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 5:1||
Second Visit to Jerusalem. The Cure at the Pool of Bethesda.
|RF JOH 5:2||Now there is in Jerusalem, near the sheep-market, a public bath, called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five covered walks,|
|RF JOH 5:3||in which lay a great number of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed.1|
|RF JOH 5:4||For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole whatsoever disease he had.|
|RF JOH 5:5||And there was a man there who had been detained by his sickness for thirty-eight years.|
|RF JOH 5:6||Jesus, noticing him prostrate, and knowing that he had been ill for a long time, asked him: "Do you desire to become well?"|
|RF JOH 5:7||"Sir," replied the sick man to Him, "I have no one to throw me into the bath when the water is agitated; but while I am coming, someone else goes down before me."|
|RF JOH 5:8||Jesus said to him, "Rise up, take up your rug, and walk."|
|RF JOH 5:9|| And the man was at once restored; and, taking up his rug, he began to walk.
That day, however, happened to be the Sabbath.
|RF JOH 5:10||The Judeans therefore said to the restored man: "This is the Sabbath; it is not allowable for you to carry your rug about."|
|RF JOH 5:11||But he answered them: "The Man Who made me well, told me Himself to take up my rug, and walk."|
|RF JOH 5:12||They then asked: "Who is the fellow that said to you, 'Take it up and walk?"|
|RF JOH 5:13||The restored man, however, did not know who He was; for a crowd being on the spot, Jesus had withdrawn Himself.|
|RF JOH 5:14||Jesus afterwards met him in the temple, and said to him: "Reflect! you have been made well; sin no more, so that nothing worse may come to you."|
|RF JOH 5:15||The man then went away, and reported to the Judeans that it was Jesus Who had made him well.|
|RF JOH 5:16||The Judeans for this reason began to persecute Jesus, because He had done it upon the Sabbath.|
|RF JOH 5:17||Jesus, however, said to them: "My Father is working until now; and I will work."|
|RF JOH 5:18|| For this reason the Judeans sought to murder Him; because He was not only breaking the Sabbath, but also called God His own Father, thus making Himself equal to God.
1. Some very old MSS., but of no recognized authority, here insert an interpolated passage, somewhat to the following effect:—"Expecting the agitation of the water; (4) for an angel of the Lord at stated times descended to the bath, and agitated the water. Then whoever first went down, after the disturbance of the water, was relieved of whatever disease he happened to be afflicted with"—See Westcott and Hart's Greek Testament and Appendix.
|RF JOH 5:19|| The Prerogatives of the Son.
Jesus, therefore, addressed them, saying: "I tell you very truly, the Son is able to do nothing from Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it; for whatever He may do, the Son also does the same.
|RF JOH 5:20||For the Father regards His Son, and shows Him all that He Himself is doing; and, indeed, He will show Him greater works than these, so that you will wonder.|
|RF JOH 5:21||For, as the Father raises the dead, and restores to life; thus also the Son restores to life whoever He pleases.|
|RF JOH 5:22||For the Father decides nothing; but has deputed every decision to the Son;|
|RF JOH 5:23||In order that all may honour the Son, as they honour the Father. Those who do not honour the Son, cannot honour the Father Who sent Him.|
|RF JOH 5:24||I tell you truly, that whoever listens to My teaching, and trusts in My Sender, possesses eternal life, and will not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.|
|RF JOH 5:25||I tell you most assuredly, that the time will come, and has even now come, when the dead shall listen to the voice of the Son of God; and the hearers will live.|
|RF JOH 5:26||For as the Father possesses life within Himself, so He has conferred upon the Son the possession of life within Himself;|
|RF JOH 5:27||and He has also invested Him with authority to execute His decision, because He is Son of Man.|
|RF JOH 5:28||Do not be surprised at this; because the time comes, in which all those in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come out:|
|RF JOH 5:29||those who have done good to a resurrection of life; and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment.|
|RF JOH 5:30|| The Testimony of God to Christ the Life.
"From Myself I can do nothing; as I hear, so I decide, and My decision is right: because I do not seek My own purpose, but the purpose of My Sender.
|RF JOH 5:31||If I should testify about Myself, My evidence would not be reliable.|
|RF JOH 5:32||There is another witness for Me; and I know that the evidence which he gave about Me is reliable.|
|RF JOH 5:33||You have yourself sent to John, and he has given evidence to the truth.|
|RF JOH 5:34||I do not, however, accept the evidence of a man; but I mention this, in order that even you may be saved.|
|RF JOH 5:35||He was the burning and the shining lamp: and you were willing to be delighted for a time with its light;|
|RF JOH 5:36||but I have better evidence than that of John; for the works which the Father has appointed Me to accomplish—these works which I am doing—give evidence about Me, that the Father has sent Me.|
|RF JOH 5:37||And the Father Who sent Me has Himself given evidence concerning Me. You have never at any time listened to His voice, nor looked upon His Ideal;|
|RF JOH 5:38||and you have not His thought dwelling in you, because you do not believe the One Whom He has Himself sent.|
|RF JOH 5:39||You search the Scriptures, because you imagine in them to have eternal life; and they are the witnesses about Me:|
|RF JOH 5:40||yet you do not desire to come to Me, so that you might have life.|
|RF JOH 5:41||I do not crave human honour;|
|RF JOH 5:42||but I have known you, that you have not the love of God in yourselves.|
|RF JOH 5:43||I have come with the power of My Father, and yet you do not receive Me. If another should come with his own power, you would accept him!|
|RF JOH 5:44||How can you possibly believe, taking honour, as you do, from one another; while you do not desire the honour which comes from the only God?|
|RF JOH 5:45||Do not imagine, however, that I will accuse you before the Father. But one accuses you: Moses, in whom you trust!|
|RF JOH 5:46||For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed Me; for he wrote about Me.|
|RF JOH 5:47||But if you disbelieve his writings, how can you rely upon My statements?"|