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 9:1||
The Conversion of Saul.
|RF ACT 9:2||demanded from him letters addressed to the synagogues of Damascus, ordering that if any should be found of the Way,2 whether men or women, he should bring them under arrest to Jerusalem.|
|RF ACT 9:3||But while he travelled, arriving near to Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him;|
|RF ACT 9:4||and falling upon the ground, he heard a voice asking him, "Saul! Saul! why do you persecute Me?"|
|RF ACT 9:5|| And he replied: "Who are you, Sir?"
"I am Jesus, Whom you persecute," was the response;
|RF ACT 9:6||"but rise up, and go into the town, and it shall be told you what you must do."|
|RF ACT 9:7|| The men accompanying him, however, were stunned, hearing the voice indeed, but seeing no one.
2 Note." The Way" was the first name by which the Christian Faith was distinguished, and St. Paul so calls it even in his latest epistles.—F.F.
|RF ACT 9:8||Saul then arose from the ground; but on opening his eyes, he could see nothing. They accordingly, leading him, entered into Damascus.|
|RF ACT 9:9||And for three days he was without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.|
|RF ACT 9:10|| The Vision of Ananias
There was a disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "I am here, Lord," was his reply.
|RF ACT 9:11||The Lord then said to him, "Rise up, and go into the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judah for a man named Saul, a Tarsian; for he is now praying.|
|RF ACT 9:12||And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias entering and laying hands upon him, in order that he may recover his eyesight."|
|RF ACT 9:13||Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much injury he has done to Your holy ones at Jerusalem;|
|RF ACT 9:14||and here he is commissioned by the chief priests to apprehend all calling upon Your Name."|
|RF ACT 9:15||The Lord said to him, "Go, because this man is an instrument specially chosen by Myself, to bear My Name in the presence of both the heathen and kings, as well as the sons of Israel;|
|RF ACT 9:16||for I will show him what he must endure for the sake of My Name."|
|RF ACT 9:17||Ananias accordingly went; and entering the house, he placed his hands upon him, and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, Who appeared to you during your journey, has sent me, so that you may recover your eyesight, and be endowed with Holy Spirit."|
|RF ACT 9:18||And something like scales falling from his eyes, he immediately saw again. Then getting up, he was baptized;|
|RF ACT 9:19|| and partaking of food, he was strengthened.
Saul at Damascus.
And for some time afterwards he remained with the disciples in Damascus;
|RF ACT 9:20||and at once in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that He is the Son of God.|
|RF ACT 9:21||But all who heard him were astonished, and exclaimed, "Is not this the very man who devastated those who called upon this Name in Jerusalem; and who came here specially for the purpose of apprehending them, and bringing them before Ike chief priests?"|
|RF ACT 9:22||But Saul the more energetically overpowered and refuted the Judeans inhabiting Damascus, proving that He was the Messiah.|
|RF ACT 9:23|| Judeans Conspire to Murder Saul.
After a considerable time had elapsed, however, the Judeans conspired to murder him;—
|RF ACT 9:24||but their plot was made known to Saul. They even watched the gates day and night, to murder him.|
|RF ACT 9:25||But his disciples, conveying him by night, lowered him from the wall in a hamper.|
|RF ACT 9:26||Afterwards, when he visited Jerusalem, he tried to associate himself with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was himself a disciple.|
|RF ACT 9:27||Barnabas, however, accepting him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained to them how he had seen the Lord during the journey; and how He had spoken to him; and how at Damascus he had spoken boldly for the Name of Jesus.|
|RF ACT 9:28||And he went about in their company in Jerusalem,|
|RF ACT 9:29||and spoke eloquently in the Name of the Lord. He also spoke and debated with the Grecian Jews; but they conspired to murder him.|
|RF ACT 9:30||When, however, the brethren became aware of it, they took him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus.|
|RF ACT 9:31||The church through the whole of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, accordingly had rest, being built up; and, progressing in the reverence of the Lord, they were being increased through the consolation of the Holy Spirit.|
|RF ACT 9:32|| Peter at Lydda.
It now occurred that Peter, journeying through all, also came down to the holy residing at Lydda;
|RF ACT 9:33||and there he found a man, named Aeneas, who, on account of paralysis, had been bedridden for eight years.|
|RF ACT 9:34||And Peter, addressing him, said, "Aeneas, Jesus the Messiah cures you! Rise up and straighten yourself." And he stood up straight.|
|RF ACT 9:35||And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon knew him, and turned to the Lord.|
|RF ACT 9:36|| Peter at Joppa.
There was at Joppa a female disciple, named Tabitha,1 which, when translated, means Dorcas; and she was conspicuous for her works of goodness and benevolence which she did.
1. This is a Hebrew name, the Greek form of which is Dorcas; or in English, Gazelle.
|RF ACT 9:37||But it happened about that time that she fell sick, and died; and haying washed the body, they placed it in an upper chamber.|
|RF ACT 9:38||Lydda being near to Joppa, however, the disciples, learning that Peter was there, dispatched two men to him, with the message, "Come to us without delay."|
|RF ACT 9:39||Peter accordingly arose, and accompanied them. And on arrival, they took him to the upper chamber, where the widows stood round weeping; and showed him the jackets and cloaks which Dorcas had made while she was with them.|
|RF ACT 9:40||Peter, however, put them all out; and having knelt, he prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, rise up!" And she opened her eyes; but seeing Peter, she fell backwards.|
|RF ACT 9:41||But giving her a hand, he assisted her up; and calling the holy ones and widows, he presented her to them alive.|
|RF ACT 9:42||And it became known through the whole of Joppa; and many believed on the Lord.|
|RF ACT 9:43||He afterwards remained in Joppa for a considerable time with Simon, a tanner.|