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 17:1||
Persecution at Thessalonica.
|RF ACT 17:2||And Paul, as was his custom, went in among them, and for three Sabbaths discussed with them from the Scriptures,|
|RF ACT 17:3||illustrating and proving that the Messiah must suffer, and rise again from the dead; "and that this Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Messiah."|
|RF ACT 17:4||Some of them accordingly believed, and associated themselves with Paul and Silas; in addition to a considerable number of pious Greeks, and not a few of the women of rank.|
|RF ACT 17:5||But the Judeans becoming furious, secured the assistance of a number of ruffians from the markets, and collecting a mob, they made a riot in the town; and attacking the house of Jason, they endeavored to drag them out to the mob.|
|RF ACT 17:6||Failing to find them, however, they dragged Jason, as well as some of the brothers, before the town councilors, 1 shouting out: "These fellows who have turned the empire upside down, have also appeared here.|
|RF ACT 17:7||Jason has privately protected them; and these fellows, ignoring the decrees of the Emperor, actually assert that there is another king, Jesus."|
|RF ACT 17:8||Then the crowd and the town councilors, on hearing this, cried out in alarm;|
|RF ACT 17:9||and taking bail from Jason and the others, they discharged them.|
|RF ACT 17:10|| Journey to Athens.
So the brethren at once sent both Paul and Silas off to Beroea during the night; and arriving there, they entered the Jewish synagogue.
|RF ACT 17:11||Now these people were better disposed than the Thessalonians; they accepted the message with hearty good-will, examining the Scriptures daily, so as to verify the statements.|
|RF ACT 17:12||Many from among them therefore believed; including Grecian women of rank, as well as not a few of the men.|
|RF ACT 17:13||But when the Judeans of Thessalonica learned that the message of God was also proclaimed by Paul in Berrea, they also came there, inciting and annoying the people.|
|RF ACT 17:14||The brethren accordingly sent Paul immediately off in the direction of the sea; while Silas and Timothy continued there.|
|RF ACT 17:15||But Paul's guides conveyed him as far as Athens; and dispatching a message to Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him as soon as possible, they returned.|
|RF ACT 17:16|| Paul Preaches the Living God at Athens.
While Paul waited for them at Athens, he was grieved in his spirit to see the city devoted to idols.
|RF ACT 17:17|| He accordingly discussed in the synagogue with the Judeans, and with the pious people, as well as every day with those who frequented the market-place.
1 Literally, politarchs, or city fathers.
|RF ACT 17:18||Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also debated with him; and some said, "What would this Thought-sower wish to say?" And others, "He seems to be an introducer of foreign divinities"; because he told them the good news of Jesus and the resurrection.|
|RF ACT 17:19||They accordingly took him, and conducted him to the Hill of Ares (the High Court), saying, "Would it be possible for us to get to know what this new thing, this teaching of which so you speak, might be?|
|RF ACT 17:20||For you have brought some foreign ideas to our ears—we wish therefore to know what is the intention of these?"|
|RF ACT 17:21||For all the Athenians and the foreign residents spent the whole of their leisure in telling and listening to something new.|
|RF ACT 17:22||Paul accordingly taking his stand in the centre of the High Court, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive beyond everything how deeply religious you are,|
|RF ACT 17:23|| for, going about and studying your objects of worship, I even found an altar upon which had been inscribed,
TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
"What, therefore, you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
|RF ACT 17:24||The God, Who made the Universe and all in it, Who, being Himself Lord of heaven and earth, resides not in temples made by hands,|
|RF ACT 17:25||nor is served by the hands of men, as though needing anything: Himself giving to every one life and breath and all things;|
|RF ACT 17:26||because He made by One every race of men to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, having provided proper methods and guides|
|RF ACT 17:27||for their research in seeking God—if only they would feel for and find Him—and in fact He is certainly not far from every one of us;|
|RF ACT 17:28||for from Him we live, and move, and exist; as also some among your own poets have said, "That we originate from Him.'|
|RF ACT 17:29||"Therefore, possessing an origin from God, we ought not to imagine the Divine Nature to be like gold, or silver, or stone, carved by human skill and genius.|
|RF ACT 17:30||God, however, overlooking those periods of ignorance, new calls to all men everywhere to change their mind;|
|RF ACT 17:31||because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world with justice by a Man Whom He has provided, having given the strongest evidence by raising Him from among the dead." 1|
|RF ACT 17:32||The mention of the resurrection of the dead provoked sneering on the part of some; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."|
|RF ACT 17:33||Thus Paul went out from among them.|
|RF ACT 17:34|| Some people, however, believed, and followed him; among whom were Dionysius, the Judge of the High Court, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
1 Note.—The Apostle was not allowed to finish his argument, owing to the contentions of his audience, as he when sitting as judge upon Stephen had interrupted that martyr of the truth, and ordered him to execution. It is remarkable, however, that St. Stephen was the instrument of Paul's conversion, and that St. Paul converted his judge also by this unfinished strain of sublime reasoning.—F.F.