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 8:1||Therefore, now there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.|
|RF ROM 8:2||For the law of the Spirit of the life in Christ Jesus has freed me from the law of sin and of death.|
|RF ROM 8:3||For because of the inability of the Law, which was weakened by the physical nature, God has sent His own Son in the likeness of a sinful body, and Of account of sin, condemned the sin in the body;|
|RF ROM 8:4||so that the decree of the Law might be accomplished by us, who conduct ourselves not in harmony with sensuality, but in harmony with spirituality.|
|RF ROM 8:5||For those who are in harmony with sensuality meditate about the gratification of their sensuality; but those in harmony with spirit, what pertains to the spirit.|
|RF ROM 8:6||For the desire of sensuality brings Death; but the desire of the spirit Life and peace.|
|RF ROM 8:7||Because the desire of sensuality is hatred of God; for it neither can nor will be obedient to God's law;|
|RF ROM 8:8||and indeed they who are sensual cannot please God.|
|RF ROM 8:9||However, you are not sensual, but spiritual, if indeed a Divine Spirit resides in you; and if any one has not a Christ-like spirit, he is not His.|
|RF ROM 8:10||But if Christ is in you, then the body is dead in respect to sin; but the spirit lives through righteousness.|
|RF ROM 8:11||But if the Spirit Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will revive your deadened bodies by His indwelling Spirit.|
|RF ROM 8:12||Therefore, then, brothers, we are not bound to live wickedly according to the senses.|
|RF ROM 8:13||For if you live according to the senses, you will die; but if spiritually you destroy the practices of sensuality, you will be living.|
|RF ROM 8:14||For as many as are led by a Divine Spirit, they are sons of God:|
|RF ROM 8:15||since you have not received a slavish spirit to fear again; but you have received a filial spirit, in which we say, Abba, Father.|
|RF ROM 8:16||Thus the Spirit witnesses to our own spirit that we are children of God.|
|RF ROM 8:17||But if children, then heirs; heirs certainly of God, and co-heirs with Christ. If we surer together, then we shall be exalted together.|
|RF ROM 8:18||For I conclude that the sufferings of the present time are nothing compared to the rectification that will be revealed through us;|
|RF ROM 8:19||for the longing desire of the Creation expects the revealing of the sons of God.|
|RF ROM 8:20||For the created shrinks back from futility, not desiring it, but has been subjected in hope;|
|RF ROM 8:21||because even the Creation will be freed from the slavery of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.|
|RF ROM 8:22||For we know that all the Creation groans and agonizes until now|
|RF ROM 8:23||and not alone: but also we, who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, expecting the sonship—the redemption from our sensuality.|
|RF ROM 8:24||For we are saved by hope: but hope visible is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?|
|RF ROM 8:25||But if we hope for what we see not, we shall receive it by patience.|
|RF ROM 8:26||Therefore the Spirit supports our weakness; for we know not rightly what we should pray for: but our own spirit itself pleads with stammering sighing's;|
|RF ROM 8:27||and the Searcher of hearts sees the object of our spirit, when He intercedes with God for the saints.|
|RF ROM 8:28||And we know that to those loving God everything works together for good, to those who are set apart for His purposes.|
|RF ROM 8:29||For He previously knew them, and appointed them to conformity with the image of His Son; so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.|
|RF ROM 8:30||But whom He prepared, those He also called; and whom He called, those He made righteous; yes, made them righteous and distinguished them.|
|RF ROM 8:31||What, then, shall we say about these? If God for us, who against us?|
|RF ROM 8:32||If He did not retain His own Son, but parted with Him for us all, how much rather will He also give us everything|
|RF ROM 8:33||with Him I Who can accuse God's chosen? God the Judge?|
|RF ROM 8:34||Who will condemn? Christ the dead? nay, rather, the Risen from the dead, Who is upon the right hand of God, and Who also intercedes for us?|
|RF ROM 8:35||What can drive us from the love of Christ? affliction? or oppression? or persecution? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or sword?|
|RF ROM 8:36||Just as it is written: WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY ON ACCOUNT OF You! WE ARE REGARDED AS SHEEP FOR SLAUGHTER.1|
|RF ROM 8:37||But in all these we more than conquer through His having loved us.|
|RF ROM 8:38||For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor authorities, nor present, nor future, nor power,|
|RF ROM 8:39|| nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, is able to separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus!
1. Psa 44:22