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.
|AKJV ROM 14:1||Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.|
|AKJV ROM 14:2||For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs.|
|AKJV ROM 14:3||Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.|
|AKJV ROM 14:4||Who are you that judge another man's servant? to his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand.|
|AKJV ROM 14:5||One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.|
|AKJV ROM 14:6||He that regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.|
|AKJV ROM 14:7||For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.|
|AKJV ROM 14:8||For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.|
|AKJV ROM 14:9||For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.|
|AKJV ROM 14:10||But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.|
|AKJV ROM 14:11||For it is written, As I live, said the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.|
|AKJV ROM 14:12||So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.|
|AKJV ROM 14:13||Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.|
|AKJV ROM 14:14||I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.|
|AKJV ROM 14:15||But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. Destroy not him with your meat, for whom Christ died.|
|AKJV ROM 14:16||Let not then your good be evil spoken of:|
|AKJV ROM 14:17||For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.|
|AKJV ROM 14:18||For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.|
|AKJV ROM 14:19||Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.|
|AKJV ROM 14:20||For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.|
|AKJV ROM 14:21||It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.|
|AKJV ROM 14:22||Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that comdemns not himself in that thing which he allows.|
|AKJV ROM 14:23||And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for whatever is not of faith is sin.|