HBME - 1900
The Holy Bible in Modern English
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The books of the Sacred Volume of our Faith, as they were arranged by the Editorial Committee appointed by the Great Sanhedrim, called at Jerusalem for the purpose, in the Third Century before Christ, were divided into Four Volumes, and put into the succession that this translator, Ferrar Fenton, has followed [Old Testament].

He used this order for the following reasons: It was the original one, and the accurate criticism, mental insight, and literary skill shown in it, and its grouping of both the Historical and the Divinely Inspired Writers, show a masterly comprehension of the work the Editors had before them, and the progressive nature of the Revelation from God to Man of the Everlasting Laws of Creation, Human Life, and Social and National health and duty, that has never been equalled, and which is itself, if studied, a commentary that cannot be excelled.

He first made, by his own hand and mental effort, the translation direct from the original, with no intermediary version between the Greek or Oriental Texts and his manuscript. He revised passages three to five times and submitted difficult ones to a few Orientalist and Grecianist friends. He tested their suggestions by various previous translators. Then he collated his version with a Polyglot Bible. He was dismayed to find, in doing the latter, that translators to the various languages had repeated errors made by the Greek translators of the Hebrew or Chaldee text. He found the same with the Latin version of the Greek New Testament.

For many years he read the Old Testament in Hebrew and Chaldee and the New Testament in Greek, so as to arrive at their meaning from ancient writers themselves alone. He also had before him no theological or historic theories to assail or to support.

S. W. Partridge and Company (1900)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1 - 3

By Periods GOD created that which produced the Solar Systems; then that which produced the Earth. But the Earth was unorganised and empty; and darkness covered its convulsed surface; while the breath of GOD rocked the surface of its waters.


John 1: 1 - 3

The WORD existed in the beginning, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. He was present with God at the beginning. All came into existence by means of Him; and nothing came into existence apart from Him.

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