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 15:1||
The Allegory of the Vine.
|RF JOH 15:2||Every branch on Me not bearing fruit He removes it; and He prunes every fertile branch, so that it may become still more productive.|
|RF JOH 15:3||As for you, you are already pruned, by means of the message which I have delivered to you.|
|RF JOH 15:4||Remain on Me, for I am with you. As the branch cannot be fruitful of itself, unless it remains upon the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain on Me.|
|RF JOH 15:5||I am the Vine; you are the branches. He who remains on Me, and I with him, produces plenty of fruit; but, severed from Me, you can produce nothing.|
|RF JOH 15:6||Any one not remaining on Me, is at once thrown away as a branch, and withers; they are then collected, thrown into the fire, and burned.|
|RF JOH 15:7||If you remain on Me, and My teaching remains in you, what you may wish, you shall ask for, and it will come to you.|
|RF JOH 15:8||By this My Father will be honoured, when you bear much fruit, and you will be manifestly My disciples.|
|RF JOH 15:9||Just as the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you: continue in His love with Me.|
|RF JOH 15:10||If you keep My commands, you will continue in My love; just as I have kept the commands of My Father, and continue in His love.|
|RF JOH 15:11||I have spoken to you so that My delight may be in you, and your delight may be perfect.|
|RF JOH 15:12||My command is this: that you love one another, just as I have loved you.|
|RF JOH 15:13||Stronger love has no one than this, that one should lay down his own life for his friends.|
|RF JOH 15:14||You are My friends, if you are doing what I am commanding you.|
|RF JOH 15:15||I no longer call you servants; because the servant does not know what his master is doing: but I have called you My friends; because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.|
|RF JOH 15:16||It was not you who chose Me, but I have chosen you. And I planted you in order that you might take root, and become fruitful, and your fruit continue; so that whatever you may ask the Father in My Name,|
|RF JOH 15:17||He may grant it you. I am giving these commands in order that you may love one another,|
|RF JOH 15:18||If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before hating you.|
|RF JOH 15:19||Had you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you from out of the world, for that reason the world hates you.|
|RF JOH 15:20||Think of that remark which I made to you: 'A servant is not superior to his master.' If they persecute Me, they will also persecute you. If they had obeyed My message, they would obey yours as well.|
|RF JOH 15:21||But they will do all this to you because of My Name, because they knew not Him Who sent Me.|
|RF JOH 15:22||Had I not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.|
|RF JOH 15:23||Those who hate Me, also hate My Father.|
|RF JOH 15:24||Had I not done among them deeds which have been done by no one else, they would not have been guilty of sin; as it is, they have witnessed, and have hated both Me and My Father.|
|RF JOH 15:25||But thus is accomplished the statement recorded in their law: ' THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'1|
|RF JOH 15:26||When, however, the Helper comes, Whom I Myself will send you from the Father, the Spirit of the Truth, which proceeds from the Father,|
|RF JOH 15:27|| He Himself will give evidence about Me, and you also can corroborate, because you have been with Me from the beginning."
1. Psa 35.19