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 16:1||
Paul and Timothy.
|RF ACT 16:2||who was well recommended by the brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium.|
|RF ACT 16:3||Paul, being anxious that he should accompany him, took and circumcised him out of respect to the Jews resident in these places; because they all knew that his father was a Greek.|
|RF ACT 16:4||And as they travelled through the towns they delivered into their custody the decrees which had been agreed upon by the apostles and the elders who were in Jerusalem.|
|RF ACT 16:5||The assemblies were accordingly strengthened in the faith, and the number daily increased.|
|RF ACT 16:6||They next went through the districts of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to deliver the message in Asia Minor.|
|RF ACT 16:7||Coming down to Mysia, however, they attempted to proceed to Bithynia; but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.|
|RF ACT 16:8||Then, having passed by Mysia, they went down to Troas.|
|RF ACT 16:9||And during the night, a vision appeared to Paul, that of a man, a Macedonian, who stood imploring him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia, and help us!"|
|RF ACT 16:10|| Paul Visits Europe.
Accordingly, having seen this vision, we at once attempted to proceed to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us forward to evangelize them.
|RF ACT 16:11|| The Conversion of Lydia.
Setting sail therefore from Troas, we steered straight to Samothracia, and the day following to Neapolis;
|RF ACT 16:12||and from there to Philippi, which is a capital of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we rested for some days in the town itself.|
|RF ACT 16:13|| On the Sabbath day, however, we went outside the gate, along a river side, where we were informed prayer was to be; and having sat down, we spoke to the women who were assembled.
Chap. 16 v. 10. Note.—Here I believe the united mission of Paul and his cousin, and physician, Luke, begins.
|RF ACT 16:14||And a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, of the town of Thyatira, and a worshipper of God, was a listener; the heart of whom the Lord Opened to attend to what was said by Paul.|
|RF ACT 16:15||Then when she had been baptized, as well as her family, she invited us, saying, "If you consider me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my house." And she prevailed upon us.|
|RF ACT 16:16|| The Slave Girl and Her Masters.
And it happened, as we were proceeding to the place for prayer, that a girl who was possessed by a spirit of divination met us, who procured considerable profit for her masters by fortune telling;
|RF ACT 16:17||and following Paul and us, she shrieked out, exclaiming, "These men are servants of the highest God, who proclaim to you a path of salvation."|
|RF ACT 16:18||And she did this on many occasions. "Paul accordingly being annoyed by it, turning round, he said to the spirit, "By the power of Jesus Christ, I order you to come out of her." And it left her that very hour.|
|RF ACT 16:19|| Paul and Silas Scourged and Imprisoned.
But her masters, seeing that they had lost the hope of their profits, arresting Paul and Silas, dragged them off to the market place before the authorities;
|RF ACT 16:20||and bringing them to the Generals, they said, "These men, being Jews, greatly disturb our town,|
|RF ACT 16:21||and proclaim a religion which it is illegal for us, being Romans, to accept, or to practice."|
|RF ACT 16:22||And the mob siding with them, the Generals tore off their robes, and ordered them to be flogged.|
|RF ACT 16:23||Then, after lashing them severely, they flung them into prison, instructing the jailor to keep them securely;|
|RF ACT 16:24||who, having received such an order, threw them into the inner dungeon, and secured their feet in the stocks.|
|RF ACT 16:25|| Conversion of the Jailer.
About midnight, however, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God; and the prisoners were listening to them.
|RF ACT 16:26||When suddenly there was a violent earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and all the doors at once flew open, while every one was freed from his bonds.|
|RF ACT 16:27||The warder being accordingly roused from his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, seized his sword, and was about to kill himself, concluding that the prisoners had made their escape.|
|RF ACT 16:28||But Paul shouted, saying, "Do yourself no harm; for we are all here!"|
|RF ACT 16:29||Demanding then a light, he rushed in, and seized with a tremor, he fell before Paul and Silas,|
|RF ACT 16:30||and conducting them out, he asked, "O sirs, what must I do so that I may save myself?"|
|RF ACT 16:31||And they replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your family shall be saved."|
|RF ACT 16:32||And they delivered the message of the Lord to him, with all those in his family.|
|RF ACT 16:33||Taking them out then at that hour of the night, he washed their wounds; and was himself baptized without delay, as well as all his family.|
|RF ACT 16:34||He also took them to his house, and spread a table before them; and, believing in God together with all his family, he was transported with joy.|
|RF ACT 16:35|| Released From Prison.
When the day dawned, however, the Generals sent instructions to the officers to " Liberate these men."
|RF ACT 16:36||The warder accordingly reported these words to Paul, saying: "The Generals have ordered you to be liberated; therefore come out, and depart quietly."|
|RF ACT 16:37||But Paul replied to them, "Having flogged us—who are Roman citizens—publicly, and without trial, and having thrown us into prison, would they now send us away privately? Certainly not! But instead let them come themselves, and conduct us out."|
|RF ACT 16:38||The Sergeants accordingly reported these words to the Generals, who on learning that they were Romans, became terrified.|
|RF ACT 16:39||So they came apologizing; and conducting them out, requested them to leave the town.|
|RF ACT 16:40||Being thus liberated from custody, they entered the house of Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they consoled them, and departed.|