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 ROM 11:1||
"Do I therefore say, 'God has rejected His people'? Never! because I am an, Israelite, of Abraham's race, from the tribe of Benjamin.
|RF ROM 11:2||God has not rejected His pre-ordained people. For do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah, how he pleaded with God against Israel?—|
|RF ROM 11:3||LORD, THEY HAVE SLAIN YOUR PROPHETS AND THROWN DOWN YOUR ALTARS; AND I AM LEFT ALONE, AND THEY WANT MY LIFE.6|
|RF ROM 11:4||But what was the Divine answer to him? THERE ARE LEFT TO ME SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BENT THE KNEE TO BAAL7|
|RF ROM 11:5||Thus therefore also, in the present time, a fragment has come for enrolment with the Gift|
|RF ROM 11:6||But if by a gift, it cannot be from a ritual; or the gift would no longer be a gift."|
|RF ROM 11:7|| (Jew.) "What then?"
(Paul.) "What Israel sought it has not met with; but the Enrolment has met, and the remainder are dazed.
|RF ROM 11:8|| As it was written:
GOD GAVE THEM A CONFUSED SPIRIT, UNSEEING EYES, AND DEAF EARS,8 until the present day.
6. Kings 29:10
7. Kings 29:18
8. Isa 29:10
|RF ROM 11:9|| And David says:
LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,
AND AN OFFENCE AND A STUMBLING TO THEM;
|RF ROM 11:10||LET THEIR EYES BE BLIND NOT TO SEE, AND ALWAYS BOW DOWN THEIR FACE.1|
|RF ROM 11:11||"Do I therefore say, 'They have stumbled, so that they might fail'? Never! But that by their mistake the salvation has come to the heathen, so as to arouse themselves.|
|RF ROM 11:12||But if their mistake enriches the world, and their less is wealth for nations, how much more will their prosperity be!"|
|RF ROM 11:13||For I speak to you heathen, because I myself am an apostle of the heathen;|
|RF ROM 11:14||I magnify my service, so that I may excite my kindred, and save some from among them.|
|RF ROM 11:15||For if their dispersion re-unites a world, what will their re-union be but life from death?|
|RF ROM 11:16||And if the first-fruit is sound, so also is the crop; and if the root is sound, so are the branches.|
|RF ROM 11:17||But if some of the branches were cut off, and you, a wild olive, were grafted into their place, and became a participator in the root and fatness of the olive,|
|RF ROM 11:18||do not exult over those branches; and if you should exult, the root bears you, not you the root."|
|RF ROM 11:19||You may reply, however: 'The branches were cut off so that I might be grafted in.' Quite right.|
|RF ROM 11:20||They were cut off for unbelief; but you were inserted by faith. Be not haughty, but fear.|
|RF ROM 11:21||For if God spared not the natural branches, how much less likely will He spare you!|
|RF ROM 11:22||Reflect, therefore, upon God's beneficent action and pruning: upon those who failed He applies a pruning; but upon you a Divine beneficent purpose, if you adhere to His beneficent purpose: and if not, you will be cut off.|
|RF ROM 11:23||And they, if they do not adhere to their unbelief, will be grafted in again; for God is able to graft them in again."|
|RF ROM 11:24|| For if you, a cutting from a wild olive; contrary to your nature have been engrafted into a cultivated olive, how much easier can they be naturally grafted again into their own olive tree!
1. Psa 69:22-23
|RF ROM 11:25||"Therefore, brothers, I would not wish you to forget this mystery, so that you may not exult with yourselves: that a partial perversity has come to Israel until the whole of the heathen can enter,|
|RF ROM 11:26|| and then all Israel will be saved. As it is written: A DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION;
AND IMPIETy DRIVE OFF FROM JACOB.
|RF ROM 11:27|| AND THIS SHALL BE MY SETTLEMENT WITH THEM,
WHEN I EXPEL FROM THEM THEIR SINS.1
|RF ROM 11:28||"On account of the gospel they are enemies for your sakes; but in respect of the enrolment, are loved for their fathers' sake.|
|RF ROM 11:29||For the decision and gifts of God are irrevocable.|
|RF ROM 11:30||Exactly as you were once apathetic about God, but now through their apathy you have received mercy;|
|RF ROM 11:31||so they now are apathetic, to the benefit of yourselves: yet they will obtain mercy.|
|RF ROM 11:32||For God has included all unbelievers, so that He might show mercy to all.|
|RF ROM 11:33||"Oh the depth of wealth, and wisdom, and knowledge of God I How unsearchable His decisions, and inscrutable His ways!|
|RF ROM 11:34||For WHO INSTRUCTED THE LORD'S MIND, OR WHO WAS HIS COUNSELLOR?2|
|RF ROM 11:35||WHO FIRST SUGGESTED TO HIM.3 AND IT SHALL BE RETURNED TO HIS!|
|RF ROM 11:36|| "Because all is from Him, and by Him, and in Him—to Him be honour throughout the ages. Amen
1. Isa 59:20-21
2. Isa 40:13
3. Job 41:11