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 16:1||
|RF JOH 16:2||They will expel you from their synagogues; not only so, but a time is now coming when everyone who murders you will imagine that he is offering a sacrifice to God.|
|RF JOH 16:3||And they will do this because they neither recognized the Father nor Myself.|
|RF JOH 16:4||I have told you all these, however, so that when the time does come for them, you may be reminded that I told you of them. Yet I avoided telling you at the beginning, because I was with you.|
|RF JOH 16:5||Now, however, I am going to My Sender, and none of you ask Me, 'Where are You going?'|
|RF JOH 16:6|| The Holy Spirit and the World.
"Yet because I have spoken to you in this way, your hearts are full of sadness.
|RF JOH 16:7||I have, however, told you nothing but the truth. It is better for you that I should take My leave of you: because if I do not depart, the Helper will certainly not come to you; but when I depart, I will send Him to you.|
|RF JOH 16:8||He, on His coming, will bring conviction to the world about a Sin; and about a Rectification; and about Justice:|
|RF JOH 16:9||about a Sin, because they have not confided in Me;|
|RF JOH 16:10||about a Rectification, when I to go to the Father, and you see Me no longer;|
|RF JOH 16:11||about Justice, when the Leader of this Conspiracy is convicted.|
|RF JOH 16:12|| The Holy Spirit as Instructor.
"I have still much more to tell you; but you are not yet able to bear it.
|RF JOH 16:13||When, however, the Spirit of Truth Himself comes, He will instruct you in all the truth: for His utterances do not proceed from Himself; but just what He learns He will declare, and the events that are coming He will announce to you.|
|RF JOH 16:14||He Himself will honor Me; because what He receives from Me, He will transmit to you.|
|RF JOH 16:15||All that the Father possesses is Mine: that is why I said, 'It is of Mine that He takes and transmits to you.'|
|RF JOH 16:16||Only a little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me."|
|RF JOH 16:17|| Sorrow Turned to Joy.
Some of His disciples then remarked one to another; "What is this that He says to us, 'Only a little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me;' and, 'Because I go to the Father?"
|RF JOH 16:18||So they were saying, "What is this 'little while' that He speaks of? We do not know what He means."|
|RF JOH 16:19||Jesus, perceiving that they were anxious to ask Him, said to them: Is it about this remark of Mine that you are questioning one another, 'Only a little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me'?|
|RF JOH 16:20||I tell you most assuredly that you will weep and grieve, while the world will rejoice; you will be grieved, but your grief will be transformed to gladness.|
|RF JOH 16:21||A woman, when she is in labour, is in agony, because her time is come; but when the child is born, she no longer remembers the pain, for the joy that a man has been born into the world.|
|RF JOH 16:22||And so for the present you are also in distress; but I will see you again, AND YOUR HEARTS WILL REJOICE,1 and none shall rob you of your joy.|
|RF JOH 16:23||And at that time you will request nothing from Me. I tell you truly that should you ask the Father for anything in My Name, He will grant it you.|
|RF JOH 16:24||Until now you have asked nothing in My Name: ask, and you will obtain; in order that your enjoyment may be complete.|
|RF JOH 16:25|| Conclusion of the Discourses.
"All these things I had told you in figures of speech. The time has come, however, when I will no longer speak to you figuratively, but plainly, about the Father Whom I announce to you.
|RF JOH 16:26||In that day you will ask in My Name; and I need not tell you that I will Myself ask the Father on your behalf:|
|RF JOH 16:27||For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came from the Father.|
|RF JOH 16:28||I did come from the Father, and came to the world; now I leave the world again, and return to the Father."|
|RF JOH 16:29||His disciples remarked to Him, "Well, now You are using plain language, and are not speaking in figures.|
|RF JOH 16:30||Now we understand that You know all, and that You have no need that any one should ask You. It is from this that we believe that You did come from God."|
|RF JOH 16:31||Jesus replied to them, Do you already believe?|
|RF JOH 16:32||Why, a time comes—and has come—when you will be scattered hither and thither, each one to his own home, and I shall be left alone; yet I am not alone, because I have the Father with Me.|
|RF JOH 16:33|| All this I have told you, so that you might enjoy perfect confidence in Me. In the world you have distress; but take courage! I have conquered the world."