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 11:1||
Peter's Defence of Gentile Believers.
|RF ACT 11:2||And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those from the circumcision criticized him,|
|RF ACT 11:3||remarking, "Why do you associate with uncircumcised men, and even eat with them?"|
|RF ACT 11:4||But Peter began explaining it to them, step by step, saying,|
|RF ACT 11:5||"I was in the town of Joppa praying; and entranced, I saw in a vision something like a large sheet carried by the four corners, descending from the sky, and coming near to myself.|
|RF ACT 11:6||On which gazing, I looked carefully, and saw the quadrupeds of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.|
|RF ACT 11:7||And then I heard a voice saying to me, 'Arise, Peter; sacrifice and eat!'|
|RF ACT 11:8||But I replied, 'By no means, Sir; for never has anything common or impure entered my mouth.|
|RF ACT 11:9||' A voice out of the sky then addressed me the second time, 'What God has purified is not defiled to you.'|
|RF ACT 11:10||This occurred three times; and all were drawn up again into the sky.|
|RF ACT 11:11||And at that moment, three men, sent to me from Caesarea, approached the house where we were.|
|RF ACT 11:12||The Spirit then instructed me to accompany them without the least hesitation. These six brothers also accompanied me; and entering the man's house,|
|RF ACT 11:13||he related to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ' Send to Joppa, and fetch Simon, surnamed Peter,|
|RF ACT 11:14||who will explain to you the means by which you, as well as all your family, may be saved! '|
|RF ACT 11:15||And just as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them in the same way as upon us at the beginning.|
|RF ACT 11:16||Then I remembered the declaration of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be baptized in Holy Spirit.' 1|
|RF ACT 11:17||If then God has granted the same gift also to them as to ourselves, when they believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I should be able to hinder God?"|
|RF ACT 11:18||When they heard this, they were silent, and thanked God, remarking, "Then God has indeed also given to the Gentiles conversion into life."|
|RF ACT 11:19|| Missionary Enterprise.
Meantime those dispersed by the distress that arose on account of Stephen, traversed as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, delivering the message to none but Jews only.
|RF ACT 11:20||But there were some of them, men of Cyprus, and Cyrenians, who, arriving at Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus.|
|RF ACT 11:21||And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a large number, having believed, turned to the Lord.|
|RF ACT 11:22|| The Assembly at Antioch.
And the report concerning them reached the ears of the assembly in Jerusalem. And they commissioned Barnabas to proceed to Antioch;
|RF ACT 11:23||who, on arrival, was delighted to witness the gift of God, and consoled and encouraged all their hearts to adhere to the Lord;|
|RF ACT 11:24||for he was a genial man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith; and a considerable number were added to the Lord.|
|RF ACT 11:25||He then proceeded to Tarsus, to search for Saul;|
|RF ACT 11:26||and having found him, he took him to Antioch. So it came about that they were working together in that assembly for a whole year, and instructed a large number of people; the disciples, too, at Antioch first called themselves Christians.|
|RF ACT 11:27||At this time, some preachers came down from Jerusalem to Antioch;|
|RF ACT 11:28||and one of them, named Agabus, standing up, announced, through the influence of the Spirit, that a severe famine would come over all the empire; which, indeed, did occur under Claudius.|
|RF ACT 11:29||The disciples then determined, according to their individual ability, to send assistance to their brothers living in Judea;|
|RF ACT 11:30|| this they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
1. Acts 1.5 Matt 3.11