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 9:1||
|RF ROM 9:2||witnessing to me that I have a great grief, and an indelible anguish at my heart.|
|RF ROM 9:3||For I could wish myself to be cut off from Christ, instead of my brothers, my kindred by race—|
|RF ROM 9:4||who are Israelites; from whom are the adoption and the renown, and the covenants and the law-giving; the Divine service and the promises;|
|RF ROM 9:5||of whom were the fathers, and from among whom the Messiah became incarnate; He Who is God over all, most certainly blessed through eternity!|
|RF ROM 9:6||The design of God has not failed, however: for not all those from Israel are Israel;|
|RF ROM 9:7||neither all Abraham's children are heirs; but FROM ISAAC SHALL YOUR HEIR BE CALLED.1|
|RF ROM 9:8||That is, the children of his body are not the children of God; but the offspring of the promise shall be considered an heir.|
|RF ROM 9:9||For the message of promise was this: I WILL COME AT THAT TIME, AND THERE SHALL BE A SON To SARAH.2|
|RF ROM 9:10||And not that only: but Rebecca having conceived from that one, our ancestor Isaac—|
|RF ROM 9:11||before they were born, neither having done good nor ill; so that the recorded purpose of God should continue, not through institutions, but from His calling—|
|RF ROM 9:12||it was said to her, THAT THE ELDER SHOULD SERVE THE YOUNGER3|
|RF ROM 9:13||as it is written, I HAVE CHOSEN JACOB, AND REJECTED ESAU.4|
|RF ROM 9:14||(Jew.) "Well, then, must we not say:'There is injustice with God'?"|
|RF ROM 9:15||(Paul.) "No! For He said to Moses: I will pity those I may pity, and I will compassionate those I may compassionate.5|
|RF ROM 9:16||Therefore it comes not from him who wills, nor from him who runs; but from the merciful God.|
|RF ROM 9:17|| For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: I HAVE RAISED YOU FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE, SO THAT THROUGH YOU I MAY SHOW MY GOVERNMENT; AND THUS MY AUTHORITY BE PROCLAIMED OVER ALL THE EARTH.6
1. Gen 21:12
2. Gen 18:10
3. Gen 25:23
4. Mal 1:2-3
5. Exod 33:19
6. Exod 9:16
|RF ROM 9:18||With the same object He pities whom He desires, and whom He wills He stupefies.|
|RF ROM 9:19||"You will then reply to me, 'Why does He still blame? for who has resisted His will?'|
|RF ROM 9:20||"Indeed, man, who are you to criticize God? Should the thing made say to the maker, Why have you made me thus?|
|RF ROM 9:21||Has not the potter power over his clay, to make from his own clay one article for distinction, and another for common use?|
|RF ROM 9:22||What if God, wishing to show His disposition, and to proclaim His authority, endured with great forbearance a perverse instrument determined on destruction?|
|RF ROM 9:23||and so that He might proclaim the wealth of His approbation upon the instrument Of mercy which He had prepared for approval?|
|RF ROM 9:24||and us, whom He has called not only from among Jews, but also from among heathen?|
|RF ROM 9:25|| As He says in Hosea:
I WILL CALL THOSE NOT MY PEOPLE, MY PEOPLE,
AND THE UNBELOVED, BELOVED.1
|RF ROM 9:26||AND IT SHALL BE IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, 'YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,' THEY SHALL BE CALLED THERE,' SONS OF A LIVING GOD.'2|
|RF ROM 9:27||And Isaiah thunders over Israel: THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL SHOULD BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA. THOSE STANDING OUTSIDE SHALL BE SAVED!3|
|RF ROM 9:28||FOR COMPLETING A DESIGN, AND COMPLETING IT RIGHTEOUSLY, THE LORD WILL PERFECT HIS INTENTION ON THE EARTH.|
|RF ROM 9:29||And as Isaiah foretold: IF THE LORD OF PEACE HAD NOT LEFT US AN HEIR, WE SHOULD HAVE BECOME AS SODOM, AND LIKE TO GOMORRAH.4|
|RF ROM 9:30||"From this what would we conclude?—That a people who did not pursue righteousness has attained to a righteousness, but that righteousness is from their faith.|
|RF ROM 9:31||But Israel, pursuing a ritual for righteousness, has not entered into a righteous law.|
|RF ROM 9:32||For what reason? Because they sought it not as from faith, but as if from rituals; they stumbled at the stumbling-stone,|
|RF ROM 9:33|| as it is written: SEE, I PLACE A STUMBLING-STONE IN ZION, AND A DIFFICULT ROCK; BUT THE BELIEVER ON IT SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED."5
1. Hosea 2:23
2. Hosea 1:10
3. Isa 10:22-23
4. Isa I:9
5. Isa 28:16