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.
|KJVP JO1 4:1||
BelovedG27, believeG4100 not everyG3956 spiritG4151, but tryG1381 the spiritsG4151 whetherG1487 they are of GodG2316: becauseG3754 manyG4183 falseG5578 prophetsG5578 are goneG1831 out intoG1519 the worldG2889.
|KJVP JO1 4:2||HerebyG1722-G5129 knowG1097 ye the SpiritG4151 of GodG2316: EveryG3956 spiritG4151 that confessethG3670 that JesusG2424 ChristG5547 is comeG2064 in the fleshG4561 is of GodG2316:|
|KJVP JO1 4:3||And everyG3956 spiritG4151 that confessethG3670 not that JesusG2424 ChristG5547 is comeG2064 in the fleshG4561 is not of GodG2316: and thisG5124 is that spirit of antichristG500, whereofG3739 ye have heardG191 that it should comeG2064; and evenG2532 nowG3568 alreadyG2235 is it in the worldG2889.|
|KJVP JO1 4:4||Ye are of GodG2316, littleG5040 childrenG5040, and have overcomeG3528 them: becauseG3754 greaterG3187 is he that is in you, thanG2228 he that is in the worldG2889.|
|KJVP JO1 4:5||They are of the worldG2889: thereforeG1223-G5124 speakG2980 they of the worldG2889, and the worldG2889 hearethG191 them.|
|KJVP JO1 4:6||We are of GodG2316: he that knowethG1097 GodG2316 hearethG191 us; he that is not of GodG2316 hearethG191 not us. HerebyG1537-G5124 knowG1097 we the spiritG4151 of truthG225, and the spiritG4151 of errorG4106.|
|KJVP JO1 4:7||BelovedG27, let us loveG25 oneG240 anotherG240: for loveG26 is of GodG2316; and everyG3956 one that lovethG25 is bornG1080 of GodG2316, and knowethG1097 GodG2316.|
|KJVP JO1 4:8||He that lovethG25 not knowethG1097 not GodG2316; for GodG2316 is loveG26.|
|KJVP JO1 4:9||In thisG5129 was manifestedG5319 the loveG26 of GodG2316 towardG1722 us, becauseG3754 that GodG2316 sentG649 his onlyG3439 begottenG3439 SonG5207 intoG1519 the worldG2889, that we might liveG2198 throughG1223 him.|
|KJVP JO1 4:10||HereinG1722-G5129 is loveG26, not that we lovedG25 GodG2316, but that he lovedG25 us, and sentG649 his SonG5207 to be the propitiationG2434 for our sins.G266.|
|KJVP JO1 4:11||BelovedG27, ifG1487 GodG2316 soG3779 lovedG25 us, we oughtG3784 also.G2532 to loveG25 oneG240 anotherG240.|
|KJVP JO1 4:12||NoG3762 manG3762 hath seenG2300 GodG2316 atG4455 anyG4455 timeG4455. IfG1437 we loveG26 oneG240 anotherG240, GodG2316 dwellethG3306 in us, and his loveG25 is perfectedG5048 in us.|
|KJVP JO1 4:13||HerebyG1722-G5129 knowG1097 we that we dwellG3306 in him, and he in us, becauseG3754 he hath givenG1325 us of his SpiritG4151.|
|KJVP JO1 4:14||And we have seenG2300 and do testifyG3140 that the FatherG3962 sentG649 the SonG5207 to be the SaviourG4990 of the worldG2889.|
|KJVP JO1 4:15||WhosoeverG3739-G302 shall confessG3670 that JesusG2424 is the SonG5207 of GodG2316, GodG2316 dwellethG3306 in him, and he in GodG2316.|
|KJVP JO1 4:16||And we have knownG1097 and believedG4100 the loveG26 that GodG2316 hathG2192 to us. GodG2316 is loveG26; and he that dwellethG3306 in loveG26 dwellethG3306 in GodG2316, and GodG2316 in him.|
|KJVP JO1 4:17||HereinG1722-G5129 is our loveG26 madeG5048 perfectG5048, that we may haveG2192 boldnessG3954 in the dayG2250 of judgmentG2920: becauseG3754 as he is, soG2532 are we in thisG5129 worldG2889.|
|KJVP JO1 4:18||There is noG3756 fearG5401 in loveG26; but perfectG5046 loveG26 castethG906 out fearG5401: becauseG3754 fearG5401 hathG2192 tormentG2851. He that fearethG5399 is not madeG5048 perfectG5048 in loveG26.|
|KJVP JO1 4:19||We loveG25 him, becauseG3754 he firstG4413 lovedG25 us.|
|KJVP JO1 4:20||IfG1437 a man sayG2036, I loveG25 GodG2316, and hatethG3404 his brotherG80, he is a liarG5583: for he that lovethG25 not his brotherG80 whomG3739 he hath seenG3708, howG4459 canG1410 he loveG25 GodG2316 whomG3739 he hath not seenG3708?|
|KJVP JO1 4:21||And thisG5026 commandmentG1785 haveG2192 we from him, That he who lovethG25 GodG2316 loveG25 his brotherG80 also.G2532.|