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

  • George C
    John 1:18 Says that no man has seen God only the Son. This seems to state that not even Moses saw God. Moses may have been speaking to Jesus The Word mediator, the real voice of Jehovah . He is the only begotten Son of God. And according to John 1:3 He Jesus created all things. Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is the everlasting Father. Only Jesus Christ and Jehovah Holly Spirit the share the same essence.
  • Luigi
    4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD JEHOVAH' our God is one LORD: GOD is not a trinity. The Bible never mentions that word. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Isaiah 45 6
  • A disciple
    Thank you Rene! It seems very terrible to me how with the times so bad, and the end of all things being literally "at hand;" that so many still set themselves to defiantly oppose and contradict, and carry on as if they weren't about to stand before the Judge! "Then truly by there fruits you shall know them." Let us all the more hold fast to Jesus and His Words and wholly follow Him no matter what!
  • Rene Crispin
    I agree so much with your comments faith by works
  • A disciple
    We are saved from our sins by the death burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; and made clean by the Word which He has spoken to us. There is no salvation in any other; for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. BUT, NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER! Faith is known by works!
  • Mild Bill
    A disciple, To enter heaven by your own work is not of grace.Jesus did not simply make a down payment and you installments.You err in soteriology.You work, and so God owes you,or so you believe. Sadly I think of you and the multitudes working their way to heaven,misguided in pride. This format is not for personal discussion,henceforth,I will no longer respond to your messages.

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