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 PE2 1:1||
The Object of the Divine Promises.
|RF PE2 1:2||May blessing and peace be abundant to you with knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.|
|RF PE2 1:3||Seeing that His Divine power has presented to us everything for the purpose of life and piety, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own majesty and virtue;|
|RF PE2 1:4||through which He has endowed us with the greatest and most honorable promises; so that through these you might become participators of a Divine nature, having escaped from that corruption which exists in the world owing to depraved desire.|
|RF PE2 1:5||Therefore, for this reason, use every effort, having enlisted, to drill yourselves by the faith in virtue, and by the virtue in intelligence;|
|RF PE2 1:6||and by the intelligence in self-restraint; and by the self-restraint in obedience; and by the obedience in piety;|
|RF PE2 1:7||and by the piety in brotherly kindness; and by the brotherly kindness in love.|
|RF PE2 1:8||For if you possess and progress in these, you will neither be dilatory nor ineffective when reviewed by our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|RF PE2 1:9||For whoever is not disciplined in these, is blind, short-sighted, choosing to forget the pruning he has received from his old errors.|
|RF PE2 1:10||Consequently, brothers, earnestly work to make your calling and enrolment sure: for having done these things, you will never at any time falter;|
|RF PE2 1:11||for thus you will be fully equipped for your march into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.|
|RF PE2 1:12|| Reiterated Admonitions.
I will in consequence be careful at all times to remind you about these things, although you are instructed and stand firm in the revealed truth.
|RF PE2 1:13||Yet I consider it right, as long as I am in this little tent, to arouse you into a remembrance;|
|RF PE2 1:14||knowing that the striking of my tent is near, as our Lord Jesus Christ disclosed to me.|
|RF PE2 1:15||Therefore, I will also endeavor to have each one of you, after my departure, to be made to remember these matters.|
|RF PE2 1:16||Because we were not following cunningly-devised fables when we informed you of the power and revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; but, on the contrary, we were eye-witnesses of His grandeur.|
|RF PE2 1:17||For having received from God His Father honour and splendour, a Voice was sent to Him from the Supreme Majesty, declaring, "This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I have delighted!"|
|RF PE2 1:18||And we heard this Voice coming from heaven when we were with Him upon the holy hill.|
|RF PE2 1:19||And we possess in this prophetic message a firm support, to which you will do well to pay attention, as to a lamp shining in a gloomy place, until the day dawns, and the Morning Star arises in your hearts;|
|RF PE2 1:20||recognizing, in the first place, that no prophecy of Scripture ever emanated from personal effort.|
|RF PE2 1:21||For prophecy was never a result from human design; on the contrary, men spoke under the influence of a Holy Spirit sent from God.|