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.
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If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.
|AKJV COL 3:2||Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.|
|AKJV COL 3:3||For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.|
|AKJV COL 3:4||When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.|
|AKJV COL 3:5||Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:|
|AKJV COL 3:6||For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:|
|AKJV COL 3:7||In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.|
|AKJV COL 3:8||But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.|
|AKJV COL 3:9||Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;|
|AKJV COL 3:10||And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:|
|AKJV COL 3:11||Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.|
|AKJV COL 3:12||Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;|
|AKJV COL 3:13||Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.|
|AKJV COL 3:14||And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.|
|AKJV COL 3:15||And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.|
|AKJV COL 3:16||Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.|
|AKJV COL 3:17||And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.|
|AKJV COL 3:18||Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.|
|AKJV COL 3:19||Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.|
|AKJV COL 3:20||Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.|
|AKJV COL 3:21||Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.|
|AKJV COL 3:22||Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;|
|AKJV COL 3:23||And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;|
|AKJV COL 3:24||Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.|
|AKJV COL 3:25||But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.|