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 4:1||
The Apostles Arrested.
|RF ACT 4:2||being very indignant because they were teaching the people, and announcing in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.|
|RF ACT 4:3||They accordingly arrested them, and took them into custody until the following morning; for it was now evening.|
|RF ACT 4:4||But many of the hearers believed the Message; and their number increased to about five thousand.|
|RF ACT 4:5||Then on the following day, they collected at Jerusalem their own magistrates, elders, and professors,|
|RF ACT 4:6||and Arenas the High Priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, together with as many as were relatives of the High Priest;|
|RF ACT 4:7||and placing them in the centre, they inquired: "By the authority of what power, or by the appointment of whose Name, have you done this?"|
|RF ACT 4:8|| Peter's Address to the Council.
Then Peter, full of Holy Spirit, answered them: "Princes of the people, and elders,
|RF ACT 4:9||since we are today examined concerning a benefit to a feeble man, by what means he has been cured,|
|RF ACT 4:10||let it in be known to you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth—Whom you crucified, Whom God raised from the dead—by means of Him, this man now stands quite well before you.|
|RF ACT 4:11||This Man is THE STONE DESPISED BY YOU, THE BUILDERS, WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF KEYSTONE. 1|
|RF ACT 4:12||And there is salvation by no other; for there is not another name under heaven given among men, by which we can be saved."|
|RF ACT 4:13||Perceiving then the unfettered eloquence of Peter and John, and understanding that they were common, illiterate men, they were much astonished; and recollected that they had been with Jesus.|
|RF ACT 4:14||But seeing the man who had been cured standing with them, they could not contradict it.|
|RF ACT 4:15||Ordering them, therefore, to leave the council, they debated among themselves,|
|RF ACT 4:16||saying; "What shall we do to these men? for a strange affair has undoubtedly occurred through them, which is perfectly clear to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.|
|RF ACT 4:17||But so that it spread no further through the nation, let us terrify them with threats to speak no more to any man in this Name."|
|RF ACT 4:18||Then summoning them into their presence, they imperatively forbade them either to converse in any way, or teach about the name of Jesus.|
|RF ACT 4:19||Peter and John, replying to them, however, said " Decide whether it is right in the presence of God to listen to you rather than to God.|
|RF ACT 4:20||Because we have no power to do otherwise than tell what we have seen and heard."|
|RF ACT 4:21||Accordingly, finding no means of securing a conviction against them, they threatened them further and discharged them, on account of the people, because all the people praised|
|RF ACT 4:22||God for what had been done. For the man upon whom the evidence of curing had been effected was upwards of forty years of age.|
|RF ACT 4:23|| The Apostles Rejoicing in Persecution.
Being then dismissed, they returned to their own company, and reported everything that the chief priest and elders had said to them.
|RF ACT 4:24||And when they heard it, they sang in unison to God, and said: "Almighty, You Who have made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and all that is in them;|
|RF ACT 4:25||Who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our forefather David, Your servant, said; WHY RAGE THE HEATHEN SO, AND THE PEOPLE PLOT IN VAIN?|
|RF ACT 4:26||THE KINGS OF THE EARTH RANGE THEMSELVES FOR ATTACK, AND THE JUDGES ARE COMBINED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD, AND AGAINST HIS MESSIAH. 2|
|RF ACT 4:27||For of a truth both Herod and Pilate plotted in this city against Your holy Son Jesus, Whom You had consecrated, inviting the heathen and people of Israel|
|RF ACT 4:28||to effect what Your hand and counsel had decided should be done.|
|RF ACT 4:29||And now, Lord, observe their threats; and grant Your servants full freedom to declare Your message;|
|RF ACT 4:30||while You extend Your hand for restoring health, with signs and wonders to be done through the Name of Your holy Child Jesus!"|
|RF ACT 4:31||And while they prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke out the message of God with freedom.|
|RF ACT 4:32|| Brotherly Love Exemplified.
But the crowd of the believers were one, heart and soul; and no one who possessed property claimed it as exclusively his own: but it was for the use of all.
|RF ACT 4:33||And the apostles, with much vigour, propagated the evidence of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And goodwill reigned supreme among them; because none among them were in poverty.|
|RF ACT 4:34||For some who were possessors of lands or houses sold them; and, bringing the price of the sales,|
|RF ACT 4:35||and presenting the same at the feet of the apostles, a distribution was made to each according to his need.|
|RF ACT 4:36||For Joseph, who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which, when translated, means Son of Consolation), a Levite, and a native of Cyprus,|
|RF ACT 4:37|| possessing an estate of his own, sold it; and bringing the money, he placed it at the disposal of the apostles.
1. Psa 118:22
2. Psa 2:1-2