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 PMN 1:1||
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,
|AKJV PMN 1:2||And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:|
|AKJV PMN 1:3||Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.|
|AKJV PMN 1:4||I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,|
|AKJV PMN 1:5||Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;|
|AKJV PMN 1:6||That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.|
|AKJV PMN 1:7||For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.|
|AKJV PMN 1:8||Why, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin you that which is convenient,|
|AKJV PMN 1:9||Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.|
|AKJV PMN 1:10||I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:|
|AKJV PMN 1:11||Which in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me:|
|AKJV PMN 1:12||Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels:|
|AKJV PMN 1:13||Whom I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:|
|AKJV PMN 1:14||But without your mind would I do nothing; that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.|
|AKJV PMN 1:15||For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him for ever;|
|AKJV PMN 1:16||Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?|
|AKJV PMN 1:17||If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.|
|AKJV PMN 1:18||If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on my account;|
|AKJV PMN 1:19||I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to you how you owe to me even your own self besides.|
|AKJV PMN 1:20||Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.|
|AKJV PMN 1:21||Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do more than I say.|
|AKJV PMN 1:22||But with prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given to you.|
|AKJV PMN 1:23||There salute you Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;|
|AKJV PMN 1:24||Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow laborers.|
|AKJV PMN 1:25||The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.|