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 7:1||"Is this really so?" asked the High Priest.|
|RF ACT 7:2|| Stephens Defence.
In reply, he said: "Men, brothers and fathers, listen! The God of Majesty appeared to our forefather Abraham, while he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Charran;
|RF ACT 7:3||and said to him, DEPART FROM YOUR OWN COUNTRY, AND FROM YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO A COUNTRY WHICH I WILL SHOW YOU. 1|
|RF ACT 7:4||"Leaving, therefore, the land of the Chaldean, he resided in Churras; and from there, after the death of his father, he removed into this country in which you are now dwelling.|
|RF ACT 7:5||But He gave him no estate in it; no, not even the breadth of a foot: yet He had promised to give it into his possession, and to his descendants after him, although he was as yet childless.|
|RF ACT 7:6||God, however, spoke thus: That HIS RACE SHOULD LODGE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, AND THEY WILL ENSLAVE AND OPPRESS IT FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. 2|
|RF ACT 7:7||AND THE NATION BY WHICH THEY ARE ENSLAVED, said God, I WILL JUDGE; AND AFTER THAT THEY SHALL COME OUT AND WORSHIP ME IN THIS PLACE. 3|
|RF ACT 7:8||And He gave him a covenant by circumcision. And Isaac being afterwards born, he circumcised him the eighth day; then Isaac, Jacob; and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.|
|RF ACT 7:9||But the patriarchs, hating Joseph, sold him into Egypt: yet God was with him,|
|RF ACT 7:10||and rescued him from all his troubles, and gave him favour and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he appointed him prime minister over Egypt and all his household.|
|RF ACT 7:11||"But a famine came upon the whole land of Egypt and Canaan, and great distress; and our forefathers could find no food.|
|RF ACT 7:12||But Jacob, on learning that there was wheat in Egypt, sent our forefathers there a first time.|
|RF ACT 7:13||And during a second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers; and Pharaoh then became acquainted with Joseph's race.|
|RF ACT 7:14||"Joseph then sent an invitation to his father Jacob, and to all his relatives, who were seventy-five persons.|
|RF ACT 7:15||Jacob accordingly went down to Egypt, where he died, as well as our forefathers;|
|RF ACT 7:16|| and they removed him to Sychem, and placed in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Emmor of Sychem.
1 Gen 12.1
2 Gen 15.13
3 Exod 3.12
|RF ACT 7:17||But when the time approached which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,|
|RF ACT 7:18||until the time that a FOREIGN KING CONQUERED EGYPT, WHO KNEW NOTHING OF JOSEPH.1|
|RF ACT 7:19||This man's policy was to exterminate our race. He outraged our fathers, by making them cast out their infants, with the object that our race might not be reproduced."|
|RF ACT 7:20||Then it was that Moses was born, and was divinely fair. For three months he was nursed in his father's house;|
|RF ACT 7:21||and on being thrown out, the daughter of Pharaoh took him, and adopted him as her own son.|
|RF ACT 7:22||Moses was thus educated in all the philosophy of the Egyptians; and he was powerful in his speech and actions.|
|RF ACT 7:23||But when he had attained the age of forty years, it came into his heart to interest himself in his brothers, the sons of Israel.|
|RF ACT 7:24||And seeing one assaulted, he defended him, striking the Egyptian assailant by way of punishment;|
|RF ACT 7:25||because he concluded that his brothers would understand that God would grant them deliverance by means of his hand: but they did not understand it.|
|RF ACT 7:26||Some time after, he saw them quarrelling, and attempted to bring them to peace, remarking, MEN, YOU ARE BROTHERS! WHY DO YOU INJURE EACH OTHER?|
|RF ACT 7:27||But the aggressor of his neighbour retorted, WHO APPOINTED YOU A GOVERNOR AND A JUDGE OVER US?|
|RF ACT 7:28||DO YOU MEAN TO MURDER ME, IN THE WAY YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN THE OTHER DAY? 2|
|RF ACT 7:29||At this remark Moses took to flight, and became a resident ill the land of Midian, where two sons were born to him.|
|RF ACT 7:30||Then when forty years had elapsed, an angel appeared to him in the desert of Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.|
|RF ACT 7:31||When Moses saw the appearance, he wondered at the sight; and as he approached to examine it, there came a commanding voice,|
|RF ACT 7:32||I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, OF ISAAC, AND OF JACOB.3 Then Moses, becoming terrified, dare not examine it.|
|RF ACT 7:33|| But the Lord said to him, UNFASTEN THE SHOES FROM YOUR FEET; FOR THE SPOT UPON WHICH YOU STAND IS HOLY GROUND.
