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.
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|RF TH2 1:2||Blessing and peace to you from God our Father, and Lord Jesus Christ.|
|RF TH2 1:3|| The Apostles Thanksgiving.
We ought rightly to give thanks to God always for you, friends, as it is fitting; because your faith abounds beyond measure, and love fills all of you mutually:
|RF TH2 1:4||so that we ourselves boast in the assemblies of God regarding your obedience and fidelity in all the persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring|
|RF TH2 1:5||as a proof of the right decision of God in having considered you worthy of His Divine Kingdom, for the sake of which you suffer.|
|RF TH2 1:6|| Righteous Retribution.
Hence it is right with God to repay your afflicters with affliction;
|RF TH2 1:7||and to you, the afflicted—rest, with us, at the manifestation of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with messengers of His power:|
|RF TH2 1:8||in fiery flame giving judgment to those not perceiving God, and to those not attending to the glad tidings of our Lord Jesus,|
|RF TH2 1:9||whose sentence shall be eternal banishment from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His might;|
|RF TH2 1:10||when He will come to be exalted by His saints, and admired by all His believers, when He will confirm our testimony to you in that day.|
|RF TH2 1:11||To this end we always pray for you, so that our God may consider you worthy of the calling, and may powerfully equip with every noble accomplishment and faithful work;|
|RF TH2 1:12||so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be exalted in you, and you in Him, by the gift of our God, and Lord Jesus Christ.|