|Letchworth Version in Modern English|
This version was prepared in the belief that there is still room for a version in current English, free from old-fashioned words and unfamiliar grammar, free also from colloquialisms and slang expressions; a version which follows the original closely, paraphrasing only where necessity dictates; one which seeks above all to maintain the simple, dignified style of writing which has for so long been associated with the Scriptures in English.
This version will be found to make use of words which are Anglo-Saxon rather than of classical extraction. There are some words, however, such as justification, remission, propitiation (to name only a few) of Latin origin, and not in common use, which cannot be dispensed with as they are so woven with Christian thought. In a few places, for clarity purposes, words have been supplied which are not in the original Greek. Certain pronoun and verb forms that are not in use today have been discarded.
Letchworth Printers (1948)
[Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas]
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him there was nothing made that was made.