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 3:1||
Jesus and Nicodemus.
|RF JOH 3:2|| He came to Him during the night, and said to Him
"Rabbi, we know that You are a Teacher come from God; because no one could produce the proofs which You do unless God were with him."
|RF JOH 3:3||"Most assuredly I tell you," replied Jesus, "that unless any one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."|
|RF JOH 3:4||Nicodemus therefore asked: "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he be conceived of his mother a second time, and be born?"|
|RF JOH 3:5||"Most assuredly I tell you," replied Jesus, "that if a man is not born from water and Spirit, he is unable to enter into the Kingdom of God.|
|RF JOH 3:6||That which is born from the flesh is flesh; and that which is born from the Spirit is spirit.|
|RF JOH 3:7||Do not be surprised that I told you, 'You must be born from above.'|
|RF JOH 3:8||The wind indeed, blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound; but yet you neither see whence it comes from, nor where it goes; so it is with all born of the Spirit."|
|RF JOH 3:9||Nicodemus, answering Him, asked: "How can this be?|
|RF JOH 3:10|| "Are you the teacher of Israel," remarked Jesus, in response to him,
"and yet unable to discern this?"
|RF JOH 3:11||I tell you most certainly, that what we know, that we declare, and we witness to what we have seen; but you do not accept our evidence.|
|RF JOH 3:12||If you do not believe when I tell you about earthly matters, how can you credit what I tell you relating to the heavenly?|
|RF JOH 3:13||No one has ascended to the heaven, except the One Who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.1|
|RF JOH 3:14||And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up;|
|RF JOH 3:15||so that all believing in Him may have eternal life."|
|RF JOH 3:16|| A Comment by the Evangelist.
[For God so loved the world that He gave the only-begotten Son, so that everyone believing in Him should not be lost, but have eternal life.
|RF JOH 3:17||For God did not send His Son to the world that He might condemn the world; but that He might save the world through Him.|
|RF JOH 3:18||The believer in Him will not be condemned; whoever does not trust, however, is already convicted, because he has not confided on the only-begotten Son of God.|
|RF JOH 3:19||And the indictment is this: that the Light came into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their practices were wicked.|
|RF JOH 3:20||For every one who acts vilely, not only hates the light, but shrinks from it, so that his doings may not be detected.|
|RF JOH 3:21||But he who does right comes to the light, so that his actions may be displayed; because the origin of his conduct is in God.]|
|RF JOH 3:22|| Jesus in Judea.
After this, Jesus and His disciples proceeded to the district of Judea, where He resided with them, and baptized.
|RF JOH 3:23||And John was also baptizing in AEnon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and they came and were baptized:|
|RF JOH 3:24||for John had not as yet been imprisoned.|
|RF JOH 3:25||A discussion accordingly took place between some of the disciples of John and a Judean concerning purification.|
|RF JOH 3:26|| So they came to John, and said to him; "Teacher, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, concerning Whom you have yourself given evidence—this Man is now also baptizing, and all the people flock to Him."
1. The words, "Who exists in the heaven," are omitted by the best and oldest authorities
|RF JOH 3:27||"A man can obtain no success, "John made answer, "unless it has been granted to him from heaven.|
|RF JOH 3:28||You are yourselves witnesses of the fact that I stated, 'I myself am not the Messiah, but that I am sent as His forerunner.'|
|RF JOH 3:29||The possessor of the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands listening to him, is delighted with delight at the voice of the bridegroom. This pleasure, therefore, which is mine, is now complete.|
|RF JOH 3:30||He must increase, but I myself decrease.|
|RF JOH 3:31||"He Who comes from above is above all. The one who originates from the earth is from the earth, and speaks from the earth. He Who comes from the heaven is above all:|
|RF JOH 3:32||and He gives evidence of what He has seen and heard; yet His evidence is accepted by none.|
|RF JOH 3:33||Whosoever accepts His evidence is assured that it is Divine truth.|
|RF JOH 3:34||For He Whom God has sent proclaims the message of God, because He did not grant the Spirit with limitation.|
|RF JOH 3:35||The Father loves the Son, and has given all into His hand.|
|RF JOH 3:36||Every believer in the Son possesses everlasting life; but whosoever disregards the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him."|