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 5:1||
Ananias and Sapphira.
|RF ACT 5:2||and he deducted part of the price, with the knowledge of his wife; and, bringing a part, presented it at the feet of the apostles.|
|RF ACT 5:3||But Peter said: "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart, that you should attempt to deceive the Holy Spirit, and to deduct a part of the price of the farm?|
|RF ACT 5:4||While still remaining, was it not your own? and even when it was sold, was it not under your own control? Why then have you admitted this matter into your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."|
|RF ACT 5:5||Ananias, on hearing these words, fell down and expired; and great fear took possession of all those who heard it.|
|RF ACT 5:6||And the young men, getting up, swathed the body; and, carrying it out, they buried it.|
|RF ACT 5:7||Then, after an interval of about three hours, his wife, ignorant of what had occurred, came in.|
|RF ACT 5:8|| And Peter said to her: "Tell me now, did you sell the farm for so much?"
"Yes, for so much," was her reply.
|RF ACT 5:9||Peter then said to her, "How is it that you have conspired together to try the Spirit of the Lord? The feet of those who have been burying your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."|
|RF ACT 5:10||And she immediately fell down at his feet, and expired: and the youths, on entering, found her dead; and, carrying her out, they buried her by her husband.|
|RF ACT 5:11||And great terror came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard these facts.|
|RF ACT 5:12|| Healing By the Apostles.
But through the hands of the apostles numerous startling evidences were produced among the people. And they agreed to meet in Solomon's portico;
|RF ACT 5:13||but of the disreputable, none dared to join them. Yet the people exalted them;|
|RF ACT 5:14||while additional crowds of believers, including both men and women, attached themselves to the Lord:|
|RF ACT 5:15||so that they even carried the sick into the streets, laying them upon couches and rugs, in the hope that, as Peter passed, his shadow might at least fall upon some of them.|
|RF ACT 5:16||And a crowd collected from the towns surrounding Jerusalem, also brought sick people, and those troubled with foul spirits, all of whore were cured.|
|RF ACT 5:17|| Imprisonment of the Apostles
So the High Priest, and all his supporters, who were of the heresy of the Sadducees, being mad with rage, arose,
|RF ACT 5:18||arrested the apostles, and put them in the common prison.|
|RF ACT 5:19||But a messenger of the Lord opened the prison doors during the night, and leading them out, said:|
|RF ACT 5:20||"Go, take your stand in the temple, and declare to the people all the doctrines of this Life."|
|RF ACT 5:21||On hearing this, they accordingly went about daybreak into the temple; and taught. But the High Priest came, with his supporters, and assembling the senate, together with the full council of the sons of Israel, they sent to the prison to have them brought up.|
|RF ACT 5:22||When, however, the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and returning, they reported, saying,|
|RF ACT 5:23||"We found the prison shut, and quite secure, with the guard stationed at the doors: but on opening, we found no one inside."|
|RF ACT 5:24|| The Apostles and their Judges.
When the commander of the temple and the chief priests heard these facts, they were much perplexed concerning them, as to what they could mean.
|RF ACT 5:25||A man, however, came to them reporting: "Why, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple teaching the people."|
|RF ACT 5:26||Then the commander going with the officers, brought them, but without violence; for they dreaded the people, fearing that they should be stoned.|
|RF ACT 5:27||And when they had brought them, they placed them before the senate; and the High Priest examined them,|
|RF ACT 5:28||saying: "We absolutely prohibited you from teaching about this Name; and yet you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you wish to bring upon us the blood of this Man."|
|RF ACT 5:29|| The Bold Defence.
But Peter and the apostles, answering, said: "God ought to be obeyed rather than men.
|RF ACT 5:30||The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, Whom you murdered by hanging upon a tree.|
|RF ACT 5:31||God has exalted Him to His own right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give a change of mind to Israel, and release from sins.|
|RF ACT 5:32||And we are witnesses of these statements; also the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those obeying Him."|
|RF ACT 5:33|| Gamaliel's Counsel.
When they heard this, however, they were infuriated, and were deciding to have them executed.
|RF ACT 5:34||But one member, of the senate, named Gamaliel, a Pharisee, and a doctor of the law—who was held in high esteem among all the people—stood up and asked for the men to be sent out for a short time.|
|RF ACT 5:35||He then addressed them: "Men of Israel, now take care of yourselves in regard to what you intend to do to these men.|
|RF ACT 5:36||For before our time, Theudas rose up, asserting himself to be somebody; with whom a number of about four hundred allied themselves: who, however, were slaughtered, and all who listened to him were scattered, and brought to nothing.|
|RF ACT 5:37||After this, Judas the Galilean rose up during the time of the census, and led people after him: he was destroyed; and as many as listened to him were dispersed.|
|RF ACT 5:38||Now let me tell you, Refrain from these men, and release them. Because if this doctrine or this work should be from men, it will be wrecked;|
|RF ACT 5:39||but if it is from God, you will not be able to crush it; and perhaps you may find yourselves the opponents of God."|
|RF ACT 5:40|| The Apostles Flogged.
They were accordingly persuaded by him; and calling the apostles forward, they flogged them, and forbade them to speak about the name of Jesus, and allowed them to go.
|RF ACT 5:41||They therefore took their departure from the presence of the senate, delighted that they were considered worthy to be exposed to infamy for the sake of that Name.|
|RF ACT 5:42||Yet every day, both in the temple and at home, they never ceased teaching and declaring the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.|