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 3:1||(Jewish Opponent.) "Then what advantage has the Jew? or what is the benefit of the circumcision?"|
|RF ROM 3:2||(Paul.) "Great in all respects; for first, indeed, they were entrusted with the intentions of God."|
|RF ROM 3:3||(Jew.) "What for? If some were unfaithful, would not their unfaithfulness destroy God's trust?"|
|RF ROM 3:4||(Paul.) "It would not. God must be true, although every man were false; as it is written: So THAT You MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR DESIGNS, AND TRIUMPHANT WHEN EXAMINED."|
|RF ROM 3:5|| (Jew.) "But if our wickedness confirms the righteousness of God, then should we not conclude that the anger-bearing God is unjust? I speak humanly."
1. Psa. 51:4
|RF ROM 3:6||(Paul.) "Never! for then how could God judge the world?|
|RF ROM 3:7||For if God could by my falsehood be exalted to His honour, how could I be condemned as a wrong-doer?|
|RF ROM 3:8||And should not we, as we are libeled, and as certain people accuse us of teaching, do evil that good might come? Their reprobation is right."|
|RF ROM 3:9|| (Jew.) " Well, then, we are the superior?"
(Paul.) "Not at all I For we have all, both Jew and Greek, decided to
|RF ROM 3:10||serve sin, as it is written: THAT THERE IS NOT ONE RIGHTEOUS—NOT ONE.|
|RF ROM 3:11||NO ONE IS INTELLIGENT, NONE IS SEEKING OUT GOD.|
|RF ROM 3:12||ALL HAVE LEFT THE RANKS; QUITE INEFFICIENT; NONE ARE OF USE—NOT EVEN ONE.1|
|RF ROM 3:13||THEIR THROAT IS A YAWNING GRAVE; THEY DECEIVE BY THEIR WORDS; 2 A VIPER'S VENOM IS UNDER THEIR LIPS;3|
|RF ROM 3:14||THEIR MOUTH IS FULL OF MISCHIEF AND Bitterness.4|
|RF ROM 3:15||THEIR FEET SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD;|
|RF ROM 3:16||DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR WAYS;|
|RF ROM 3:17||AND THEY WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A PEACEFUL PATH.5|
|RF ROM 3:18||THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.6|
|RF ROM 3:19||"And we know that what the Law says, it says to those under the law; so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may come under judgment to God.|
|RF ROM 3:20||Therefore by the practice of a ritual, none can be made righteous in His presence; yet, however, a recognition of sin comes by means of law.|
|RF ROM 3:21||"But now, without a ritual, a Divine righteousness is exhibited, attested by the law and the prophets;|
|RF ROM 3:22||a Divine righteousness by means of a Faith from Jesus Christ, to all believers; for there is no distinction;|
|RF ROM 3:23||because all sin, and are in need of rectification from God.|
|RF ROM 3:24|| They are made righteous freely by His gift through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
1. Psa 14:1-3
2. Psa 5.9
3. Psa 140:3
4. Psa 10:7
5. Isa 59:7-8
6. Psa 36:1
|RF ROM 3:25||Whom God has set forward as a mercy-seat, through faith in His blood, to show His righteousness through the pardon of past sins by the gentleness of God;|
|RF ROM 3:26||and to display His righteousness at this present time, so that He might be righteous Himself, and make the believer in Jesus righteous as well."|
|RF ROM 3:27|| (Jew.) "Where then is our pride
(Paul.) "It is banished."
(Jew.) "By what law? By the rituals?"
(Paul.) 'Not but by a law of faith.
|RF ROM 3:28||Therefore we have argued that a man may be righteous by a faith distinct from a law of rituals."|
|RF ROM 3:29|| (Jew.) "He is the God of Jews only, not of heathens."
(Paul.) "Yes, of heathens as well!
|RF ROM 3:30||For it is the same God Who makes circumcision righteous from a faith, and paganism through the faith.|
|RF ROM 3:31||'Then,' you will say, 'we destroy law for the sake of the faith?' Never! On the contrary, we corroborate law."|