In the bosom of the Father

John 1:18:

Berean Literal Bible
No one has ever yet seen God. The only begotten God, the One being in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known.

New American Standard Bible
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 King James Version
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

King James Bible
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
No man has seen God at any time; The Only Begotten God Who is in the bosom of The Father, he has declared him.”

GOD’S WORD® Translation
No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.

New American Standard 1977
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

King James 2000 Bible
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.

American King James Version
No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.

American Standard Version
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him .

Douay-Rheims 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.

Darby Bible Translation
No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

English Revised Version
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Webster’s Bible Translation
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Weymouth New Testament
No human eye has ever seen God: the only Son, who is in the Father’s bosom–He has made Him known.

World English 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.

Young’s Literal Translation
God no one hath ever seen; the only begotten Son, who is on the bosom of the Father — he did declare.


New Living Translation
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.

GOD’S WORD Translation
No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.

Notice how the same word is translated “bosom” in some versions, and “heart” in others. It makes perfect biblical sense, because the Bible calls the heart the  centre of human will, emotions and being. Compare that with the definition of “bosom” by the Cambridge Dictionary:

Cambridge bosom 1Cambridge bosom 2

So biblically speaking, “bosom” and “heart” are nearly synonymous.

Therefore, to be in someone’s bosom is to be close to the person’s heart. So close you can’t get any closer. Close enough to accurately make the person known to strangers.

Though we used to be strangers and aliens, hostile to God (Rom. 8:7), darkened in mind (Col. 1:21), the One who dwells in the Father’s bosom has made peace between the Father and us (Col. 1:20, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, Eph. 2:16-17). We now have unrestricted access to the Father (Eph. 2:18). We are in his bosom, forever grafted into his heart.

God’s incredible genius never ceases to amaze me. In his infinite wisdom, he chose to place a woman’s breasts close to her heart. Most mammals don’t get this privilege. The privilege of having a child or male connect so tightly to the heart of the female. Even people still hostile to God and dead in their sins claim it’s supernatural.

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