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 MAT 14:1||AtG1722 that timeG2540 HerodG2264 the tetrarchG5076 heardG191 of the fameG189 of JesusG2424,|
|KJVP MAT 14:2||And saidG2036 unto his servantsG3816, ThisG3778 is JohnG2491 the BaptistG910; he is risenG1453 from the deadG3498; and thereforeG1223-G5124 mightyG1411 works do showG1754 forthG1754 themselves in him.|
|KJVP MAT 14:3||For HerodG2264 had laid holdG2902 on JohnG2491, and boundG1210 him, and putG5087 him in prisonG5438 for Herodias?G2266 sake, his brotherG80 Philip?sG5376 wifeG1135.|
|KJVP MAT 14:4||For JohnG2491 saidG3004 unto him, It is not lawfulG1832 for thee to haveG2192 her.|
|KJVP MAT 14:5||And when he wouldG2309 have putG615 him to deathG615, he fearedG5399 the multitudeG3793, becauseG3754 they countedG2192 him as a prophetG4396.|
|KJVP MAT 14:6||But when Herod?sG2264 birthdayG1077 was keptG71, the daughterG2364 of HerodiasG2266 dancedG3738 beforeG3319 them, and pleasedG700 HerodG2264.|
|KJVP MAT 14:7||WhereuponG3606 he promisedG3670 with an oathG3727 to giveG1325 her whatsoeverG3739-G1437 she would askG154.|
|KJVP MAT 14:8||And she, being beforeG4264 instructedG4264 of her motherG3384, saidG5346, GiveG1325 me hereG5602 JohnG2491 Baptist?sG910 headG2776 in a chargerG4094.|
|KJVP MAT 14:9||And the kingG935 was sorryG3076: nevertheless for the oath?sG3727 sake, and them which satG4873 with him atG4873 meat, he commandedG2753 it to be givenG1325 her.|
|KJVP MAT 14:10||And he sentG3992, and beheadedG607 JohnG2491 in the prisonG5438.|
|KJVP MAT 14:11||And his headG2776 was broughtG5342 in a chargerG4094, and givenG1325 to the damselG2877: and she broughtG5342 it to her motherG3384.|
|KJVP MAT 14:12||And his disciplesG3101 cameG4334, and tookG142 up the bodyG4983, and buriedG2290 it, and wentG2064 and toldG518 JesusG2424.|
|KJVP MAT 14:13||When JesusG2424 heardG191 of it, he departedG402 thenceG1564 by shipG4143 intoG1519 a desertG2048 placeG5117 apartG2596-G2398: and when the peopleG3793 had heardG191 thereof, they followedG190 him onG3979 footG3979 out of the citiesG4172.|
|KJVP MAT 14:14||And JesusG2424 wentG1831 forthG1831, and sawG1492 a greatG4183 multitudeG3793, and was movedG4697 with compassionG4697 towardG1909 them, and he healedG2323 their sickG732.|
|KJVP MAT 14:15||And when it was eveningG3798, his disciplesG3101 cameG4334 to him, sayingG3004, ThisG3588 is a desertG2048 placeG5117, and the timeG5610 is nowG2235 pastG3928; sendG630 the multitudeG3793 awayG630, that they may goG565 intoG1519 the villagesG2968, and buyG59 themselvesG1438 victualsG1033.|
|KJVP MAT 14:16||But JesusG2424 saidG2036 unto them, They needG2192-G5532 not departG565; giveG1325 ye them to eatG5315.|
|KJVP MAT 14:17||And they sayG3004 unto him, We haveG2192 hereG5602 but fiveG4002 loavesG740, and twoG1417 fishesG2486.|
|KJVP MAT 14:18||He saidG2036, BringG5342 them hitherG5602 to me.|
