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 24:1||
|RF ACT 24:2||And on his being summoned, Tertullus opened for the prosecution, saying: "Seeing that under you we enjoy much tranquility, and that, through your foresight, this nation prospers|
|RF ACT 24:3||always and everywhere, we accept it, most noble Felix, with hearty thankfulness.|
|RF ACT 24:4||Without troubling you with further preface, however, I beg you to listen to us briefly with your usual kindness;|
|RF ACT 24:5||because we have found this fellow a perfect pest, an organizer of insurrection among the whole of the Jews throughout the empire, as well as a ringleader of the heresy of the Nazarenes:|
|RF ACT 24:6||who, moreover, actually attempted to profane the temple. So we apprehended him; and we wished to try him according to our own law:—|
|RF ACT 24:7||but the General Lysias intervening with great violence, took him out of our hands,|
|RF ACT 24:8||ordering his prosecutors to appear before you. Now, therefore, you will be able, by personally examining, to ascertain about all those things of which we accuse him."|
|RF ACT 24:9||The Jews also corroborated the charges, affirming their accuracy.|
|RF ACT 24:10|| Pauls First Defence.
On the Governor then motioning him to speak, Paul said: "Knowing, as I do, that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I answer all the more confidently for myself the charges which have been brought against me.
|RF ACT 24:11||It can be proved to you, that not more than twelve days have elapsed since I went up to Jerusalem to worship;|
|RF ACT 24:12||and neither in the temple did they find me courting discussion with any one, nor creating a disturbance, either in the synagogues, or in the city.|
|RF ACT 24:13||Neither are they able to prove to you what they now charge against me.|
|RF ACT 24:14||But I do admit this to you, that according to the Way, which they term a heresy, I worship the God of my fathers; believing in everything written in the law and in the prophets;|
|RF ACT 24:15||having this hope in God, which they themselves also expect, that there will be a resurrection both of the just and unjust.|
|RF ACT 24:16||On this account I especially exert myself to have at all times a clear conscience toward God and man in everything.|
|RF ACT 24:17||Now, after many years, I came bringing presents to the poor of my nation, as well as sacrifices;|
|RF ACT 24:18||doing which there found me certain Asiatic Judeans, while I purified myself in the temple—not with a crowd, nor with commotion.|
|RF ACT 24:19||Those ought to have been here to prosecute me before you—if indeed they had anything against me.|
|RF ACT 24:20||Or let these now present declare what fault they found in me when brought up before the senate;|
|RF ACT 24:21||unless it be this one exclamation, which, standing in their midst, I cried out, ' It is concerning the resurrection from the dead that I am accused this day before you."|
|RF ACT 24:22||Felix, knowing quite well about the doctrine, then adjourned the hearing, saying: "When General Lysias comes down, I will decide your case."|
|RF ACT 24:23||He also directed the captain who attended to Paul, to allow him out on parole, and to prevent none of his friends from visiting him.|
|RF ACT 24:24|| Paul's Interview with Felix and his Wife.
But after some days, Felix, at the request of his wife, Drusilla, who was a Jewess, sent for Paul, and listened to him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus.
|RF ACT 24:25||But when he discoursed about justice, self-control, and of the future Judgment, Felix, becoming terrified, interrupted with: "Go away for the present; and when I have an opportunity I will send for you again."|
|RF ACT 24:26||He hoped as well that Paul would give him money; for which reason he also sent for him the more frequently to converse with him.|
|RF ACT 24:27||After the lapse of two years, however, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and Felix, desiring to ingratiate himself with the Jews, left Paul a prisoner.|