 18
    it is clear that Jesus here is the Begotten God in which he preached words about The God who is JEHOVAH (Psalms 83:18) that is why Jesus is called The Word ... Jesus and the God is not the same.. one proof is Jesus prayed at Luke 17 ... he used the word "Father" .. Father and Son is not the same obviously... so there is Someone Higher than Jesus - Jehovah (Psalms 83:18)
  • Apostle Moses for verse 18
    God was, God is, and God, ever more shell be God! I believe that God is at work in the body of Christ teaching leading and guiding us into all truth I can testify that God is trustworthy the prophet Malachi says he changes not.

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