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

  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Trinity is revealed in this Chapter. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been one since the beginning of time. The Word- Jesus Christ, came down to the world to take away our sins. John had the singular privilege of being a forerunner and baptising Jesus with water who will in turn, baptise with the Holy Spirit. The Book of John is deep.
  • Bruce
    --- Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold --- but with the Precious Blood of Christ as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.1Peter 1:18-19 /--- He was led as a Sheep to the slaughter and like a Lamb dumb before His shearer---Acts 8:32. / Thank you for being on here,it helps us believers to be stronger and more in His Word. Whosoever: Revelation 20:15. Forever.
  • Insight777
    Jesus is the shepherd not the lamb. John said behold the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God is the church that takes away the sins of the world by teaching=shedding the blood of Christ which is the new testament taught to them by Jesus. Water baptism is taught for the remission of sin and the voice of God approves. John was telling Jesus, here is your lamb=church that you come to lead to God and save.
  • Lu2677
    John 1:5"And the light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not." The context of the verse is Jesus is the light in a dark world. And the wicked of his day did not comprehend who he was. Jesus is the Word; Those that walk in darkness cannot comprehend the Word of God; Scripture. They add to it, take away from it, reject it, hate it, they turn the word of God into lewdness,
  • Peter
    John 1 is a very important charter where we can see Jesus as God and God in Jesus wherein the Trinity is explicitly defined and explained. John the baptist also gives it clearly. What more can one not believe this witness and testimony. Truly Jesus is God and John the Apostle gives an eye witness of everything as he saw, knew and testify so that we can believe in Jesus Christ the Lord. amen.
  • Irene123
    LU2677 - Thank-you for your concern but - I didn't have you in mind when I posted anything about the Godhead. I had people in mind who might be hungry for truth OR - want to see some truth on here that are of the same mind as me. I don't care who comments on my postings, I know the truth of God's word, and have for nearly 50 yrs.; not quite 50, but close. Matt.28:19; Acts2:38; 4:10

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