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 ACT 1:1||
|RF ACT 1:2||from the beginning until the day when, having equipped the apostles whom He had selected with Holy Spirit,|
|RF ACT 1:3||He ascended: to whom He also presented Himself alive, with many proofs, after His suffering; appearing to them during forty days, and speaking regarding the welfare of the Kingdom of God.|
|RF ACT 1:4||And, being in their company, He enjoined them "not to remove from Jerusalem; but await the promise of the Father, concerning which you heard from Me.|
|RF ACT 1:5||Because John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with Holy Spirit not many days from now."|
|RF ACT 1:6||When they were together, however, they asked Him: "Master, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"|
|RF ACT 1:7||"It is not for you," He answered them, "to know times or periods which the Father has reserved at His own absolute disposal.|
|RF ACT 1:8||But you shall receive power from the Holy Spirit coming upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the bounds of the earth."|
|RF ACT 1:9|| The Ascension.
And saying this, even while they 'ere looking, He ascended; and a cloud carried Him up from their view.
|RF ACT 1:10||And as they were gazing intently into the heaven at His departure, two men in white robes suddenly stood beside them;|
|RF ACT 1:11||who also said: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This Jesus, Who has ascended from you to the heaven, will even return in the same way as you have seen Him depart to the heaven."|
|RF ACT 1:12||They then returned to Jerusalem from the Mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.|
|RF ACT 1:13||And when they had entered it, they ascended to the upper chamber, where they were staying; that is, Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus and Simon the Zealous, and Judas of James.|
|RF ACT 1:14||All these were waiting in full union in prayer together, with women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.|
|RF ACT 1:15|| Choosing a Successor to Judas.
On such an occasion, Peter standing up among the brethren (who included about one hundred and twenty names),
|RF ACT 1:16||said: "Men, brothers! it was necessary that the Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit dictated through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus;|
|RF ACT 1:17||because he was enumerated with us, and obtained a share in this service."|
|RF ACT 1:18||(He bought a farm, however, with the wages of that wickedness; and, falling there, face downwards, the body burst, and the whole of his viscera fell out,|
|RF ACT 1:19||And this was known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so that in their own language the farm was named, "Aceldama," that is, "Blood-Farm."|
|RF ACT 1:20||For it is recorded in the book of Psalms: LET HIS HOUSE BE DESERTED, AND LET NONE BECOME ITS OCCUPANT 1 and, LET ANOTHER TAKE HIS OFFICE. 2 )|
|RF ACT 1:21||It is therefore necessary that one of those men who have been included in our company during the whole of the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,|
|RF ACT 1:22||beginning from the baptism of John until the day in which He was taken up from us, should be one of those who will be a witness with us of His resurrection."|
|RF ACT 1:23||They accordingly chose two, Joseph, surnamed Barsabas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias.|
|RF ACT 1:24||And, Praying, they said: "Lord, You Knower of all hearts, indicate which one of these two You have chosen|
|RF ACT 1:25||to receive the position of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas went astray, so as to sink to his proper position."|
|RF ACT 1:26|| They then gave them their votes; and the vote fell on Matthias. He was accordingly elected to work with the eleven apostles.
1 Psa lxix 25
2 Psa cix 8