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 PE1 2:1||Consequently, abandoning all vice, and deceit, and pretence, and envy, and all slandering,|
|RF PE1 2:2||crave like newborn babes the rational, unadulterated milk, so that by it you may be growing up to salvation;|
|RF PE1 2:3||if you have tasted that the Lord is good;|
|RF PE1 2:4||to Whom coming—a living Stone, rejected indeed by men, but approved, distinguished in the presence of God.|
|RF PE1 2:5||yourselves also should be built up like living stones into a spiritual house, into a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.|
|RF PE1 2:6|| Because it is said in Scripture:
LOOK! I WILL PLACE IN ZION A CHOSEN STONE,—A PRECIOUS ANGLE-POINT. AND WHOEVER TRUSTS ON IT SHALL NEVER BE ASHAMED.2
|RF PE1 2:7||For those of you, therefore, who trust, He is the Distinguished; but to the unbelieving, A STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,—THAT HAS BECOME THE HIGHEST ANGLE-POINT.3|
|RF PE1 2:8||and A STONE OF STUMBLING, AND A ROCK OF OFFENCE;4 Being careless, they stumble at the message for which they were intended.|
|RF PE1 2:9|| But you are A SELECT RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR ACTION;5 so that you may display the virtues of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light;
2. Isa 28:16
3. Psa 118:22
4. Isa 8:14
5. Exo 29:5-6
|RF PE1 2:10||who once were NOT A PEOPLE but are now A PEOPLE OF GOD; who WERE UNFITTED, but have NOW SECURED COMPASSION.1|
|RF PE1 2:11||I implore you, friends, as lodgers and travelers, to refrain from sensual desires, which war against the soul;|
|RF PE1 2:12||keeping the course of your life bright among the heathen; so that although they slander you as profligate, they may, attracted by your brilliant conduct, praise God whilst witnessing it.|
|RF PE1 2:13|| The Duties of Citizenship.
Be subject to every human institution for the sake of the Lord: whether to a king, as supreme;
|RF PE1 2:14||or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of criminals, and for the approval of the well-conducted.|
|RF PE1 2:15||Because this is the intention of God, to check by means of well-doing the senselessness of ignorant men.|
|RF PE1 2:16||As free men, however, though not using your freedom as a pretext for vice, but like servants of God.|
|RF PE1 2:17||Honour all; love the brotherhood; reverence God; honour the king.|
|RF PE1 2:18|| The duty of Servants.
Domestics should obey their masters with all respect; not only the benevolent and considerate, but also even the perverse.
|RF PE1 2:19||For this is pleasing, if through a consciousness of God, any one endures pain, suffering it unjustly.|
|RF PE1 2:20||For what honour is it, if when you do wrong, and are punished, you bear it patiently? If, however, when you do right, and yet suffer, you bear it patiently, this brings honour to God.|
|RF PE1 2:21|| Christ is the example of the Believer.
For you were chosen for this purpose: and Christ also suffered for you, leaving a pattern for you, in order that you might follow in His footsteps:
|RF PE1 2:22||Who PRACTICED NO SIN; NEITHER WAS THERE DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;|
|RF PE1 2:23||Who, when insulted, insulted not in return; while suffering, He never threatened, but surrendered Himself to the righteous Judge;|
|RF PE1 2:24||Who Himself carried our sins in His own body upon the tree, so that, abandoning those sins, we might live for righteousness; BY WHOSE WOUNDS YOU WERE HEALED.|
|RF PE1 2:25|| For you were then LIKE WANDERING SHEEP; 2 but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
1. Hos. 1:9-10
2. Isa 53:5-9