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 8:1||
The First Missionaries.
|RF ACT 8:2||But some pious men took up the body of Stephen, and the mourning over him was great.|
|RF ACT 8:3||Saul, however, played havoc with the church; searching house by house he dragged out both men and women, and imprisoned them.|
|RF ACT 8:4||Those, therefore, who were scattered, went about preaching the good news of the Message.|
|RF ACT 8:5|| Philip in Samaria.
Philip, arriving thus at a town of the Samaritans, proclaimed the Messiah to them
|RF ACT 8:6||Now the crowd, unanimously relying upon the things spoken by Philip, united with him, when they heard them and saw the evidences which he produced.|
|RF ACT 8:7||For from many of those possessed he expelled foul spirits, yelling with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed and lame were made well|
|RF ACT 8:8||And there was great rejoicing in that town.|
|RF ACT 8:9|| Simon the Magician.
But a man named Simon had been professing magic in the town, and startled the people of Samaria, holding himself out to be something extraordinary:
|RF ACT 8:10||to whom they all paid regard, from the least to the greatest, remarking, "This man is the power of God Who is called the Great."|
|RF ACT 8:11||And they relied upon him, owing to the length of time he had charmed them with his sciences.|
|RF ACT 8:12||But when they believed Philip, announcing the good news concerning the Kingdom of God, and of the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized|
|RF ACT 8:13||even Simon himself also believed; and, having been baptized, he became an attendant on Philip, and was in ecstasy on seeing the powerful evidences which were produced.|
|RF ACT 8:14||When the apostles who were at Jerusalem learned that the Samaritans had accepted the message of God, they sent to them Peter and John:|
|RF ACT 8:15||who, going down, prayed for them, in order that they might receive Holy Spirit;|
|RF ACT 8:16||for as yet He had alighted upon none of them; they had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.|
|RF ACT 8:17||They then placed their hands upon them, and they received Holy Spirit.|
|RF ACT 8:18||And when Simon observed that the Spirit was transmitted through the agency of the imposition of the hands of the apostles, he proffered them money,|
|RF ACT 8:19||saying, "Grant this power also to me, so that if I place my hands upon any one, he may receive Holy Spirit."|
|RF ACT 8:20||But Peter replying to him, said: "May your wealth go with you to perdition, because you have imagined that the gift of God can be bought with money.|
|RF ACT 8:21||There is no part nor lot in this message for you; for your heart is not upright in the presence of God.|
|RF ACT 8:22||Change your mind, therefore, from this wickedness; and pray the Lord, if, perhaps, He will remove from you the intention of your heart.|
|RF ACT 8:23||For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness, and the bonds of iniquity!"|
|RF ACT 8:24||"Pray you to the Lord for me," said Simon in reply, "so that nothing of what you have stated may come upon me."|
|RF ACT 8:25||Then when they had given evidence, and delivered the message of the Lord, they returned towards Jerusalem, preaching the good news in many of the Samaritan villages.|
|RF ACT 8:26|| The Ethiopian Chamberlain.
But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Rise up, and go towards the south, upon the road descending from Jerusalem to Gaza; which is deserted."
|RF ACT 8:27||And, having arisen, he went, and there met a man, an Ethiopian, a chamberlain of influence under Candace, the queen of Ethiopia, who was also chancellor of her treasury: who had come to worship at Jerusalem,|
|RF ACT 8:28||and was returning, seated in his carriage, reading out the prophet Isaiah.|
|RF ACT 8:29||The Spirit then said to Philip, "Go forward, and join yourself to this man's carriage."|
|RF ACT 8:30||Philip accordingly running up heard him reading Isaiah the prophet; and asked, "Do you at all understand what you are reading?"|
|RF ACT 8:31||But he said, "How is it possible that I should, unless some one can explain it to me?" And he requested Philip to come up and sit with him.|
|RF ACT 8:32|| Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
HE WAS LED LIKE A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER;
AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARERS IS DUMB,
SO HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH
|RF ACT 8:33|| IN HIS GENTLENESS HE WAS DEPRIVED OF HIS TRIAL;
WHO CAN EXPLAIN HIS GENERATION?
BECAUSE IT CUT HIM OFF FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING. 1
|RF ACT 8:34||Addressing Philip, the chamberlain then said, "I wish you would tell me about whom the prophet says this; about himself, or about some one else?"|
|RF ACT 8:35||Philip then opened his mouth, and beginning from that Scripture, told him the good news concerning Jesus.|
|RF ACT 8:36||And as they went along the road, they came to a brook; when the chamberlain observed, "See, water! what hinders me from being baptized?"|
|RF ACT 8:37||[ And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (KJV)]|
|RF ACT 8:38||He then ordered the carriage to be stopped: and both Philip and the chamberlain stepped down into the water; and he baptized him.|
|RF ACT 8:39||When they came up out of the brook, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip suddenly away; and the chamberlain saw him no more, for he proceeded on his way rejoicing.|
|RF ACT 8:40|| Philip, however, was found at Azotus; and travelling through all the towns, he evangelized until he arrived at Caesarea.
1 Isa liii 7,8