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 28:1||
|RF ACT 28:2||And the foreigners treated us with no ordinary kindness; for, lighting a fire, they attended to all of us in difficulty through the drenching rain, and the cold.|
|RF ACT 28:3||Paul then collected a bundle of sticks, and having heaped them upon the fire, a viper escaping from the heat, caught hold of his hand.|
|RF ACT 28:4||The foreigners then seeing the reptile hanging from his hand, remarked to one another, "There is no doubt that this man is a murderer; who, although he has escaped the sea, still Justice will not allow him to live!"|
|RF ACT 28:5||Shaking off the reptile into the fire, however, he took no harm.|
|RF ACT 28:6||And expecting that he would swell up, or suddenly drop down dead, they waited in suspense for a considerable time; but observing nothing unusual happen to him, they then changed their minds, and declared him to be a god.|
|RF ACT 28:7||Now in the neighborhood of that spot was situated the estate of the chief of the island, a man named Publius, who welcomed us, and entertained us for three days with great kindness.|
|RF ACT 28:8||And it so happened that the father of Publius was lying prostrated with an attack of fever and dysentery. Paul accordingly went in to him, and praying, placed his hands upon him, and cured him.|
|RF ACT 28:9||But when this was done, the others in the island who were afflicted with diseases also came and were cured.|
|RF ACT 28:10||They also honoured us in many ways; and on our departure, they provided for us On board everything that we needed.|
|RF ACT 28:11|| Arrival at Rome.
Three months having elapsed, we is then embarked in an Alexandrian vessel, which had wintered in the island, the name of which was the Twin Brothers.
|RF ACT 28:12||Landing then at Syracuse, we remained there for three days;|
|RF ACT 28:13||but sailing round from there in a contrary wind, we arrived at Rhegium. Lying there for one day, a southern wind sprang up; so sailing on the second day, we arrived at Puteoli.|
|RF ACT 28:14||Here we found brethren, who prevailed upon us to stay with them for seven days. We then proceeded to Rome.|
|RF ACT 28:15||There, too, the brethren, having heard about us, came out to meet us as far as the Market of Appius, and the Three Taverns; and Paul, having seen them, thanked God, and took heart.|
|RF ACT 28:16||But when we arrived in Rome, the Captain delivered the prisoners to the Commander-in-chief; but Paul was permitted to live by himself, with the soldier attending him, outside the garrison.|
|RF ACT 28:17|| An Interview with the Judeans.
Three days afterwards, he invited the principal men among the Judeans; and when they had assembled, he said to them: "Men, brothers, although I have done nothing in opposition to the people, or to the customs of our forefathers, I have nevertheless been committed as a prisoner from Jerusalem to the hands of the Romans;
|RF ACT 28:18||who, after examination, desired to discharge me, because they found me guilty of no capital crime.|
|RF ACT 28:19||But when the Judean opposed it, I was obliged to appeal to the Emperor; not, however, because I had any charge to bring against my nation.|
|RF ACT 28:20||This therefore is the reason why I have invited you to see me and converse together; because it is for the sake of the Hope of Israel that I am branded with this chain."|
|RF ACT 28:21||"We neither received from Judea letters concerning you, "they answered him, "nor have any of the brethren arriving reported or spoken anything bad about you.|
|RF ACT 28:22||But we would like to hear from yourself what you really think; for, respecting this sect, we well know that it is everywhere condemned."|
|RF ACT 28:23||Having accordingly appointed a day with him, a good many of them visited him at his lodgings; to whom he explained the evidence of the Kingdom of God, and persuaded them about Jesus, both from the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning until evening.|
|RF ACT 28:24||And some, indeed, were persuaded by his reasoning, and they believed;|
|RF ACT 28:25||but others not in accord with one another went away; Paul uttering one remark: "That the Holy Spirit certainly spoke well to your forefathers through Isaiah the prophet,|
|RF ACT 28:26||saying: GO YOU TO THIS PEOPLE, AND SAY: HEARING, YOU SHALL LISTEN, AND SHALL NEVER UNDERSTAND; AND SEEING, YOU SHALL SEE, AND NEVER PERCEIVE:|
|RF ACT 28:27||FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME CORRUPT; THE HEARING OF THEIR EARS HAS BECOME DULL; WHILE THEY HAVE SHUT THEIR EYES: LEST THEY SHOULD PERCEIVE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND SHOULD TURN BACK, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM. 1|
|RF ACT 28:28||"Let it therefore be known to you that this salvation from God has been sent to the heathen; and they will hear it."|
|RF ACT 28:29||[And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves. KJV]2|
|RF ACT 28:30||For two whole years afterwards he remained in his own hired residence, welcoming all who went to him,|
|RF ACT 28:31|| proclaiming the Kingdom of God, and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with unlimited freedom.
1. Isa. 6.9-10
2. All the most ancient MSS. omit verse 29. Note.—This eloquent history of a part of St. Paul's life, written by his cousin and Physician, St. Luke, under his own supervision, was left unfinished, probably by his execution and martyrdom. By this we have lost the record of his Evangelization of Western Europe,—which would have been the most interesting part to us.—F.F.