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 13:1||
The Dedication of Barnabus and Saul.
|RF ACT 13:2||And while they were worshipping the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "You must set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work which I have allotted them."|
|RF ACT 13:3||Then fasting and praying, and laying their hands upon them, they dispatched them.|
|RF ACT 13:4||Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they accordingly went down to Seleucia: and from there they sailed to Cyprus.|
|RF ACT 13:5||And arriving at Salamis, they proclaimed the message of God in the Jewish synagogues; and they also had John as a helper.|
|RF ACT 13:6|| Elymas the Magician.
And going through the whole of the island as far as Paphos, they found a certain Judean, a magician and sham prophet, named Bar-Jesus;
|RF ACT 13:7||who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. He invited Barnabas and Saul, desiring to listen to the message of God.|
|RF ACT 13:8||But Elymas the magician (for such is the name when translated), opposed them, attempting to divert the proconsul from the faith.|
|RF ACT 13:9||But Saul, who is also named Paul, full of Holy Spirit, looking at him sternly,|
|RF ACT 13:10||said, "O you full of all deceit, and every villainy, you son of the Devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you never cease to misrepresent the straight paths of the Lord?|
|RF ACT 13:11||But even now the hand of the Lord is upon you; you shall be blind, and for a time you shall not see the sun." And immediately a mist and darkness came over him; and staggering, he groped for some one to lead him by the hand.|
|RF ACT 13:12||The proconsul, on seeing what had happened, believed, being struck with the teaching of the Lord.|
|RF ACT 13:13|| Paul's Sermon at Antioch.
Paul and his company now set sail from Paphos, and went to Perga, in Pamphylia; but John, separating from them, returned to Jerusalem.
|RF ACT 13:14||Then, proceeding from Perga, they arrived at Antioch of Pisidia; and, entering the synagogue on the Sabbath day, they sat down.|
|RF ACT 13:15||Then, after the reading of the law and the prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men, brothers, if you have any comforting message for the people, speak it."|
|RF ACT 13:16||Paul accordingly stood up, and waving his hand, said: "Men of Israel, and those that reverence God, listen.|
|RF ACT 13:17||The God of this people Israel chose our forefathers and raised up the nation during their residence in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm He led them out of it.|
|RF ACT 13:18||And for the space of about forty years He endured their behaviour in the desert.|
|RF ACT 13:19||Afterwards, when He had conquered seven nations in the land of Canaan, He entrusted them with the possession of their country|
|RF ACT 13:20||for about four hundred and fifty years; and, contemporary with these events, He gave judges until the end of Samuel the prophet.|
|RF ACT 13:21||And when they demanded a kingdom, then God gave them Saul, the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the period of forty years.|
|RF ACT 13:22||And when He had removed him, He raised up David for them into the kingdom; and, giving evidence about him, He said, DAVID THE SON OF JESSE I HAVE FOUND A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL EXECUTE ALL My PURPOSES.[1 Sam 13.14]|
|RF ACT 13:23||From his race God has, according to promise, brought to Israel a Saviour—Jesus;|
|RF ACT 13:24||John, having to introduce His appearance, proclaimed beforehand a baptism for conversion to all the people of Israel.|
|RF ACT 13:25||And as John was completing his mission, he said, 'What do you suppose me to be? Not I AM; but, on the contrary, there fellows me One, the shoes of Whose feet I am not worthy to unfasten.'|
|RF ACT 13:26||"Men, brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and those among you who reverence God, to us the message of this salvation is sent;|
|RF ACT 13:27||for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and their rulers, ignoring this, and the voices of the prophets read every Sabbath, have fulfilled it by condemning Him;|
|RF ACT 13:28||and of Pilate, who found no capital crime, they demanded that He should be executed.|
|RF ACT 13:29||But when they had completed all that had been written about Him, taking Him down from the tree, they placed Him in a tomb.|
|RF ACT 13:30||But God raised Him from the dead;|
|RF ACT 13:31||and upon several days He appeared to those who accompanied Him from Galilee to Jerusalem—those who now are witnesses for Him to the nation.|
|RF ACT 13:32||And we are announcing to you the good news that God, having raised up Jesus,|
|RF ACT 13:33|| by that event has fulfilled to us—their children—the promise made to our fathers; as also it is written in the second Psalm,
You ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN You. 1
|RF ACT 13:34||"But further, having raised Him from the dead, He will no more return to dissolution; as He said, THAT I WILL GIVE to You THE ASSURED BLESSINGS OF DAVID. 2|
|RF ACT 13:35||And He also says elsewhere, You WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR GIFTED ONE TO SEE DISSOLUTION. 3|
|RF ACT 13:36||"Now David, indeed, in his own generation, having laboured under the instruction of God, slept, and was added to his forefathers, and saw dissolution;|
|RF ACT 13:37||but this One Whom God raised up saw no dissolution.|
|RF ACT 13:38||Therefore, be it known to you, men, brothers, that through Him release from sins is announced to you;|
|RF ACT 13:39||and from all those things from which you were not able to be acquitted by the law of Moses, every believer in Him will be acquitted.|
|RF ACT 13:40||"Take cage therefore that you do not bring upon yourselves the declaration in the prophets:|
|RF ACT 13:41||ATTEND, YOU OPPONENTS! AND WONDER AND VANISH; FOR I WILL DO A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE, IF ONE SHOULD DISPLAY IT TO YOU! " 4|
|RF ACT 13:42||When they went out, they were requested to have those matters related to them in the time intervening between the next Sabbath.|
|RF ACT 13:43||But when the assembly broke up, many of the Jews and pious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, addressing them, entreated them to adhere to the gift of God.|
|RF ACT 13:44|| The Jews Reject the Gospel.
Then on the Sabbath following, nearly the whole town collected to hear the message of God.
|RF ACT 13:45||But the Jews, seeing the crowds, were filled with rage, and sneeringly contradicted the statements of Paul.|
|RF ACT 13:46||Consequently speaking out with perfect freedom, Paul and Barnabas said: "It was necessary that the message of God should first of all be delivered to you; but since you reject it, and do not consider yourselves worthy of that eternal life, we will now turn to the Gentiles;|
|RF ACT 13:47||for thus the Lord commanded us: I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE HEATHEN, THAT YOU SHOULD CARRY SALVATION TO THE BOUNDS OF THE EARTH."5|
|RF ACT 13:48||When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and praised the message of God; and whoever were disciplined for eternal life believed.|
|RF ACT 13:49||The message of the Lord then spread through out the whole of the district.|
|RF ACT 13:50||But the Jews incensed the pious women of rank, as well as the principal men of the town; and raising a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, they expelled them from their boundaries.|
|RF ACT 13:51||So, shaking the dust off their feet against them, they proceeded to Iconium.|
|RF ACT 13:52|| And the disciples were filled with delight and with the Holy Spirit.
1 Psa 2.7
2 Isa lv 3
3 Psa xvi 10
4 Hab 1.5
5 Isa xlix 6