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 JUD 1:1||
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the beloved by God the Father, and surely called in Jesus Christ:
|RF JUD 1:2||Mercy to you; and may peace and love be perfected|
|RF JUD 1:3||Friends, while I was making every effort to write to you in reference to our common salvation, I was impelled to write to you, urging you to strive energetically for the faith which was once for all entrusted to the holy.|
|RF JUD 1:4||For some impious men have crept in stealthily, who were of old prescribed for this crime, who pervert the gift of our God into profligacy, denying our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ.|
|RF JUD 1:5|| Solemn Warning against Hypocritical Unbelievers.
I now desire to remind you, although you once knew it, that the people having been saved out of the land of Egypt, those who afterwards would not believe perished.
|RF JUD 1:6||Those angels also who did not retain their original power, but abandoned their proper duty, He reserves in custody in the spirit land, under darkness, for a great Day of Judgment.|
|RF JUD 1:7||Like Sodom and Gomorrah, and their surrounding towns—who in the same way gave themselves up to prostitution, going after foul sensuality are placed as a warning, committed to a punishment of perpetual fire.|
|RF JUD 1:8||In the same way, most certainly, these dreamers also corrupt the body; they despise government; they libel authorities.|
|RF JUD 1:9||But the archangel Michael, in his encounter with the Devil, when he judicially argued respecting the body of Moses, dared not indulge in an abusive defence; but simply said, "The LORD reprove you."|
|RF JUD 1:10||These, however, sneer at whatever they are not acquainted with; but in whatever they physically understand, like irrational animals, in these they corrupt themselves.|
|RF JUD 1:11||Woe to them because they have marched the way of Cain, and with error they have rushed for the wages of Balaam, and shall perish in the revolt of Korah.|
|RF JUD 1:12||These, when they associate with you in your love-feasts are offences, gorging themselves without reverence; rainless clouds, tossed about by the winds; fruitless, autumn-withering trees, twice felled, uprooted;|
|RF JUD 1:13||wild raging sea-waves, foaming out their own disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness is reserved for ever.|
|RF JUD 1:14||Respecting these, indeed, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also foretold, saying: "Behold, a Master will come with His holy myriads,|
|RF JUD 1:15||to execute judgment upon all; and He will convict all the impious of their impious actions of which they have been notoriously guilty, and for all the perversities which impious sinners have uttered against Him."|
|RF JUD 1:16||These are inveterate fault-finders, proceeding in accordance with their own inordinate desires; their mouth is full of arrogance; they are flattering admirers for the sake of gain.|
|RF JUD 1:17||But you, friends, remember the instructions which were previously uttered by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;|
|RF JUD 1:18||how they told you that in the latter time scoffers should appear, seeking after their own impious passions.|
|RF JUD 1:19||These are the agitators—sensual, not possessed of a soul.|
|RF JUD 1:20||But you, friends, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying with a holy spirit,|
|RF JUD 1:21||guard yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ in life eternal.|
|RF JUD 1:22||Some indeed pity, with fear; some indeed reprove—making a difference;|
|RF JUD 1:23||but pitying, save from the fire; hating even the clothing which has been polluted with sensuality.|
|RF JUD 1:24||Now to Him Who is able to guard you from stumbling, and to support you blameless before the presence of His majesty with exquisite delight,|
|RF JUD 1:25|| to the only God our Saviour, honour, majesty, dominion, and might, before all time, now, and throughout all the ages, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(This letter was written in Palestine probably about the year 65 or 66 A.D. The Apostle Peter evidently had either read it, or had a copy before him when penning his own second Letter.)