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 9:1||
Eyesight for a Man Born Blind.
|RF JOH 9:2||His disciples accordingly asked Him: "Teacher, who sinned; this man, or his parents, in consequence of which he was born blind?"|
|RF JOH 9:3||"Neither did this man sin, nor his parents," replied Jesus; " but he is so, in order that the workings of God|
|RF JOH 9:4||may be displayed through him. I must do the business of My Sender while it is day; the night comes|
|RF JOH 9:5||when none are able to work. While I am in the world, I am the world's Light."|
|RF JOH 9:6||Spitting upon the ground as He said this, and mixing clay with the spittle,|
|RF JOH 9:7||He applied it to his eyes; and said to him: "Go, wash yourself in the bathing place of Siloam" [which, when translated, means, Sent.] He therefore went and washed himself, and returned seeing.|
|RF JOH 9:8||The neighbors, and those who formerly saw him when he was a beggar, asked: "Did not this man sit and beg?"|
|RF JOH 9:9||Some said, "This is the man" others, "No, but he is very much like him." He himself said, "I am he."|
|RF JOH 9:10||They therefore asked him, "How were your eyes opened?"|
|RF JOH 9:11||He replied, "The Man Who is called Jesus mixed clay, and applied it to my eyes, telling me to 'Go to Siloam, and wash yourself.' So I went, washed, and received my eyesight."|
|RF JOH 9:12||"Where is He?" they then asked him. "I do not know," he replied.|
|RF JOH 9:13||They then took the man who had once been blind, before the Pharisees;|
|RF JOH 9:14||for it was a Sabbath on which Jesus mixed the clay, and gave him eyesight.|
|RF JOH 9:15||The Pharisees therefore asked him again in what way he had gained his eyesight. "He applied clay to my eyes," he answered them, "and I washed, and now see."|
|RF JOH 9:16||Some of the Pharisees therefore said: "That Man is not connected with God, because He does not observe the Sabbath." "How could such evidences be effected by a sinful man?" remarked others. And they were divided among themselves.|
|RF JOH 9:17|| They therefore asked the blind man once more: "What do you say about Him, seeing that He opened your eyes?"
"That he is a prophet," replied he.
|RF JOH 9:18||The Judean, however, did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his eyesight, until they called the parents of him who had received his eyesight, and questioned them:|
|RF JOH 9:19||"Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"|
|RF JOH 9:20||"We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind," his parents answered:|
|RF JOH 9:21||"but how he now sees we do not know; nor do we know who opened his eyes. He is old enough: ask him; he can speak for himself."|
|RF JOH 9:22||His parents said this, because they dreaded the Judeans; for already the Judean had decided, that should any one acknowledge Him as Messiah, he should be expelled from the synagogue.|
|RF JOH 9:23||It was for this reason that his parents said, "he is old enough: ask him."|
|RF JOH 9:24||They accordingly recalled a second time the man who had been blind, and said to him: "Give thanks to God; we know that this fellow is wicked."|
|RF JOH 9:25||"I do not know whether He is wicked or not," he replied; "one thing I do know, that having been blind, I can now see."|
|RF JOH 9:26||"What did He do to you?" they then asked him once more. "In what way did He open your eyes?"|
|RF JOH 9:27||"I have already told you," he answered them, "and you would not listen; why do you want to hear it again? Do you really wish to become His disciples?"|
|RF JOH 9:28||They accordingly abused him, and retorted: 'You are His disciple; but we are the disciples of Moses.|
|RF JOH 9:29||We know that God spoke with Moses; but as for this fellow, we know nothing about where He comes from."|
|RF JOH 9:30||"Well, the wonder is that you should not know," the man exclaimed, in reply to them; "and yet He opened my eyes!|
|RF JOH 9:31||We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He listens to him.|
|RF JOH 9:32||Since the beginning of time, any one opening the eyes of one born blind has never been heard of.|
|RF JOH 9:33||If this Man were not from God, He would not be able to do anything."|
|RF JOH 9:34||"You were from head to foot born in sins," they retorted, in reply; "and would you presume to teach us?" They accordingly kicked him out.|
|RF JOH 9:35||Jesus learned that they had kicked him out; and meeting him, He asked: "Do you believe on the Son of Man?"|
|RF JOH 9:36||"And Who is He, Sir?" he asked, "so that I may believe in Him."|
|RF JOH 9:37||Jesus answered him, "You have seen Him, and it is Himself Who is now talking with you."|
|RF JOH 9:38||"I believe, Sir," he exclaimed; and he bowed to Him.|
|RF JOH 9:39||Then Jesus said: "I came into the world to be a Separator, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."|
|RF JOH 9:40||Some Pharisees who were in His company, on hearing this remark, said to Him, "Surely we are not also blind?"|
|RF JOH 9:41||"If you were blind," Jesus answered them, "you would not have sin; but because you say, 'We see,' therefore your sin remains."|