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 3:1||
The Irrevocable Word of God.
|RF PE2 3:2||with clear intelligence to be mindful of the statements previously uttered by the holy prophets, and of your apostles, of the commands of the Lord and Saviour.|
|RF PE2 3:3||You should first recognize this, that during the latter times deceivers will come with deception, gratifying their own passions,|
|RF PE2 3:4||and asking, "Where is the promise of His appearing? for since the forefathers went to sleep, everything continues the same from the beginning of the creation."|
|RF PE2 3:5||For they willingly suffer to be hid from them this reason, that by the intention of God the skies existed from of old, and the earth with water above and water below,|
|RF PE2 3:6||arranged for the purpose of God, by means of which the then existing world perished, by the water having rushed down.|
|RF PE2 3:7||But the present earth and skies are treasured up by His intention, reserved for fire at a period of judgment and destruction of wicked men.|
|RF PE2 3:8||But do not allow this one fact to escape you, friends, that with the Lord a single day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a single day.|
|RF PE2 3:9||The Lord does not delay His promise, as some regard delaying; but extends His patience towards you, desiring that none should be lost, but that all should come to a change of mind.|
|RF PE2 3:10||But the day of the Lord will approach like a thief, when the skies will pass away with a crash, and their constituents will be dissolved by heat; while the earth and what is upon it will be reorganized.2|
|RF PE2 3:11|| All having to be thus dissolved, what ought you to be like in regard to pure conduct and piety,
2. Some of the old MSS. read, "will be made known," "burnt up," "laid bare."
|RF PE2 3:12||expecting and hastening on the appearance of the Day of God!—during which the burning skies will be dissolved, and their constituents melted by heat;|
|RF PE2 3:13||yet according to His promise, we look for new skies and a new earth, in which righteousness will dwell.|
|RF PE2 3:14||Consequently, friends, seeing that you are expecting these, be in earnest to be found in peace by Him, spotless and blameless;|
|RF PE2 3:15||and you will secure the enduring salvation from our Lord. As also our dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom granted to him, has written to you;|
|RF PE2 3:16||as, indeed, in many letters he has spoken about these subjects—in which are some things difficult to understand, which the ignorant and the fickle distort, as also they do the other scriptures to their own destruction.|
|RF PE2 3:17||You therefore, friends, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard; lest, being misled by the error of the lawless, you fall away from your own standard.|
|RF PE2 3:18||But progress in goodness and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him the majesty both now and in eternal life. Amen.|