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 8:1||Jesus, however, went to the Mount of Olivet.|
|RF JOH 8:2||And in the early morning He returned again to the temple, and all the people came up to Him; and sitting down, He taught them.|
|RF JOH 8:3||The professors and Pharisees then brought forward a woman discovered committing adultery; and placing her in the centre,|
|RF JOH 8:4||they addressed Him: "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act of committing adultery.|
|RF JOH 8:5||Now Moses, in the law, ordered us to stone such as her; what, then, do You say about her?"|
|RF JOH 8:6||They said this, however, for the purpose of entrapping Him, in order that they might lay information against Him. Jesus, however, stooped down, and wrote upon the ground with His finger.|
|RF JOH 8:7||But as they continued to question Him, He raised Himself, and said to them: "Whoever among you is without sin, let him throw at her the first stone."|
|RF JOH 8:8||And again stooping down, He wrote upon the ground with His finger.|
|RF JOH 8:9||And His hearers, being conscience-stricken, crept out one by one, beginning from the oldest down to the youngest; Jesus being left alone, and the woman standing where she was in the centre.|
|RF JOH 8:10|| Jesus then raising Himself, and seeing none but the woman, He said to her:
"Why, woman, where are your accusers? Has no one passed sentence upon you?"
|RF JOH 8:11||"None, Sir," was her reply. "Neither do I pass sentence upon you," said Jesus; go, from this moment sin no more."]|
|RF JOH 8:12|| The Light of the World.
Jesus again addressed them, saying: "I am the Light of the world. My followers shall not walk in the darkness, but shall go out into the Light of Life."
|RF JOH 8:13||The Pharisees therefore said to Him: "You are giving evidence about Yourself; Your evidence is not reliable."|
|RF JOH 8:14||Jesus replied, and said to them: "Although I give evidence about Myself, My evidence is nevertheless reliable; because I know from where I come, and where I go; but you neither know where I come from, nor where I am going.|
|RF JOH 8:15||You condemn from a human standpoint; I Myself condemn none.|
|RF JOH 8:16||Yet even if I should condemn, My decision would nevertheless be valid; because I am not alone, but I and He Who sent Me.|
|RF JOH 8:17||Moreover, in your own law it is written that the evidence of two men is valid.|
|RF JOH 8:18||I am witnessing about Myself; and the Father Who sent Me gives evidence about Me."|
|RF JOH 8:19|| "Where is Your Father?" they therefore asked Him.
Jesus answered: "You neither know Me, nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also."
|RF JOH 8:20||These remarks were made by Jesus in the treasury, while teaching in the temple; and none arrested Him, because His time had not yet come.|
|RF JOH 8:21|| The Fate of the Unbeliever.
He, therefore, further said to them: "I am going away, and you will search for Me, and will die in your sin. Where I am going, you are unable to follow."
|RF JOH 8:22||The Judeans therefore said: "Is He going to kill Himself? Since He says,' Where I am going, you cannot follow.'"|
|RF JOH 8:23||"You are from below," He answered them; " I am from above: you belong to this world; I am not from this world.|
|RF JOH 8:24||I therefore told you that you would die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins."|
|RF JOH 8:25||"You! Who are You?" they then asked Him. Jesus answered them: "What I told you from the beginning;|
|RF JOH 8:26||I have much to say and decide about you. But My Sender is reliable, and what I have learned from Him, that I declare to the world."|
|RF JOH 8:27||However, they did not perceive that He spoke to them about the Father.|
|RF JOH 8:28||Jesus, therefore, said to them; "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then will you know that I AM, and nothing that I do from My own self; but as the Father has instructed Me, I must speak.|
|RF JOH 8:29||And My Sender is with Me: He has not left Me alone; because I do what is pleasing to Him everywhere."|
|RF JOH 8:30||While He was speaking in this way, many became believers in Him.|
|RF JOH 8:31|| The Slavery of Sin.
Jesus said, therefore, to the Judeans who had not believed Him:1
"If you establish yourselves in My doctrine, you will in reality be My disciples;
|RF JOH 8:32||And you will recognize the truth, and the truth will set you free."|
|RF JOH 8:33||"We are the offspring of Abraham," they answered Him, "and have never at any time been enslaved to any one; what do You mean by saying, 'You will be set free'?"|
|RF JOH 8:34||"I tell you plainly," replied Jesus, "that whoever sins is a slave of sin.|
|RF JOH 8:35||The slave does not constantly stay with the family; the Son stays permanently.|
|RF JOH 8:36||If, therefore, the Son shall set you at liberty, you will be free in reality.|
|RF JOH 8:37||I am aware that you are the offspring of Abraham; yet you plot to murder Me, because My thought has not a place in you.|
|RF JOH 8:38||What I have seen with the Father I declare; and what you have learned from your father you also do."|
|RF JOH 8:39||They retorted, and said to Him, "Our father is Abraham. If you were children of Abraham," Jesus remarked, "you would continue the works of Abraham.|
|RF JOH 8:40||But now you plot to murder Me; a Man who has told you the truth, which He learned from God. Abraham did not do so.|
|RF JOH 8:41||You do the works of your own father. "We were not born of fornication," they answered Him; "we have the same Father, God."|
|RF JOH 8:42||"If God were your Father," Jesus said to them, "you would respect Me; for I came from God, and am here: for I have not come of Myself;|
|RF JOH 8:43|| But He sent Me. Why do you not comprehend My language? Because you will not listen to My message.
Note on v31 It is clear from the sense, that the Greek negative "not" has been omitted from the Text by some early copier, so I have restore it, to retain the original purport. F.F.
|RF JOH 8:44||You are from your father, the Devil; and it is your desire to practice the lusts of your father. He was himself a murderer from the first; and stands not by the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks falsehood, he speaks in his own way; for he is a liar, and the father of such.|
|RF JOH 8:45||Because I speak the truth, however, you will not believe Me.|
|RF JOH 8:46||Who among you can convict Me of wrong? If I speak the truth, why will you not believe Me?|
|RF JOH 8:47||Whoever is attracted by God, listens to the thoughts of God; for this reason you do not listen, because you are not in harmony with God,"|
|RF JOH 8:48||The Judeans retorted, and said to Him: "Were we not correct in saying that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"|
|RF JOH 8:49||"I have not a demon," replied Jesus; "but I honour My Father, and you dishonor Me.|
|RF JOH 8:50||I do not, however, strive for reputation for Myself; there is One Who investigates and judges.|
|RF JOH 8:51||I tell you most assuredly that if a man holds on to My message, he will by no means see death forever."|
|RF JOH 8:52||"Now we know that You possess a demon," the Judeans retorted to Him. "Abraham died, as well as the prophets; yet You say,' If a man holds fast My message, he will not taste of death for ever.'|
|RF JOH 8:53||Are You greater than our forefather Abraham, who died? and the prophets died. Who do You make Yourself?"|
|RF JOH 8:54||Jesus answered: "If I should praise Myself, My praise is worthless. There is My Father Who is praising Me; of Whom you say that He is your God: and you have not recognized Him; but I know Him.|
|RF JOH 8:55||And if I should say that I do not know Him, I should be like yourselves, a liar. But I do know Him, and retain His message.|
|RF JOH 8:56||Your father Abraham exulted that he should see My day; and he saw it, and was delighted."|
|RF JOH 8:57||"You are not yet fifty years old," said the Judeans to Him in reply, "and have You seen Abraham?"|
|RF JOH 8:58||Jesus said to them: "Most assuredly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM."|
|RF JOH 8:59||They then took up stones to hurl at Him; but Jesus became invisible, and went out from the temple.|