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.
|GSNT PE1 1:1||
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are scattered as foreigners over Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
|GSNT PE1 1:2||whom God the Father has chosen and predestined by the consecration of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, and to be sprinkled with his blood; God bless you and give you perfect peace.|
|GSNT PE1 1:3||Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has caused us to be born anew to a life of hope through Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead,|
|GSNT PE1 1:4||and to an imperishable, unsullied, and unfading inheritance, which is kept safe for you in heaven,|
|GSNT PE1 1:5||and you by God's power are being protected through faith to receive a salvation that is now ready to be disclosed at the last time.|
|GSNT PE1 1:6||Rejoice over this, although just now perhaps distressed by various trials;|
|GSNT PE1 1:7||they are to show that your faith when tested is found to be more precious than gold, which though it is perishable is tested with fire, and they will bring you praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.|
|GSNT PE1 1:8||You must love him, though you have not seen him, but since you believe in him though you do not now see him, rejoice with triumphant, unutterable joy|
|GSNT PE1 1:9||to attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.|
|GSNT PE1 1:10||About this salvation the prophets who prophesied of the blessing that was destined for you made the most careful investigation,|
|GSNT PE1 1:11||trying to learn for what possible time the spirit of Christ within them in predicting the sufferings destined for Christ intended them and the glories that were to follow them.|
|GSNT PE1 1:12||It was disclosed to them that they were serving not themselves but you in dealing with these things, which have now been told you by those who through the holy Spirit sent from heaven brought you the good news; things into which angels long to look!|
|GSNT PE1 1:13||Therefore, prepare your minds for action, and with perfect calmness fix your hopes on the mercy that you are to experience when Jesus Christ is revealed.|
|GSNT PE1 1:14||Like obedient children, do not adapt yourselves to the cravings you used to follow when you were ignorant,|
|GSNT PE1 1:15||but like the holy Being who has called you, you must also prove holy in all your conduct,|
|GSNT PE1 1:16||for the Scripture says, "You must be holy, Because I am holy."|
|GSNT PE1 1:17||And if you address him as Father who judges everyone impartially by what he does, you must live reverently all the time you stay here,|
|GSNT PE1 1:18||for you know that you have not been ransomed with anything perishable like silver or gold, from the futile way of living in which you were brought up,|
|GSNT PE1 1:19||but with precious blood, like that of an unblemished, spotless lamb, the blood of Christ,|
|GSNT PE1 1:20||who was predestined for this before the foundation of the world, but was revealed only at the end of the ages,|
|GSNT PE1 1:21||for the sake of you who through him trust in God, who raised him from the dead and showed him honor; and so your faith and hope rest on God.|
|GSNT PE1 1:22||Now that by obeying the truth you have purified your souls for sincere love of the brotherhood, you must love one another intensely and heartily,|
|GSNT PE1 1:23||for you have been born anew from a germ not perishable, but imperishable, through the message of the living, everlasting God.|
|GSNT PE1 1:24||For "All flesh is like grass, And all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And the flower fades,|
|GSNT PE1 1:25||But the word of the Lord will last forever," that is, the good news that has been brought to you.|