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No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Lexicon

Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Greek: Transliteration:
No one no one, none Adj-NMS H3762 οὐδεὶς oudeis
Analysis:

One: God

Refers to HaShem (God), Who is One. This number can also refer to unity. The first place the number "one" occurs is in Genesis 1:5. There one reads, "And there was an evening and there was a morning— one day". Later on in this same book of Genesis, it is stated concerning the man and his wife, "And they became one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). It is very significant that in both of these examples there was a multiplicity for the subject. In the first example, the evening and the morning became one day and in the second example, it was Adam and Eve who became one flesh.

One of the most famous passages in the Torah concerning HaShem is Deuteronomy 6:4 which states, "Hear O Israel the Lord your God the Lord is One." The question that a person must ask himself is what is the connection between the use of the Hebrew word אחד "one" which identifies a multiplicity being one and the fact that the Lord God of Israel is One? The answer is that the Hebrew word אחד can relate to the concept for one as in "unification". There is another Hebrew word that would have been possible to be used if the author wanted to refer to an absolute oneness or singleness. This is the Hebrew word יחיד. In fact, there is a well-known prayer in Judaism which states, "אחד ואין יחיד כיחודו". This phrase should be translated as, "(God is) One and there is no singularity as His singularity." The idea that is being expressed in this prayer is that the Lord God of Israel is One; but not an absolute One; rather there is a uniqueness and a complexity to His Oneness.

The number one is frequently employed to express in the Scriptures one object, such as one man or one tabernacle. This usage would be the simple or common purpose that the number one or for that matter any number, would appear in a Biblical text. Often the appearance of a number does not contain any of the significance that Hebrew numerology might offer. Therefore, the reader must always consider when coming across a verse which contains a number, that the number only expresses an amount and no additional significance. 

Because the number one is often associated with God, there is a unique phenomenon in the Scriptures concerning this number. Sometimes the number one is employed to express a unique relationship that the object has to HaShem. For example,

"And it will be one day, it will be known to HaShem..." Zechariah 14:7

In the text above, Zechariah could have stated simply, "And it will be a day…" The fact that the prophet said "one day" is to convey that this day is uniquely related to God. Similarly, it is stated by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 37, "one King", "one nation" and "one Shepherd" (see Ezekiel 37:22, 24). Each of these objects—King, nation and Shepherd—has a connection to HaShem. The King and Shepherd is Messiah Yeshua, the Son of God and the one nation is Israel, the people of God.

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has seen to see, perceive, attend to V-RIA-3S H3708 ἑώρακεν eōraken
Analysis:

 

God God, a god N-NMS H2316 Θεὸν theon
at any time; ever yet Adv H4455 πώποτε pōpote
the only begotten only begotten Adj-NMS H3439 μονογενὴς monogenēs
God God, a god N-NMS H2316 θεὸς theos
who is in the bosom the bosom N-AMS H2859 κόλπον kolpon
of the Father, a father N-GMS H3962 πατρὸς patros
He has explained to show the way V-AIM-3S H1834 ἐξηγήσατο exēgēsato
[Him].      

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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.
King James Bible No one has man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten God who Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.he hath declared him.
Berean Bible No one has ever yet seen God at any time; the God. The only begotten God who is God, the One being in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.made Him known.
Interlinear No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.