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 15:1||And we, the strong, ought to support the weakness of the feeble, and not to indulge ourselves.|
|RF ROM 15:2||Let each of us make himself pleasant to his neighbour to promote loving. kindness.|
|RF ROM 15:3||For Christ did not indulge Himself; but, as it is recorded, THE ABUSE OF YOUR INSULTERS FELL ON ME.1|
|RF ROM 15:4||And whatever was formerly written was recorded for our instruction; so that by the support and consolation of the Scriptures we might have hope.|
|RF ROM 15:5||And may the supporting and consoling God grant you to think towards one another as did Christ Jesus;|
|RF ROM 15:6||so that united with one voice you may praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|RF ROM 15:7||Thus receive one another, as Christ also received us into the glory of God.|
|RF ROM 15:8||For I repeat, Christ became a Servant of circumcision for God's truth, in confirmation of the promises to the fathers;|
|RF ROM 15:9||but He praises God for His mercy to the heathen. As it is written FOR THIS I WILL PROCLAIM YOU AMONG THE NATIONS, AND SING TO YOUR NAME2|
|RF ROM 15:10|| And He repeats:
LET THE HEATHEN REJOICE WITH HIS PEOPLE;3
|RF ROM 15:11||and further: PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE HEATHEN AND LOUDLY PRAISE HIM ALL THE PEOPLE.4|
|RF ROM 15:12|| And Isaiah proclaims:
HE SHALL BE THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND THE LEADER TO GOVERN THE NATIONS,
THE HEATHEN SHALL HOPE IN HIM.5
|RF ROM 15:13||And may the God of that hope perfect you with all joy and peace in believing, to fill you with power of a holy spirit with that hope.|
|RF ROM 15:14||But I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you are full of benevolence, complete in all knowledge, and able to advise each other.|
|RF ROM 15:15||Therefore I have written more boldly to you, brothers, partly as reminding you, through the gift given me from God,|
|RF ROM 15:16||that I am a minister of Jesus Christ for the heathen; conducting the service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the heathen might be rightly administered, sanctified by a holy spirit.|
|RF ROM 15:17||Therefore I hold this appointment under Christ Jesus for affairs relating to God.|
|RF ROM 15:18||For I will not dare to speak of what Christ has accomplished through me by word and work in conquering nations;|
|RF ROM 15:19|| by force of evidences and miracles; by spiritual power: so that, from Jerusalem and round to Illyria, I have supplied the Good News of Christ.
1. Psa 59:9
2. Psa 18: 49
3. Deu 32:43
4. Psa 117:1
5. Isa 11:1,10
|RF ROM 15:20||And I have loved to preach like this, where Christ was not named, so as not to build on some other man's foundation;|
|RF ROM 15:21||but as it is written: THOSE NOT INFORMED ABOUT HIM SEE; AND THOSE WHO HAD NOT HEARD UNDERSTAND.1|
|RF ROM 15:22||Therefore I have often endeavored to come to you.|
|RF ROM 15:23||However, now I have no more place in these regions: and I have for many years wished to visit you,|
|RF ROM 15:24||when I might be proceeding into Spain; for I hope to see you during the passage, and be sent there from you, after first being refreshed by you.|
|RF ROM 15:25||At present I am proceeding to Jerusalem, to assist the saints;|
|RF ROM 15:26||for it has pleased Macedonia and Achaia to make a present to the poor of the saints in Jerusalem—|
|RF ROM 15:27||yes, they have been pleased, and they are their debtors. For if the heathen have shared in their spiritual possessions, they ought to offer to them their corporeal.|
|RF ROM 15:28||When I have accomplished and attended to this their affair for them, I shall sail by you into Spain;|
|RF ROM 15:29||and I know that by coming to you I shall come to a full acceptance of Christ.|
|RF ROM 15:30||But I request you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, strive with me in prayers for me to God:|
|RF ROM 15:31||so that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea; and that my service in Jerusalem may be well received by the saints,|
|RF ROM 15:32||from whom I may come by God's will to you with pleasure; and so that I may be refreshed by you.|
|RF ROM 15:33|| And may the peace of God be with you all.
1. Isa 52:5