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 3:1||
Cure of a Lame Man.
|RF ACT 3:2||And a man, who had been lame from his birth, used to be carried, and placed daily at the door of the temple, called Beautiful, to ask charity from those who entered the temple;|
|RF ACT 3:3||who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked them to give him something.|
|RF ACT 3:4||But Peter, with John, looking intently upon him, said:" Look at us."|
|RF ACT 3:5||He accordingly paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.|
|RF ACT 3:6||Peter, however, said, "Of silver and gold I possess none; but what I have, that I will give you: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!"|
|RF ACT 3:7||And seizing him by the right hand, he lifted him up; and his feet and legs were at once strengthened.|
|RF ACT 3:8||And rising up, he staggered, and began to walk; and entered the temple with them, walking, leaping, and praising God.|
|RF ACT 3:9||And all the people saw him walking and praising God;|
|RF ACT 3:10||and they recognized him to be the same person who had been accustomed to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with astonishment mingled with ecstasy over what had happened to him.|
|RF ACT 3:11|| Peter's Address to the People.
And while he kept fast hold of Peter and John, all the people, being greatly astonished, ran towards them in the portico known as Solomon's.
|RF ACT 3:12||Then Peter, seeing this, thus addressed the people: "Men of Israel: Why are you surprised at this? or why do you stare at us, as if by our own individual power, or active piety, we had enabled this man to walk?|
|RF ACT 3:13||"The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has magnified His Child Jesus; Whom, however, you betrayed and rejected in the presence of Pilate, when be had decided to discharge Him|
|RF ACT 3:14||But you refused the Pure and Righteous, and demanded a man, a murderer, to be granted to you;|
|RF ACT 3:15||while you murdered the Prince of Life, Whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.|
|RF ACT 3:16||And by the faith in His Name, this man whom you see and know, His Name has strengthened; yes, the fait which is through Him, has given to him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.|
|RF ACT 3:17||"And now, brothers, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers;|
|RF ACT 3:18||but what God foretold through the mouth of all the prophets concerning His Suffering Messiah, has thus been accomplished.|
|RF ACT 3:19||Change your minds, however, and turn back towards that which can blot out your sins: so that a period of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;|
|RF ACT 3:20||and that He may send to you the pre-appointed Messiah, Jesus:|
|RF ACT 3:21||Who must take possession of the heaven until the accomplishment of all that God has spoken through the mouth of His holy prophets for ages past.|
|RF ACT 3:22||Moses, indeed, said: YOUR LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU, FROM AMONG YOUR BROTHERS, A PROPHET LIKE ME; LISTEN TO HIM IN ALL THAT HE MAY SAY TO YOU.|
|RF ACT 3:23||AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERY SOUL THAT WILL NOT LISTEN TO THAT PROPHET, SHALL BE EXPELLED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE. 1|
|RF ACT 3:24||And all the prophets, also, from Samuel, and those that succeeded, as many, indeed, as have spoken, have also promised these days.|
|RF ACT 3:25||You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God executed with our forefathers, saying to Abraham: AND BY YOUR HEIR SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED. 2|
|RF ACT 3:26|| God, having raised up His Son, has first sent Him to you, benefiting you, with the object of turning you all from your wickedness."
1 Deut. 18. 15-19
2 Gen. 12. 3; 13. 18