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 2:1||
Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Given.
|RF ACT 2:2||when, suddenly, a sound was heard from the sky, similar to that of a very violent tempest-blast, filling the whole house in which they were seated.|
|RF ACT 2:3||And they saw distributed to themselves fiery tongues, which settled upon every one of them.|
|RF ACT 2:4||And they were all filled with Holy Spirit; and began to speak in foreign languages, as the Spirit endowed them with clear expression.|
|RF ACT 2:5||There were then staying in Jerusalem devout Jews from every nation under heaven.|
|RF ACT 2:6||And when this sound was heard, the crowd collected and were astonished, because each one heard them speaking his own peculiar dialect.|
|RF ACT 2:7||And they were delighted, and wondered, saying," Why, are not all these speakers Galileans?|
|RF ACT 2:8||How, then, do we each hear our own peculiar dialect in which we were born?|
|RF ACT 2:9||Parthians, Medes, Elamites, the inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,|
|RF ACT 2:10||Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the neighborhood of Libya about Cyrene, as well as Roman visitors, both Jews and converts,|
|RF ACT 2:11||Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speaking in our own languages the marvellous acts of God."|
|RF ACT 2:12||So they were all enraptured and puzzled, asking one another: "What can this mean?"|
|RF ACT 2:13||Others, however, scoffingly declared: "They are simply drunk with sweet wine."|
|RF ACT 2:14|| Peter's Discourse.
Peter, however, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and spoke out to them as follows: "Judeans, and all men residing in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and mark my assertions;
|RF ACT 2:15||for these are not, drunkards, as you imagine, seeing it is now but nine o'clock in the morning.|
|RF ACT 2:16||But, on the contrary, this is what was said through the prophet Joel:|
|RF ACT 2:17||AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LATTER DAYS, GOD SAYS, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL PREACH, AND YOUR YOUTHS WILL SEE VISIONS; AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS.|
|RF ACT 2:18||YES, INDEED, UPON MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THOSE DAYS WILL I POUR OUT FROM MY SPIRIT; AND THEY SHALL PROCLAIM IT.|
|RF ACT 2:19||AND I WILL SEND MARVELS FROM THE SKY ABOVE, AND SIGNS FROM THE EARTH BELOW; BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND SMOKING VAPOUR.|
|RF ACT 2:20||THE SUN SHALL BE TRANSFORMED TO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON TO BLOOD, BEFORE THE COMING OF THE DAY OF THE LORD, THAT GREAT AND DAZZLING DAY;|
|RF ACT 2:21|| AND THEN ALL CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.1
1. Joel 2:28-32
|RF ACT 2:22||"Men of Israel! listen to these statements: Jesus the Nazarene, a Man pointed out as from God by powers, and wonders, and signs, which God did through Him amongst you, even as you yourselves know;|
|RF ACT 2:23||having betrayed, you murdered Him by crucifixion through lawless hands, in accordance with the settled purpose and foreknowledge of God.|
|RF ACT 2:24||God, however, has raised Him up, having liberated from the grip of Death; because it was not possible that He should be mastered by him.|
|RF ACT 2:25||For David said concerning Him: I HAVE AT ALL TIMES SEEN THE LORD IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS UPON MY RIGHT, SO THAT I MAY NOT STUMBLE;|
|RF ACT 2:26||MY HEART THEREFORE REJOICED, AND MY TONGUE EXULTED. MY BODY, MOREOVER, RESTED IN HOPE;|
|RF ACT 2:27||BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT LEAVE MY SOUL IN THE LAND OF SPIRITS, NOR WILL YOU ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION.|
|RF ACT 2:28||YOU HAVE INSTRUCTED ME IN THE PATHS OF LIFE; YOU HAVE ENRAPTURED ME WITH YOUR OWN PRESENCE. 1|
|RF ACT 2:29||"Men, brothers! it is necessary to speak to you with freedom about the patriarch David; because he died, and was buried, and his tomb is among us until the present time.|
|RF ACT 2:30||Being, however, a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn to him with an oath, that from the fruit of his body One should be seated upon his throne,|
|RF ACT 2:31||he, foreseeing, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah, that He was neither left in the land of spirits, nor did His body see corruption.|
|RF ACT 2:32||"God has raised Him, Jesus, of which we all are witnesses.|
|RF ACT 2:33||Having also been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, He has conferred this, which you now see and hear.|
|RF ACT 2:34||For David has not ascended into the heavens; but he himself says: THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, BE SEATED AT MY RIGHT,|
|RF ACT 2:35||UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET. 2|
|RF ACT 2:36|| "Let the whole house of Israel therefore know most certainly, that God has made this Jesus, Whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah."
1. Psa 16:8
2 Psa 110:1
|RF ACT 2:37|| The Effect of the Discourse.
Now on hearing it, they were stung to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men, brothers, what shall we do?"
|RF ACT 2:38||But Peter said to them: "Change your minds and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for a release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.|
|RF ACT 2:39||Because the promise is for you, and for your children, and to all afar off, whoever the Lord our God may call."|
|RF ACT 2:40||And with many other reasons he persuaded, —bore witness, and comforted them, saying: "Save yourselves from this perverse generation!"—|
|RF ACT 2:41||Then those who accepted his statement were baptized; and that very day there were added about three thousand souls.|
|RF ACT 2:42||And they attended to the teaching of the apostles, and to the fellowship; to the breaking of the bread; and to the prayers.|
|RF ACT 2:43||Dread then took possession of every soul, numerous wonders and signs being performed by means of the apostles.|
|RF ACT 2:44||And all the believers were united, and formed an organized Community;|
|RF ACT 2:45||and selling their estates and possessions, they distributed to all, according to the needs of each.|
|RF ACT 2:46||And they assembled daily in harmony in the temple, taking, however, their meals at home; partaking of their food with gladness, combined with humility of heart;|
|RF ACT 2:47||praising God, and enjoying the respect of all the people. And the Lord united to them daily those who were for salvation.|