Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."
Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.
Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.
This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."
Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.
This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.
In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.
|RF JOH 1:1||
"The Word" and Creation. The WORD existed in the beginning, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.
|RF JOH 1:2||He was present with God at the beginning.|
|RF JOH 1:3||All came into existence by means of Him; and nothing came into existence apart from Him.|
|RF JOH 1:4||That which originated in Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of mankind.|
|RF JOH 1:5||That Light shines in the darkness; but the darkness did not absorb it.|
|RF JOH 1:6|| "The Word" and the Light.
A man came, sent from God; his name was John.
|RF JOH 1:7||He came for witness, in order that he might give evidence concerning that Light, so that all might believe through him.|
|RF JOH 1:8||He was not himself the Light; his mission was to give evidence concerning that Light.|
|RF JOH 1:9||The real Light was that which enlightens every man coming into the world.|
|RF JOH 1:10||He was in the world, and the world was created by means of Him; yet the world did not recognize Him.|
|RF JOH 1:11||He came to His own home; but His own family did not welcome Him.|
|RF JOH 1:12||But whosoever welcomed Him, believing in His power, He bestowed upon them the right to become children of God.|
|RF JOH 1:13||They were not begotten from blood, nor from natural desire, nor yet from the design of man; but from God Himself.|
|RF JOH 1:14|| "The Word" and Mankind.
And the WORD became incarnate, and encamped among us—and we gazed upon His majesty, such majesty as that of a Father's only Son—full of beneficence and truth.
|RF JOH 1:15||John gave evidence concerning Him, proclaiming: This was the One concerning Whom I said, 'He Who follows me takes rank above me; because He existed before me.'|
|RF JOH 1:16||So out of His fulness we were all supplied, with gift heaped upon gift.|
|RF JOH 1:17||Although the Law was given through Moses; the true gift came through Jesus Christ.|
|RF JOH 1:18||No one has ever yet seen God; He has been made known by the only Son1, Who exists in union with the Father.|
|RF JOH 1:19||The Deputation from Jerusalem. Now, this is the evidence given by John, when the Judeans of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites in order that they might ask him,|
|RF JOH 1:20||"Who are you?" Without attempting to deny it, he frankly stated, "I am not the Messiah."|
|RF JOH 1:21||"What then?" asked they. 'Are you Elijah?2" He replied, "I am not." "Then are you the Prophet?3" "No," he replied.|
|RF JOH 1:22||They therefore asked him, "What are you? Tell us, in order that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"|
|RF JOH 1:23|| He replied: "I am but a voice proclaiming in the desert, 'Make ready the highway for the Lord,' as was foretold by the prophet Isaiah.4
1. Some of the oldest authorities read 'The Only God.'
2. Mal 4.5
3. Deut 18.15
4. Isa 40.5
|RF JOH 1:24||Now the deputation had been sent by the Pharisees.|
|RF JOH 1:25||They therefore asked him: "Why do you then baptize, if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor yet the Prophet?"|
|RF JOH 1:26||In reply, John said to them: "I baptize in water; but among you is standing One Whom you know not|
|RF JOH 1:27||He Who follows me. His shoes I am not even worthy to unfasten."|
|RF JOH 1:28||This interview took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was then baptizing.|
|RF JOH 1:29|| John's Testimony to the People.
On the following day he saw Jesus coming towards him, and exclaimed: "See the Lamb Of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!
|RF JOH 1:30||This was the One about Whom I said, 'There follows me a Man Who takes rank above me, since He was in existence before me.'|
|RF JOH 1:31||I did not myself know Him; but I came baptizing in water, in order that He might be manifested to Israel."|
|RF JOH 1:32||John also gave further evidence, saying: I saw the Spirit descending from heaven in the likeness of a dove, and alighting upon Him.|
|RF JOH 1:33||Yet I should not myself have known Him; but He Who sent me to baptize in water, He said to me, 'Upon Whomsoever you see the Spirit descending and alighting, He is the Baptizer in Holy Spirit."|
|RF JOH 1:34||And I have myself seen, and have given my evidence that this is the Son of God."|
|RF JOH 1:35|| The Testimony of Disciples.
Again, on the day after that, John was standing along with two of his disciples;
|RF JOH 1:36||and watching Jesus walking, he exclaimed: See! there is the Lamb of God!"|
|RF JOH 1:37||The two disciples, hearing him speak in this way, followed Jesus.|
|RF JOH 1:38||Jesus, turning round, and observing them following, asked them: "What do you seek?" In reply, they asked: "Rabbi [which, when translated, means Teacher], where are you staying?"|
|RF JOH 1:39||"Come, and you shall see," He said. They accordingly went and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him for the rest of that day; it was then about four o'clock in the afternoon.|
|RF JOH 1:40||Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard the remark of John, and followed Him.|
|RF JOH 1:41||He first of all sought out his own brother Simon, and told him:" We have found the Messiah," [which, when translated, means, in Greek, the Christ].|
|RF JOH 1:42||Andrew then took Simon to Jesus. Jesus, looking at him, said: "You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas " [which, when translated, means a Stone, or Peter].|
|RF JOH 1:43|| Philip and Nathanael.
At a subsequent time Jesus desired to return to Galilee; and, meeting Philip on the way, He said to him: "Follow Me."
|RF JOH 1:44||Now Philip belonged to Bethsaida, the native town of Andrew and Peter.|
|RF JOH 1:45||Philip sought out Nathaniel, and said to him: "The One to Whom Moses referred in the law, and of Whom the Prophets also wrote, we have found in Jesus, the son of Joseph, Who came from Nazareth."|
|RF JOH 1:46||Nathaniel, however, asked: Is it possible that anything good can come out of Nazareth?" "Come and see," replied Philip.|
|RF JOH 1:47||Jesus, seeing Nathaniel coming towards Him, remarked about him: "Here is an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no duplicity."|
|RF JOH 1:48||"What do You know concerning me?" asked Nathaniel. "Before ever Philip called you," replied Jesus, "while you were under the fig-tree, I saw you."|
|RF JOH 1:49||"Teacher! " Nathaniel answered Him, "You are the Son of God; You are King of Israel."|
|RF JOH 1:50||"Do you really believe," asked Jesus, "because I said I had seen you beneath the fig-tree? You will see far more than that.|
|RF JOH 1:51|| Most assuredly I tell you," He added, "you shall see the heaven open, and the messengers of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." 1
1. Gen. 28.12