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.
|KJVP PMN 1:1||
PaulG3972, a prisonerG1198 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547, and TimothyG5095 our brotherG80, unto PhilemonG5371 our dearly belovedG27, and fellowlabourerG4904,
|KJVP PMN 1:2||And to our belovedG27 ApphiaG682, and ArchippusG751 our fellowsoldierG4961, and to the churchG1577 in thy houseG3624:|
|KJVP PMN 1:3||GraceG5485 to you, and peaceG1515, from GodG2316 our FatherG3962 and the LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547.|
|KJVP PMN 1:4||I thankG2168 my GodG2316, makingG4160 mentionG3417 of thee alwaysG3842 in my prayersG4335,|
|KJVP PMN 1:5||HearingG191 of thy loveG26 and faithG4102, whichG3739 thou hastG2192 towardG4314 the LordG2962 JesusG2424, and towardG1519 allG3956 saintsG40;|
|KJVP PMN 1:6||That the communicationG2842 of thy faithG4102 may becomeG1096 effectualG1756 by the acknowledgingG1922 of everyG3956 goodG18 thing whichG3588 is in you in ChristG5547 JesusG2424.|
|KJVP PMN 1:7||For we haveG2192 greatG4183 joyG5485 and consolationG3874 in thy loveG26, becauseG3754 the bowelsG4698 of the saintsG40 are refreshedG373 by thee, brotherG80.|
|KJVP PMN 1:8||WhereforeG1352, though I might be muchG4183 boldG3954 in ChristG5547 to enjoinG2004 thee that which is convenientG433,|
|KJVP PMN 1:9||Yet for love?sG26 sake I ratherG3123 beseechG3870 thee, beingG5607 suchG5108 an one as PaulG3972 the agedG4246, and nowG3570 alsoG2532 a prisonerG1198 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547.|
|KJVP PMN 1:10||I beseechG3870 thee for my sonG5043 OnesimusG3682, whomG3739 I have begottenG1080 in my bondsG1199:|
|KJVP PMN 1:11||WhichG3588 in timeG4218 past was to thee unprofitableG890, but nowG3570 profitableG2173 to thee and to me:|
|KJVP PMN 1:12||WhomG3739 I have sentG375 againG375: thou therefore receiveG4355 him, that is, mineG1699 own bowelsG4698:|
|KJVP PMN 1:13||WhomG3739 I would have retainedG2722 with me, that in thy steadG5228 he might have ministeredG1247 unto me in the bondsG1199 of the gospelG2098:|
|KJVP PMN 1:14||But withoutG5565 thy mindG1106 wouldG2309 I doG4160 nothingG3762; that thy benefitG18 should not be as it were of necessityG318, but willinglyG2596-G1595.|
|KJVP PMN 1:15||For perhapsG5029 he thereforeG1223-G5124 departedG5563 for a seasonG5610, that thou shouldest receiveG568 him for everG166;|
|KJVP PMN 1:16||Not nowG3765 as a servantG1401, but aboveG5228 a servantG1401, a brotherG80 belovedG27, speciallyG3122 to me, but howG4214 muchG4214 moreG3123 unto thee, bothG2532 in the fleshG4561, and in the LordG2962?|
|KJVP PMN 1:17||IfG1487 thou countG2192 me thereforeG3767 a partnerG2844, receiveG4355 him as myselfG1691.|
|KJVP PMN 1:18||IfG1487 he hath wrongedG91 thee, orG2228 owethG3784 thee oughtG5100, putG1677 that onG1677 mineG1699 accountG1677;|
|KJVP PMN 1:19||I PaulG3972 have writtenG1125 it with mine own handG5495, I will repayG661 it: albeitG2443 I do not sayG3004 to thee howG3754 thou owestG4359 unto me evenG2532 thineG4572 ownG4572 selfG4572 besidesG4359.|
|KJVP PMN 1:20||YeaG3483, brotherG80, let me have joyG3685 of thee in the LordG2962: refreshG373 my bowelsG4698 in the LordG2962.|
|KJVP PMN 1:21||Having confidenceG3982 in thy obedienceG5218 I wroteG1125 unto thee, knowingG1492 that thou wilt alsoG2532 doG4160 moreG5228 thanG5228 I sayG3004.|
|KJVP PMN 1:22||But withalG260 prepareG2090 me alsoG2532 a lodgingG3578: for I trustG1679 that throughG1223 yourG5216 prayersG4335 I shall be givenG5483 unto you.|
|KJVP PMN 1:23||There saluteG782 thee EpaphrasG1889, my fellowprisonerG4869 in ChristG5547 JesusG2424;|
|KJVP PMN 1:24||MarcusG3138, AristarchusG708, DemasG1214, Lucas, my fellowlabourersG4904.|
|KJVP PMN 1:25||The graceG5485 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547 be with yourG5216 spiritG4151. AmenG281.|