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 4:1||(Jew.) "What shell we say, then, that our ancestor Abraham attained to in the course of his life.|
|RF ROM 4:2||For if Abraham were made righteous by rituals, he had ground for boasting."|
|RF ROM 4:3||(Paul.) "But not before God! For what says the Scripture? ABRAHAM TRUSTED TO GOD, AND IT WAS PAID TO HIM IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.1|
|RF ROM 4:4||But to a labourer the wages are not paid as a kindness, but as a debt;|
|RF ROM 4:5||while to him who practiced no ritual, but confided on Him Who makes the sinful righteous, his faith was paid with righteousness.|
|RF ROM 4:6||As David, indeed, also relates the happiness of the man to whom God grants righteousness apart from rituals:|
|RF ROM 4:7||THEY ARE HAPPY WHOSE VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW ARE FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS ARE OBLITERATED;|
|RF ROM 4:8||HAPPY THE MAN WHOSE SINS THE LORD WILL NOT REPAY.2|
|RF ROM 4:9||"This happiness, therefore, belongs to the circumcised and the pagan; for we argue that to Abraham his faith was repaid with righteousness."|
|RF ROM 4:10|| (Jew.) "But when was it repaid? Under circumcision, or while uncircumcised "
(Paul.) "Not in circumcision, but while uncircumcised;
1. Gen 15:6
2. Psa 32:1-2
|RF ROM 4:11||and he received a token by circumcision, an evidence of his faithful righteousness while not circumcised, so that he might be the father of all uncircumcised believers, to whom righteousness will also be granted;|
|RF ROM 4:12||and a father of circumcision, not only to those simply circumcised, but to all arranging themselves in the path of the faith of our uncircumcised ancestor Abraham.|
|RF ROM 4:13||For the promise, that he should inherit the world, was not given through a ritual to Abraham or to his race; but through a righteous faith.|
|RF ROM 4:14||For if they inherited through a ritual, the faith would be nullified, and the promise abolished."|
|RF ROM 4:15|| (Jew.) "However, the law abolished anger?"
( Paul.) "Yet where there is no law, there is no transgression of it.
|RF ROM 4:16||Therefore it springs from faith, coinciding with a gift, so as to confirm the promise to all his race; not to those through the law only, but also to those of Abraham's faith, who is the father of us all.|
|RF ROM 4:17||As it is recorded: I HAVE APPOINTED YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS,1 in the sight Of God in Whom he trusted, Who restores the dead to life, and names the non-existent as if existent.|
|RF ROM 4:18||Who trusted on hope against hope that he would be the father of many nations; according to the expression, THUS SHALL YOUR RACE BE.2|
|RF ROM 4:19||And, not weak in faith, he regarded not his own body already deadened, when he was nearly a hundred years old, nor the barrenness of Sarah!|
|RF ROM 4:20||Nor did he doubtingly criticize the promise of God; but was strong in faith, giving praise to God,|
|RF ROM 4:21||and was perfectly satisfied that what He promised He could also perform:|
|RF ROM 4:22||and therefore he was paid with righteousness.|
|RF ROM 4:23||But it was not recorded for him only that it was so paid to him,|
|RF ROM 4:24||but also for us to whom it will be granted; to us, the believers on Him Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,|
|RF ROM 4:25|| Who was betrayed through our sins, and raised for our righteousness.
1 Genesis 17.5.
2 Genesis 15.5