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.
|RF COL 1:1||PAUL, by the will of God an apostle of Christ Jesus, and the brother Timothy,|
|RF COL 1:2||to the holy and faithful brethren in Christ at Colossae. Blessing and peace to you from our Father, God.|
|RF COL 1:3||We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,|
|RF COL 1:4||having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love which you have to all the saints:|
|RF COL 1:5||because of the hope laid up in the heavens, of which you previously heard in the plea for the truth of the gospel,|
|RF COL 1:6||which is presented to you, and also to the whole world, and is fruitful and growing; as also it is among you, from the day you heard and truly recognized the Divine gift;|
|RF COL 1:7||which you learnt from our dear fellow-servant Epaphras, who is our faithful minister of Christ,|
|RF COL 1:8||and who has told us of your spiritual love.|
|RF COL 1:9|| The Believers Standing in Christ.
And consequently we, from the day we heard of it, have never ceased praying for you, and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will, with all spiritual wisdom and understanding;
|RF COL 1:10||and conducting yourselves worthy of the Lord in all nobility, successful in every good work, and improved by the knowledge of God;|
|RF COL 1:11||being strong with all strength, by His rectifying power, to endure every hardship and trial,|
|RF COL 1:12||gladly giving thanks to the Father, Who brought us into the partnership of the inheritance of the holy in the light;|
|RF COL 1:13||Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and transferred us unto the Kingdom of His beloved Son|
|RF COL 1:14||in whom we have the redemption, the release from sins|
|RF COL 1:15||who is the likeness of the unseen God, the Producer of all creation;|
|RF COL 1:16||because by him was created everything in the heavens and upon the earth—the seen and the unseen; whether thrones, sovereignties, governments, or authorities—the whole were created through Him and for Him;|
|RF COL 1:17||and He Himself preceded all, and the whole was established by Him.|
|RF COL 1:18||And He is the Head of the body, the church; He is the Beginning, the Bringer-forth from the dead, so that He may Himself be the first over all.|
|RF COL 1:19||Because He decreed that all perfection should dwell in Him;|
|RF COL 1:20||and through Him He will collect all again to Himself—having made peace by the blood of His cross, through Him —whether upon the earth or in the heavens.|
|RF COL 1:21||You, however, were once alienated and estranged, through your mind being addicted to the practice of vice; but now He has reconciled again,|
|RF COL 1:22||through the death of His corporeal body, to place you in the presence of Himself holy, blameless, and irreproachable:|
|RF COL 1:23||if you remain fixed and firm to the faith, and change not from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which has been preached to all creation under the heavens, of which I, Paul, became a minister.|
|RF COL 1:24|| The Divine Call of the Apostle Affirmed.
Now I rejoice for your sakes in sufferings, and I would fill up in my body the extreme of Christ's affliction, for the sake of His body—the church;
|RF COL 1:25||of which I became a minister by appointment given to me for you from God, to accomplish the Divine intention,|
|RF COL 1:26||the secret hidden from the ages, and from the nations, but now made manifest to His saints.|
|RF COL 1:27||By whom God willed to make known among the heathen what is the wealth of the splendour of this secret; that is Christ in you—the glorious Hope|
|RF COL 1:28||which we proclaim; warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, so that we may present each one perfect in Christ;|
|RF COL 1:29||for which I also vigorously strive, according to His energy working powerfully in me.|