No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him.
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.
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.
No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him .
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1 tc The textual problem μονογενὴς θεός (monogenh" qeo", “the only God”) versus ὁ μονογενὴς υἱός (Jo monogenh" Juio", “the only son”) is a notoriously difficult one. Only one letter would have differentiated the readings in the
tn Or “The unique one.” For the meaning of μονογενής (monogenh") see the note on “one and only” in 1:14.
2 tn Grk “in the bosom of” (an idiom for closeness or nearness; cf. L&N 34.18; BDAG 556 s.v. κόλπος 1).
3 tn Grk “him”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 sn Has made God known. In this final verse of the prologue, the climactic and ultimate statement of the earthly career of the Logos, Jesus of Nazareth, is reached. The unique One (John 1:14), the One who has taken on human form and nature by becoming incarnate (became flesh, 1:14), who is himself fully God (the Word was God, 1:1c) and is to be identified with the ever-living One of the Old Testament revelation (Exod 3:14), who is in intimate relationship with the Father, this One and no other has fully revealed what God is like. As Jesus said to Philip in John 14:9, “The one who has seen me has seen the Father.”