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 2:1||
The Marriage at Cana.
|RF JOH 2:2||and Jesus was invited to the marriage, with His disciples.|
|RF JOH 2:3||And when the wine ran short, Jesus was spoken to by His mother, who said to Him: "They have no more wine."|
|RF JOH 2:4||Jesus, in reply to her, said: "What is that to you and Me, mother? My time has not yet come."|
|RF JOH 2:5||His mother then said to the attendants: "Whatever He bids you, let it be done."|
|RF JOH 2:6||Now there were standing there, for the Jewish purifications, six stone water-jars, holding from two to three firkins.|
|RF JOH 2:7||Jesus said to them: "Fill the jars with water. "They accordingly filled them to the brim.|
|RF JOH 2:8||He then said to them: "Now pour out, and take it to the master of the festival." They accordingly did so.|
|RF JOH 2:9||And when the master of the festival had tasted the water, which had become wine (not knowing where it came from, although the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called to the bridegroom,|
|RF JOH 2:10||and said to him: "A man usually serves out the best wine at the beginning, reserving the inferior until the guests have tasted; but you have kept the best wine until now."|
|RF JOH 2:11||This, as a beginning of His evidences, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, and displayed His majesty; and His disciples believed in Him.|
|RF JOH 2:12||After that, He went down to Capernaum, Himself, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and stayed there not many days.|
|RF JOH 2:13|| First Visit to Jerusalem.
Now when the Jewish Passover was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
|RF JOH 2:14||And entering the temple, He found dealers in oxen, and sheep, and pigeons, as well as money-brokers transacting their business.|
|RF JOH 2:15||Then, having made a whip of cords, He drove all out of the temple, including the sheep and oxen; and He scattered the money of the brokers, overturning their stands;|
|RF JOH 2:16||and said to the pigeon-dealers: "Take these outside; do not turn My Father's house into a market."|
|RF JOH 2:17||His disciples were then reminded that it was written: ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.[ Psa. 69:9 ]|
|RF JOH 2:18||The Jews then addressed Him, asking: "What proof do You show us for doing this?"|
|RF JOH 2:19||"Demolish this temple," Jesus answered, "and in three days I will rear it."|
|RF JOH 2:20||"This temple has been building for forty-six years," replied the Judeans; " and will You rear it in three days?"|
|RF JOH 2:21||He, however, spoke about the temple of His body.|
|RF JOH 2:22||Afterwards, when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the Scriptures, as well as the statement of Jesus.|
|RF JOH 2:23|| Jesus and the People.
Now while He was among those of Jerusalem, at the feast of the Passover, many believed on His Name, seeing the proofs which He gave.
|RF JOH 2:24||Jesus, on His part, however, did not trust Himself to them; because He knew all:|
|RF JOH 2:25||and because He had no need that any one should give Him evidence about man; for He Himself knew what was in man.|