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

  • A disciple
    Steve; John saw the Father sitting on the throne in Revelation; and the Lord Jesus HAS appeared to many through the ages; but it is generally not regarded, not believed, and evil spoken of; so its only known (if at all) in the smaller circles of the true Believers everywhere. If we've actually seen the Lord or audibly heard His voice, we know that it is a most holy thing not meant to glorify self.
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Steve
    No one has ever seen the Father but Jesus. Has anyone out there seen Jesus? In November of 2008 around 5pm, Our Lord Jesus appeared with His heavenly host to me when I was very sick. He did not speak, but smiled to me. In my 69 years of life, the few minutes spent with Him, is the high point of my life. Never really understood why He blessed a sinner like me so wonderfully. Jesus is alive!!
  • Halieus
    This book of John is History in the making for the Gentiles and Jews, so being a Gentile (actually an American of German and Latino Parents) now I am grateful the Lord Jesus Christ died for me that I might live and for anyone who believes in His Word of Life and Light.
  • HERBERT Brown
    John believe and committed to every word of God.

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