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 JO1 3:1||
Just think what a wealth of love the Father has lavished upon us, in order that we might be called children of God: and such we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
|RF JO1 3:2||Friends, we are now children of God; and it is not yet revealed what we shall become. But we do know that when He is manifested, we shall be like Him; because we shall see Him as He actually is.|
|RF JO1 3:3||And every one who has this hope in Him will purify himself, as He is pure.|
|RF JO1 3:4||Every one who commits sin acts lawlessly, for sin is broken law.|
|RF JO1 3:5||You know also that He was manifested to remove sins; and He is sinless.|
|RF JO1 3:6||All who continue with Him will not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.|
|RF JO1 3:7||Dear children, let none deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.|
|RF JO1 3:8||Whoever practices sin is from the Devil; for the Devil sinned from the first. This was the purpose for which the Son of God was manifested, namely, that He might destroy the works of the Devil.|
|RF JO1 3:9||Every one born from God does not practice sin; because His principle of life continues in him: and he does not value sinning, because he has been born from God.|
|RF JO1 3:10||By means of this the children of God to are manifest, as well as the children of the Devil. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not from God; nor yet is he who does not love his brother.|
|RF JO1 3:11||Because this is the doctrine which you earned from the first, that we should love one another;|
|RF JO1 3:12||not being impelled by the Wicked One, as Cain was, who murdered his brother. And on account of what did he murder him? Because his own practices were wicked, and those of his brother righteous.|
|RF JO1 3:13||Do not, brothers, be surprised if the world hates you.|
|RF JO1 3:14||We know that we are transplanted out of death into life, when we love the brotherhood. Whoever does not love remains in death.|
|RF JO1 3:15||Whoever hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer ever has eternal life existing in him.|
|RF JO1 3:16||His love is known to us from the fact that He laid down His own life for our sakes; so we ought also to lay down our lives for the sake of our brothers.|
|RF JO1 3:17||But whoever possesses the means of livelihood in this world, and sees his brother in want, yet locks up his pity from him, how can the love of God dwell in him?|
|RF JO1 3:18||Children, let us not love in pretence, nor with the tongue; but in act and truth.|
|RF JO1 3:19||By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and may tranquillize our heart in His presence;|
|RF JO1 3:20||and our mind can discover that God is greater than our heart; when all will be clear.|
|RF JO1 3:21||Friends, even if our heart should not discover it, we have free approach to God;|
|RF JO1 3:22||and what we may ask we shall receive from Him, when we regard His commands, and practice those virtues in His sight.|
|RF JO1 3:23||This also is His command, that we should believe in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as earnestly as He gave us an instruction.|
|RF JO1 3:24||And the observer of His commands remains in Him, and He in him. And by this we recognize that He dwells in us, by the Spirit with which He has endowed us.|