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.
|MFT JO3 1:1||The presbyter, to the beloved Gaius whom I love in the Truth.|
|MFT JO3 1:2||Beloved, I pray you may prosper in every way and keep well — as indeed your soul is keeping well.|
|MFT JO3 1:3||For I was overjoyed when some brothers arrived and testified to the truth of your life, as indeed you do lead the true Life;|
|MFT JO3 1:4||I have no greater joy than to hear of my children living in the Truth.|
|MFT JO3 1:5||Beloved, you are acting loyally in rendering any service to the brothers and especially to strangers;|
|MFT JO3 1:6||they have testified to your love before the church. Pray speed them on their journey worthily of God;|
|MFT JO3 1:7||they have started out for his sake and declined to take anything from pagans;|
|MFT JO3 1:8||hence we are bound to support such men, to prove ourselves allies of the Truth.|
|MFT JO3 1:9||I have written to the church; only, Diotrephes, who likes to take the lead among them, repudiates me.|
|MFT JO3 1:10||So when I come, I shall bring up what he is doing, babbling against me with wicked words — and, not satisfied with words, he refuses to welcome the brothers, checks those who want to welcome them, and excommunicates them from the church.|
|MFT JO3 1:11||Beloved, do not imitate evil but good; he who does good belongs to God, he who does evil has never seen God.|
|MFT JO3 1:12||Everybody testifies to Demetrius, and so does the Truth itself: I testify to him too, and you know my testimony is true.|
|MFT JO3 1:13||I had a great deal to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with ink and pen;|
|MFT JO3 1:14||I am hoping to see you soon, and we will have a talk.  Peace to you! The friends salute you: salute the friends one by one.|