New American Standard Bible
"Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.
King James Bible
Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
Darby Bible Translation
not that any one has seen the Father, except he who is of God, he has seen the Father.
World English Bible
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
Young's Literal Translation
not that any one hath seen the Father, except he who is from God, he hath seen the Father.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Not that any man hath seen the Father - Jesus added this, evidently, to guard against mistake. He had said that all who came to him were taught of God. The teacher was commonly seen and heard by the pupil; but, lest it should be supposed that he meant to say that a man to come to him must see and hear God, visibly and audibly, he adds that he did not intend to affirm this. It was still true that no man had seen God at any time. They were not, therefore, to expect to see God, and his words were not to be perverted as if he meant to teach that.
Save he which is of God - Jesus here evidently refers to himself as the Son of God. He had just said that no man had seen the Father. When he affirms that he has seen the Father, it implies that he is more than man. He is the only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, John 1:18; the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, Hebrews 1:3; God over all, blessed forever, Romans 9:5. By his being of God is meant that he is the only-begotten Son of God, and sent as the Messiah into the world.
Hath seen - Hath intimately known or perceived him. He knows his nature, character, plans. This is a claim to knowledge superior to what man possesses, and it cannot be understood except by supposing that Jesus is equal with God.
LibraryAugust 8 Evening
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.--ROM. 10:13. Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.--Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.--What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. If ye . . . being …
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and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
"I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me."
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."
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