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.
|AKJV PE2 1:1||
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:
|AKJV PE2 1:2||Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,|
|AKJV PE2 1:3||According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue:|
|AKJV PE2 1:4||Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.|
|AKJV PE2 1:5||And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;|
|AKJV PE2 1:6||And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;|
|AKJV PE2 1:7||And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.|
|AKJV PE2 1:8||For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|AKJV PE2 1:9||But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.|
|AKJV PE2 1:10||Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:|
|AKJV PE2 1:11||For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.|
|AKJV PE2 1:12||Why I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth.|
|AKJV PE2 1:13||Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;|
|AKJV PE2 1:14||Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me.|
|AKJV PE2 1:15||Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.|
|AKJV PE2 1:16||For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.|
|AKJV PE2 1:17||For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.|
|AKJV PE2 1:18||And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.|
|AKJV PE2 1:19||We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:|
|AKJV PE2 1:20||Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.|
|AKJV PE2 1:21||For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.|