1. Exod 1.8
2. Exod 2.13-14
3. Exod 3.6
|RF ACT 7:34||HAVING LOOKED, I HAVE SEEN THE OPPRESSION OF MY PEOPLE NOW IN EGYPT; AND HAVING HEARD THEIR GROANING, I HAVE COME DOWN TO LEAD THEM OUT. AND NOW COME, I WILL SEND YOU TO EGYPT. 1"|
|RF ACT 7:35||This very Moses, whom they rejected—saying, WHO CONSTITUTED YOU A GOVERNOR AND JUDGE?—God sent him as a governor and deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.|
|RF ACT 7:36||This man led them out, having produced terrors and evidences in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the desert for forty years.|
|RF ACT 7:37||"This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, GOD WILL RAISE UP A PROPHET FROM AMONG YOUR BROTHERS, LIKE MYSELF. 2|
|RF ACT 7:38||He was the ambassador to the congregation in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him, and to our ancestors at the Mount Sinai, who received living messages to transmit to us.|
|RF ACT 7:39||Our forefathers, however, were unwilling to be obedient to him; on the contrary, they revolted, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,|
|RF ACT 7:40||saying to Aaron, MAKE FOR US GODS TO PRECEDE US; FOR AS FOR THIS FELLOW MOSES, WHO BROUGHT US FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT, WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAS BECOME OF HIM!3|
|RF ACT 7:41||And in those days they made a calf; and bringing out sacrifice to this idol, they rejoiced over their own handiwork.|
|RF ACT 7:42||But God turned Himself from them, abandoning them to worship the army of the sky; as it is written in the book of the prophets: DID YOU OFFER TO ME VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE DESERT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?|
|RF ACT 7:43||YES, AND YOU ERECTED THE TENT OF MOLOCH, AND OF YOUR GOD, THE STAR REMPHAN- THOSE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE FOR YOURSELVES TO WORSHIP: THEREFORE I WILL TRANSPORT YOU BEYOND DAMASCUS.4|
|RF ACT 7:44||"The tent of the witness, however, was with our forefathers in the desert, just as He Who spoke to Moses directed it to be made according to the model which he had seen;|
|RF ACT 7:45|| which also our forefathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua, on the defeat of the heathen, whom God drove out from the presence of our forefathers, until the time of David;
1. Ex 12:5,7,10
2. Deut. 18:15
3. Exod 32:1
4. Amos 5:25-27
|RF ACT 7:46||who found favour before God, and prayed to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.|
|RF ACT 7:47||Solomon, however, built a house for Him;|
|RF ACT 7:48||although the Highest dwells not in hand-made structures; as indeed the prophet says:|
|RF ACT 7:49|| ' THE HEAVEN IS MY THRONE,
AND THE EARTH A REST FOR MY FEET:
WHAT HOUSE CAN YOU BUILD FOR ME? SAYS THE LORD,
OR WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST?
|RF ACT 7:50||HAS NOT MY OWN HAND MADE ALL THESE? 1|
|RF ACT 7:51||"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised heathen in heart and ears! you are always in opposition to the Holy Spirit! As your forefathers were, so are you.|
|RF ACT 7:52||Which of the prophets have not your forefathers persecuted? and they murdered those who foretold the coming of the Just One: of Whom you have now yourselves become the betrayers and murderers;|
|RF ACT 7:53||even you, who received the law by means of the agency of angels, and have not observed it"|
|RF ACT 7:54|| The Murder of Stephen.
Now, on hearing this, they were cut to the heart, and they ground their teeth at him.
|RF ACT 7:55||But, possessing fulness of Holy Spirit, looking up into the heaven, he saw a Divine Majesty, with Jesus standing at the right of God; and said,"|
|RF ACT 7:56||Look! 'see the heavens open, and the Son of Man standing at the right of God!"|
|RF ACT 7:57||Then, shrieking out with a great voice, they stopped their ears, and rushed in a mass upon him;|
|RF ACT 7:58||and, casting him out of the city, they stoned him. And the witnesses deposited their clothes at the feet of a Noble named Saul.|
|RF ACT 7:59||And they stoned Stephen, who prayed, saying, "Lord Jesus, accept my spirit!"|
|RF ACT 7:60|| Then, kneeling, he cried aloud, "Lord, weigh not this sin to them." And so saying, he fell asleep.
1. Isa Lxvi:1-2