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 27:1||
The Voyage to Rome.
|RF ACT 27:2||And embarking in an Adramyttium vessel, which was about to sail to some ports along the coast of Asia. Minor, we weighed anchor, taking with us Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.|
|RF ACT 27:3||We accordingly arrived at Sidon upon the following day, when Julius, treating Paul with much consideration, granted him permission to visit his friends to enjoy their attentions.|
|RF ACT 27:4||Proceeding then from there, we sailed, on account of the adverse winds, under the lee of Cyprus.|
|RF ACT 27:5||And steering across the open sea towards Cilicia and Pamphylia, we arrived at Myra of Lycia,|
|RF ACT 27:6||where the Captain found an Alexandrian vessel sailing for Italy; and to her he transferred us.|
|RF ACT 27:7||For several days, however, we made but little progress, and with difficulty fetching Cnidus, the wind not favoring us, we tacked under the lee of Crete, towards Salmone;|
|RF ACT 27:8||and, coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a port called the Fair Havens, near which was the town of Lasea.|
|RF ACT 27:9||After considerable delay there, and the voyage having become dangerous, Paul, owing to the fact that the time of the festival was already past,|
|RF ACT 27:10||said to them, "Men, I perceive that the voyage is likely to be attended with disaster, and considerable loss, not only of the cargo of the vessel, but also to our lives."|
|RF ACT 27:11||The Captain, however, paid more attention to the pilot and the commander of the ship than he did to what was said by Paul.|
|RF ACT 27:12||As, moreover, the harbor was not commodious enough for wintering purposes, the officers, having held a consultation, decided to sail from there; so that, for wintering, they might attempt at all hazards to reach Phenice, a harbor of Crete, facing towards the north-west of Libia.|
|RF ACT 27:13|| The Storm and Shipwreck.
Under the impression, then, that they could accomplish their object, as the south wind was blowing gently, they coasted Crete, hugging the shore.
|RF ACT 27:14||Not long after, however, they were overtaken by a typhoon wind, called "Earoclydon," the northeast breaker.|
|RF ACT 27:15||The vessel being thus caught, and enable to face the wind, we gave way, and scudded.|
|RF ACT 27:16||Running then under the shelter of an island called Claude, we were able to secure the boat with some difficulty;|
|RF ACT 27:17||and when they had hoisted it, they proceeded to strengthen the ship by vain-braces. Afraid, also, that they would be caught in the Syrtis,1 lowering the top-masts, they thus drifted along.|
|RF ACT 27:18||And battling as they were with the storm, they began on the following day to throw the cargo overboard;|
|RF ACT 27:19||and on the third day, with their own hands, they threw out the furniture from the ship.|
|RF ACT 27:20||Then when neither sun nor stars were to be seen for several days, and the storm still raged around with fury, we abandoned all hope of being saved.|
|RF ACT 27:21||Being also upon the verge of starvation, Paul, taking his stand among them, said: "You ought, men, to have been persuaded by me, and not to have sailed from Crete, to incur this damage and misery.|
|RF ACT 27:22||Still, on the other hand, I even now advise you to take courage: for there will be no loss of life among you, but merely of the ship;|
|RF ACT 27:23||because an angel from that God, Whose I am, and Whom I serve, this very night stood beside me,|
|RF ACT 27:24||saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul! It is necessary for you to appear before the Emperor; yes, and God has presented to you all those who sail with you.'|
|RF ACT 27:25||Therefore, mates, cheer up! because I believe God, that the result will be just as He has told me. It is necessary for us,|
|RF ACT 27:26||however, to be wrecked upon some island."|
|RF ACT 27:27||About midnight of the fourteenth night, during which we had been tossed about in the Adria, the sailors imagined that they were approaching land of some kind;|
|RF ACT 27:28||and sounding, they found a depth of twenty fathoms. And sounding again a little later, they found fifteen fathoms.|
|RF ACT 27:29||Afraid, then, that we should be stranded upon rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern, and longed for day-break.|
|RF ACT 27:30||Then, as the sailors were intending to forsake the ship, and were in the act of lowering the boat into the sea, under the pretence of carrying anchors from the prow,|
|RF ACT 27:31|| Paul said to the Captain and to the soldiers, "these remain in the ship, you cannot be saved."
1 Unless A dangerous range of quicksand's off Tripoli, in North Africa.—F.F.
|RF ACT 27:32||The soldiers accordingly cut the ropes of the boat, allowing her to drift off.|
|RF ACT 27:33||Then, until the day should come, Paul invited all of them to take some food, remarking, "This is today the fourteenth day you have been in anxiety without regular rations, none having been served out.|
|RF ACT 27:34||I invite you, therefore, to serve out food; because that will contribute to your safety: for not a single hair shall perish from one of your heads."|
|RF ACT 27:35||Having said this, and taking a biscuit, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and breaking it, he began to eat.|
|RF ACT 27:36||Their courage then reviving, they also provided a meal for themselves.|
|RF ACT 27:37||And we were, all told, two hundred and seventy-six lives in the ship.|
|RF ACT 27:38||Being then satisfied with the meal, they proceeded to lighten the ship by throwing the wheat overboard.|
|RF ACT 27:39||When the day dawned, however, they could not distinguish the land; but observing a bay with a sandy shore, they consulted whether it would be possible to beach the vessel upon it.|
|RF ACT 27:40||So letting the anchors go in the sea, loosening at the same time the lashings of the rudders, and hoisting the foresail to the breeze, they made for the shore.|
|RF ACT 27:41||But, whirling into the breakers, the ship grounded; and the stem having bilged, stuck fast, while the stern was washed over by the breakers.|
|RF ACT 27:42||The soldiers then resolved to kill the prisoners, being afraid that they would escape by swimming.|
|RF ACT 27:43||But the Captain, anxious to save Paul, prohibited their intention, and gave orders that those who were able to swim should first throw themselves overboard to reach the shore;|
|RF ACT 27:44||and that the rest should follow, some on planks, and some on fragments from the ship. And thus all escaped safely to the land.|