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.
|RF REV 21:1||
The New Sky and New Earth.
|RF REV 21:2||And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of the heaven from God, arrayed like a bride adorned for her husband.|
|RF REV 21:3||And I heard a loud voice, issuing from the throne, saying, "Now the tabernacle of God is with mankind; and He will encamp among them; and those people shall be His; and God Himself will be with them.|
|RF REV 21:4||And He shall wipe every tear from their eyes; and death shall exist no more; nor anguish, nor crying, nor grief, shall exist any longer. The former conditions have passed away."|
|RF REV 21:5||And the Occupant of the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He commanded me, "Write: because these words are trustworthy and true."|
|RF REV 21:6||Then He said to me, "It has come! I, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the fountain of the water of life.|
|RF REV 21:7||The conqueror shall inherit these; and I will be a God to him, and he shall be a son to Me.|
|RF REV 21:8||But as for the cowardly, and faithless, and depraved, and murderers, and fornicators, and poisoners, and idolaters, and all liars—their lot is in the lake burning with Divine fire: which is the second death."|
|RF REV 21:9|| The Holy City Described.
And one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials, which were filled with the seven last plagues, came; and he spoke with me, saying: "Come here! I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb."
|RF REV 21:10||And he conveyed me in spirit upon a great and high mountain; and showed me Jerusalem; the holy city, coming down out of the heaven from God,|
|RF REV 21:11||possessing the Divine glory. Her luster resembled a very precious jewel—that of a crystalline Jasper.|
|RF REV 21:12||It had a great and high wall; it had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed upon them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.|
|RF REV 21:13||Upon the east were three gates; and upon the north three gates; and upon the south three gates; and upon the west three gates.|
|RF REV 21:14||And the wall of the city had twelve foundation courses, and upon them twelve names, those of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.|
|RF REV 21:15||And the speaker with me had a golden measuring rod, so that he might measure the city, and its gates and its wall.|
|RF REV 21:16||And the city was designed as a square, its length being the same as its breadth. And he measured the city with the rod, twelve thousand stadion;1 the length, the breadth, and the width of it being exactly equal.|
|RF REV 21:17||He also measured its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits2 the measure of a man who is an angel.|
|RF REV 21:18||And the buttresses of its walls, jasper; and the city pure gold, resembling pure glass.|
|RF REV 21:19||The foundations of the wall of the city were decorated with every precious stone. The first course jasper; the second, sapphire the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;|
|RF REV 21:20||the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.|
|RF REV 21:21||And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each separate gate a single pearl. And the broad-way of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.|
|RF REV 21:22||And I saw no Sanctuary in it; for the Lord, the God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its Sanctuary.|
|RF REV 21:23||And the city has no need of the sun, nor yet of the moon to shine upon it; for the glory of God illuminates it, and the Lamb is its lamp.|
|RF REV 21:24||And the nations shall walk by its light; and the kings of the earth shall bring their splendour to it.|
|RF REV 21:25||And its gates shall not be closed daily, for night is not there.|
|RF REV 21:26||And they shall present the glory and the honour of the nations in it.|
|RF REV 21:27|| But there shall never enter into it any profane, or who practices depravity and falsehood; none but those who are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life.
1. One stadium is equivalent to two hundred yards.
2 One Hebrew sacred cubit is equal to twenty five English Inches.