18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[1] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Other Translations of John 1:18

King James Version

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.

English Standard Version

18 No one has ever seen God; the only GodOr the only One, who is God; some manuscripts the only Son, who is at the Father's sideGreek in the bosom of the Father , he has made him known.

The Message

18 No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day. Thunder in the Desert

New King James Version

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, NU-Text reads only begotten God. who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

New Living Translation

18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 1:18

Commentary on John 1:15-18

(Read John 1:15-18)

As to the order of time and entrance on his work, Christ came after John, but in every other way he was before him. The expression clearly shows that Jesus had existence before he appeared on earth as man. All fulness dwells in him, from which alone fallen sinners have, and shall receive, by faith, all that renders them wise, strong, holy, useful, and happy. Our receivings by Christ are all summed up in this one word, grace; we have received "even grace," a gift so great, so rich, so invaluable; the good will of God towards us, and the good work of God in us. The law of God is holy, just, and good; and we should make the proper use of it. But we cannot derive from it pardon, righteousness, or strength. It teaches us to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, but it cannot supply the place of that doctrine. As no mercy comes from God to sinners but through Jesus Christ, no man can come to the Father but by him; no man can know God, except as he is made known in the only begotten and beloved Son.