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.
|KJV EPH 1:1||
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:"
|KJV EPH 1:2||"Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."|
|KJV EPH 1:3||"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"|
|KJV EPH 1:4||"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"|
|KJV EPH 1:5||"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"|
|KJV EPH 1:6||"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."|
|KJV EPH 1:7||"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"|
|KJV EPH 1:8||Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;|
|KJV EPH 1:9||"Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:"|
|KJV EPH 1:10||"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"|
|KJV EPH 1:11||"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"|
|KJV EPH 1:12||"That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."|
|KJV EPH 1:13||"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"|
|KJV EPH 1:14||"Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."|
|KJV EPH 1:15||"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,"|
|KJV EPH 1:16||"Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;"|
|KJV EPH 1:17||"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:"|
|KJV EPH 1:18||"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"|
|KJV EPH 1:19||"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,"|
|KJV EPH 1:20||"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,"|
|KJV EPH 1:21||"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:"|
|KJV EPH 1:22||"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,"|
|KJV EPH 1:23||"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."|