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 23:1||
Paul Before the Senate.
|RF ACT 23:2||The High Priest, Ananias, interposing, ordered the officers standing near him to strike him on the mouth.|
|RF ACT 23:3||"God will strike you, you white-washed wall! " exclaimed Paul, in reply to him. " Do you sit to try me in accordance with the law, and in defiance of the law order me to be struck?"|
|RF ACT 23:4||The attendants, standing by, exclaimed, "How dare you abuse the High Priest of God?' '|
|RF ACT 23:5||"I do not know, brothers, that he is High Priest: for it is written, YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK ILL OF THE PRINCE OF YOUR PEOPLE."2|
|RF ACT 23:6||Paul, perceiving, however, that one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, shouted out to the senate: "Men! Brothers! I am myself a Pharisee! a son of Pharisees! it is concerning a hope and resurrection from the dead that I am indicted!"|
|RF ACT 23:7||So when he had said this, a split occurred between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.|
|RF ACT 23:8||For the Sadducees hold that there is no rising again, neither is there angel or spirit; but the Pharisees, on the other hand, acknowledge both.|
|RF ACT 23:9||Consequently a great uproar ensued; and some of the professors, who were Pharisees, stood up in opposition and declared, "We can find nothing wrong against this man; but if a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel."|
|RF ACT 23:10||Then a great disturbance arose, and the Commandant being afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered the troops to go down and forcibly take him from among them, and conduct him into the fortress.|
|RF ACT 23:11|| The Divine Promise to Paul.
During the following night, however, the Lord stood beside him, and said, 'Take courage! for as you have given evidence concerning Me at Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."
|RF ACT 23:12|| Conspiracy to Murder Paul.
But when day came, the Jews conspired, invoking a curse upon themselves, declaring that they would neither eat nor drink until they had murdered Paul.
|RF ACT 23:13||And there were more than forty who made this conspiracy.|
|RF ACT 23:14||These, coming to the chief priests and senators, said: "Cursing, we have invoked a curse upon ourselves, to taste nothing until we have assassinated Paul.|
|RF ACT 23:15||Now, therefore, you yourselves, with the senate, intimate to the Commandant to bring him down to you, as if you desired to examine his case with greater accuracy; for we are ready to kill him before his arrival."|
|RF ACT 23:16||But Paul's nephew, hearing of the conspiracy, went and entered the fortress, and reported it to Paul.|
|RF ACT 23:17||Paul accordingly spoke to one of the captains, and said, "Conduct this gentleman to the Commandant, for he has something to tell him."|
|RF ACT 23:18||He accordingly took him and conducted him to the Commandant, and said, The prisoner Paul, having called me to him, desired me to bring this gentleman to you, as he has something to say to you."|
|RF ACT 23:19||The Commandant, then shaking his hand and taking him to his private apartment, inquired, "What is it that you have to report to me?"|
|RF ACT 23:20||When he said, "The Jews have decided to ask you in the morning to bring down Paul to the senate, as wishing to inquire with greater accuracy something about him.|
|RF ACT 23:21||But do not be persuaded by them; for more than forty men of them lie in ambush, who have invoked a curse upon themselves to neither eat nor drink until they have murdered him; and they are even now ready, under the impression that they will receive a favorable reply from you."|
|RF ACT 23:22||The Commandant then dismissed the young man, enjoining him to " Be sure and tell no one that you have reported these matters to me."|
|RF ACT 23:23||Summoning then two of the captains, he said, "Get ready two hundred soldiers, seventy cavalry, and two hundred spearmen, to proceed as far as Caesarea, by nine o'clock to-night.|
|RF ACT 23:24||Also provide animals upon which Paul may be conducted in safety to Felix the governor."|
|RF ACT 23:25|| Paul Sent to Caesarea.
He also wrote a dispatch running in this form:
|RF ACT 23:26||"Claudius Lysias, to His Excellency Governor Felix, greeting,"|
|RF ACT 23:27||This man, having been assaulted by the Jews, and almost assassinated by them, I rescued by appearing with the troops, understanding that he was a Roman.|
|RF ACT 23:28||And desiring to know the ground of their accusation against him, I took him down to their senate;|
|RF ACT 23:29||when I discovered that the charge had reference to disputed points of their own law; but he was charged with nothing deserving of death, nor even of imprisonment.|
|RF ACT 23:30||Accordingly, on its coming to my knowledge that they had organized a conspiracy against the man, I have immediately sent him to you; instructing his prosecutors also to state their charge before you. Farewell."|
|RF ACT 23:31||So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul, and conducted him during the night to Antipatris.|
|RF ACT 23:32||But on the following day, they returned to the garrison, leaving the cavalry to proceed with him.|
|RF ACT 23:33||These, on their arrival at Caesarea, delivered the dispatch to the governor, and also presented Paul to him.|
|RF ACT 23:34||Then having read it, he asked to what province he belonged; and learning that he came from Cilicia,|
|RF ACT 23:35|| he remarked, "I will hear your case as soon as your prosecutors make their appearance." He also ordered him to be entertained in the palace of Herod.
2 Exod. 22. 28