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.
|MFT ACT 19:1||
It was when Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, after passing through the inland districts, came down to Ephesus. There he found some disciples,
|MFT ACT 19:2||whom he asked, "Did you receive the holy Spirit when you believed?" "No," they said, "we never even heard of its existence."|
|MFT ACT 19:3||"Then," said he, "what were you baptized in?" "In John's baptism," they replied.|
|MFT ACT 19:4||"John," said Paul, "baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus."|
|MFT ACT 19:5||When they heard this, they had themselves baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus,|
|MFT ACT 19:6||and after Paul laid his hands on them the holy Spirit came upon them, they spoke with 'tongues' and prophesied.|
|MFT ACT 19:7||They numbered all together about twelve men.|
|MFT ACT 19:8||Then Paul entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out fearlessly, arguing and persuading people about the Reign of God.|
|MFT ACT 19:9||But as some grew stubborn and disobedient, decrying the Way in presence of the multitude, he left them, withdrew the disciples, and continued his argument every day from eleven to four in the lecture-room of Tyrannus.|
|MFT ACT 19:10||This went on for two years, so that all the inhabitants of Asia, Jews as well as Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.|
|MFT ACT 19:11||God also worked no ordinary miracles by means of Paul;|
|MFT ACT 19:12||people even carried away towels or aprons he had used, and at their touch sick folk were freed from their diseases and evil spirits came out of them.|
|MFT ACT 19:13||Some strolling Jewish exorcists also undertook to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches!"|
|MFT ACT 19:14||The seven sons of Sceuas, a Jewish high priest, used to do this.|
|MFT ACT 19:15||But the evil spirit retorted, "Jesus I know and Paul I know, but you — who are you?"|
|MFT ACT 19:16||And the man in whom the evil spirit resided leapt at them, overpowered them all, and belaboured them, till they rushed out of the house stripped and wounded.|
|MFT ACT 19:17||This came to the ears of all the inhabitants of Ephesus, Jews as well as Greeks; awe fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.|
|MFT ACT 19:18||Many believers would also come to confess and disclose their magic spells;|
|MFT ACT 19:19||and numbers who had practised magic arts collected their books and burned them in the presence of all. On adding up the value of them, it was found that they were worth two thousand pounds.|
|MFT ACT 19:20||Thus did the word of the Lord increase and prevail mightily.|
|MFT ACT 19:21||After these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to travel through Macedonia and Achaia on his way to Jerusalem. "After I get there," he said, "I must also visit Rome."|
|MFT ACT 19:22||So he despatched two of his assistants to Macedonia, Timotheus and Erastus, while he himself stayed on awhile in Asia.|
|MFT ACT 19:23||It was about that time that a great commotion arose over the Way. This was how it happened.|
|MFT ACT 19:24||By making silver shrines of Artemis a silversmith called Demetrius was the means of bringing rich profit to his workmen.|
|MFT ACT 19:25||So he got them together, along with the workmen who belonged to similar trades, and said to them: "My men, you know this trade is the source of our wealth.|
|MFT ACT 19:26||You also see and hear that not only at Ephesus but almost all over Asia this fellow Paul has drawn off a considerable number of people by his persuasions. He declares that hand-made gods are not gods at all.|
|MFT ACT 19:27||Now the danger is not only that we will have our trade discredited but that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will fall into contempt and that she will be degraded from her majestic glory, she whom all Asia and the wide world worship."|
|MFT ACT 19:28||When they heard this they were filled with rage and raised the cry, "Great is Artemis of Ephesus!"|
|MFT ACT 19:29||So the city was filled with confusion. They rushed like one man into the amphitheatre, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were travelling with Paul.|
|MFT ACT 19:30||(Paul wanted to enter the popular assembly, but the disciples would not allow him.|
|MFT ACT 19:31||Some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, also sent to beg him not to venture into the amphitheatre.)|
|MFT ACT 19:32||Some were shouting one thing, some another; for the assembly was in confusion, and the majority had no idea why they had met.|
|MFT ACT 19:33||Some of the mob concluded it must be Alexander, as the Jews pushed him to the front. So Alexander, motioning with his hand, wanted to defend himself before the people;|
|MFT ACT 19:34||but when they discovered he was a Jew, a roar broke from them all, and for about two hours they shouted, "Great is Artemis of Ephesus! Great is Artemis of Ephesus!"|
|MFT ACT 19:35||The secretary of state then got the mob calmed down, and said to them, "Men of Ephesus, who on earth does not know that the city of Ephesus is Warden of the temple of the great Artemis and of the statue that fell from heaven?|
|MFT ACT 19:36||All this is beyond question. So you should keep calm and do nothing reckless.|
|MFT ACT 19:37||Instead of that, you have brought these men here who are guilty neither of sacrilege nor of blasphemy against our goddess.|
|MFT ACT 19:38||If Demetrius and his fellow tradesmen have a grievance against anybody, let both parties state their charges; assizes are held and there are always the proconsuls.|
|MFT ACT 19:39||Any wider claim must be settled in the legal assembly of the citizens.|
|MFT ACT 19:40||Indeed there is a danger of our being charged with riot over to-day's meeting; there is not a single reason we can give for this disorderly gathering."|
|MFT ACT 19:41||With these words he dismissed the assembly.|