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 GAL 5:1||
Stand, therefore, on the freedom with which Christ has freed us, and submit not again to a yoke of slavery.
|RF GAL 5:2||Listen to what I, Paul, tell you: that if you be circumcised, Christ profits you nothing.|
|RF GAL 5:3||And I assert, to every circumcised man, that he is bound to practice the whole ritual.|
|RF GAL 5:4||Whoever of you are made righteous by a ritual, you are detached from Christ—you are fallen from the gift|
|RF GAL 5:5||For we received hope of righteousness from a spirit of faith.|
|RF GAL 5:6||For in Christ neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision strengthens; but faith energized by love.|
|RF GAL 5:7||You were running well: who tripped you into not going true?|
|RF GAL 5:8||That signal was not given from your Leader.|
|RF GAL 5:9||A little ferment ferments the whole mass.|
|RF GAL 5:10||But I trust to you in the Lord that you do not intend differently; but your disturber shall be punished for his fault, whoever be may be is.|
|RF GAL 5:11||But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? for then the offence of the cross would be destroyed.|
|RF GAL 5:12||And I wish those who mutilate you would maim themselves.|
|RF GAL 5:13||For you were called to freedom, brethren; only use not that freedom as an excuse for sensuality; but through love you should serve one another.|
|RF GAL 5:14||For all the law is completed in one expression—in this: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.1|
|RF GAL 5:15||But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not mutually exterminated.|
|RF GAL 5:16||However, I say, Walk spiritually, and do not gratify sensual passion.|
|RF GAL 5:17||For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these oppose one another, so that you do not what you would wish.|
|RF GAL 5:18||But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under a ritual.|
|RF GAL 5:19||And the works of the flesh are plain; they are these: fornication, uncleanness, excess,|
|RF GAL 5:20||idolatry, poisoning, hatred, strife, rage, lusts, contentions, discussions, sectarianism,|
|RF GAL 5:21||envy, murder, drunkenness, reveling—and all such like. What I said formerly to you I also say now, that those who practice these will not inherit the Kingdom of God.|
|RF GAL 5:22||But the fruit of the Spirit is love, gladness, peace, patience, gentleness, purity, faith,|
|RF GAL 5:23||mildness, continence; there is no law against these.|
|RF GAL 5:24||And the men of Christ have crucified the body, together with its passions and lusts.|
|RF GAL 5:25||If we live spiritually, we should also drill ourselves spiritually.|
|RF GAL 5:26|| Let us not become vain-glorious, provoking one another, irritating one another.
1. Lev 29:18