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.
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Paul Explains his Apostolic Appointment.
|RF GAL 1:2||and all the brethren with me, to the assemblies of Galatia:|
|RF GAL 1:3||Grace and peace to you, from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,|
|RF GAL 1:4||Who gave Himself for our sins, so that He might lead us out of the present wicked age, according to the will of our God and Father:|
|RF GAL 1:5||to Whom be the honour for ever and ever. Amen.|
|RF GAL 1:6||I wonder that you are turned so soon from Him Who called you into the gift of Christ, to another gospel:|
|RF GAL 1:7||which, however, is not another; but simply a contrivance of some people to disturb you, and who wish to over turn the gospel of the Messiah.|
|RF GAL 1:8||But if even we, or a messenger from heaven, should promise you contrary to what we have promised you, let him be accursed.|
|RF GAL 1:9||As we said before, and I say yet again, if any announce a gospel different to what you received, let him be accursed.|
|RF GAL 1:10||For do I now obey men, or God? Or do I want to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ.|
|RF GAL 1:11||And I wish you to know, brothers, the gospel preached by me, that it is not human;|
|RF GAL 1:12||neither did I receive it from a man, nor did I learn it otherwise than through revelation from Jesus Christ.|
|RF GAL 1:13||For you have heard of my way of life when in Judaism, that I excessively persecuted and abused the church of God;|
|RF GAL 1:14||and outran in that Judaism all my contemporaries in my nation, possessed by an excessive zeal for my ancestral traditions.|
|RF GAL 1:15||But when it seemed good, God, Who gave me birth from my mother, and called me through His favour,|
|RF GAL 1:16||to reveal His Son in me, so that I might preach Him among the heathen, I did not consult then with flesh and blood;|
|RF GAL 1:17||neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me: but at once I went away into Arabia, and again returned to Damascus.|
|RF GAL 1:18||Then, three years after, I went up to Jerusalem to question Cephas, and stayed fifteen days with him;|
|RF GAL 1:19||but I did not see another of the apostles, except James the Lord's brother.|
|RF GAL 1:20||And note what I write to you; before God I lie not.|
|RF GAL 1:21||Then I went into the countries of Syria and Cilicia:|
|RF GAL 1:22||but I was unknown by presentation to the assemblies in Christ of Judea;|
|RF GAL 1:23||and they only heard that "Our own persecutor now preaches the gospel which he then reviled! "—|
|RF GAL 1:24||and they praised God for me.|