|KJVP MAT 14:19||And he commandedG2753 the multitudeG3793 to sitG347 downG347 onG1909 the grassG5528, and tookG2983 the fiveG4002 loavesG740, and the twoG1417 fishesG2486, and lookingG308 up to heavenG3772, he blessedG2127, and brakeG2806, and gaveG1325 the loavesG740 to his disciplesG3101, and the disciplesG3101 to the multitudeG3793.|
|KJVP MAT 14:20||And they did allG3956 eatG5315, and were filledG5526: and they tookG142 up of the fragmentsG2801 that remainedG4052 twelve.G1427 basketsG2894 fullG4134.|
|KJVP MAT 14:21||And they that had eatenG2068 were aboutG5616 fiveG4000 thousandG4000 menG435, besideG5565 womenG1135 and childrenG3813.|
|KJVP MAT 14:22||And straightwayG2112 JesusG2424 constrainedG315 his disciplesG3101 to getG1684 intoG1519 a shipG4143, and to goG4254 beforeG4254 him unto the otherG4008 sideG4008, whileG2193 he sentG630 the multitudesG3793 awayG630.|
|KJVP MAT 14:23||And when he had sentG630 the multitudesG3793 awayG630, he wentG305 up intoG1519 a mountainG3735 apartG2596-G2398 to prayG4336: and when the eveningG3798 was comeG1096, he was thereG1563 aloneG3441.|
|KJVP MAT 14:24||But the shipG4143 was nowG2235 in the midstG3319 of the seaG2281, tossedG928 with wavesG2949: for the windG417 was contraryG1727.|
|KJVP MAT 14:25||And in the fourthG5067 watchG5438 of the nightG3571 JesusG2424 wentG565 unto them, walkingG4043 onG1909 the seaG2281.|
|KJVP MAT 14:26||And when the disciplesG3101 sawG1492 him walkingG4043 onG1909 the seaG2281, they were troubledG5015, sayingG3004, It is a spiritG5326; and they criedG2896 out for fearG5401.|
|KJVP MAT 14:27||But straightwayG2112 JesusG2424 spakeG2980 unto them, sayingG3004, Be of good cheerG2293; it is I; be not afraidG5399.|
|KJVP MAT 14:28||And PeterG4074 answeredG611 him and saidG2036, LordG2962, ifG1487 it be thou, bidG2753 me comeG2064 unto thee onG1909 the waterG5204.|
|KJVP MAT 14:29||And he saidG2036, ComeG2064. And when PeterG4074 was comeG2597 downG2597 out of the shipG4143, he walkedG4043 onG1909 the waterG5204, to goG2064 to JesusG2424.|
|KJVP MAT 14:30||But when he sawG991 the windG417 boisterousG2478, he was afraidG5399; and beginningG756 to sinkG2670, he criedG2896, sayingG3004, LordG2962, saveG4982 me.|
|KJVP MAT 14:31||And immediatelyG2112 JesusG2424 stretchedG1614 forthG1614 his handG5495, and caughtG1949 him, and saidG3004 unto him, O thou of littleG3640 faithG3640, whereforeG1519-G5101 didst thou doubtG1365?|
|KJVP MAT 14:32||And when they were comeG1684 intoG1519 the shipG4143, the windG417 ceasedG2869.|
|KJVP MAT 14:33||ThenG1161 they that were in the shipG4143 cameG2064 and worshippedG4352 him, sayingG3004, Of a truthG230 thou artG1488 the SonG5207 of GodG2316.|
|KJVP MAT 14:34||And when they were goneG1276 overG1276, they cameG2064 intoG1519 the landG1093 of GennesaretG1082.|
|KJVP MAT 14:35||And when the menG435 of that placeG5117 had knowledgeG1921 of him, they sentG649 out intoG1519 allG3650 that countryG4066 roundG4066 aboutG4066, and broughtG4374 unto him allG3956 that were diseasedG2560-G2192;|
|KJVP MAT 14:36||And besoughtG3870 him that they might onlyG3440 touchG680 the hemG2899 of his garmentG2440: and as manyG3745 as touchedG680 were madeG1295 perfectlyG1295 wholeG1295.|