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.
|KJVP ACT 21:1||
And it cameG1096 to pass, that afterG5613 we were gottenG645 from them, and had launchedG321, we cameG2064 with a straightG2113 courseG2113 unto CoosG2972, and the day followingG1836 unto RhodesG4499, and from thenceG1564 unto PataraG3959:
|KJVP ACT 21:2||And findingG2147 a shipG4143 sailingG1276 overG1276 unto PheniciaG5403, we wentG1910 aboardG1910, and setG321 forthG321.|
|KJVP ACT 21:3||NowG1161 when we had discoveredG398 CyprusG2954, we leftG2641 it on the leftG2176 hand, and sailedG4126 intoG1519 SyriaG4947, and landedG2609 atG1519 TyreG5184: for thereG1566 the shipG4143 was to unladeG670 her burdenG1117.|
|KJVP ACT 21:4||And findingG429 disciplesG3101, we tarriedG1961 thereG847 sevenG2033 daysG2250: whoG3748 saidG3004 to PaulG3972 throughG1223 the SpiritG4151, that he should not goG305 up to JerusalemG2419.|
|KJVP ACT 21:5||And whenG3753 we had accomplishedG1822 thoseG3588 daysG2250, we departedG1831 and wentG4198 our wayG4311; and they allG3956 broughtG4311 us onG1909 our wayG4311, with wivesG1135 and childrenG5043, tillG2193 we were out of the cityG4172: and we kneeledG5087-G1119 down onG1909 the shoreG123, and prayedG4336.|
|KJVP ACT 21:6||And when we had takenG782 our leaveG782 oneG240 of anotherG240, we tookG1910-G1519 shipG4143; and they returnedG5290 homeG2398 againG5290.|
|KJVP ACT 21:7||And when we had finishedG1274 our courseG4144 from TyreG5184, we cameG2658 to PtolemaisG4424, and salutedG782 the brethrenG80, and abodeG3306 with them oneG3391 dayG2250.|
|KJVP ACT 21:8||And the nextG1887 day we that were of Paul?sG3972 companyG4012 departedG1831, and cameG2064 unto CaesareaG2542: and we enteredG1525 intoG1519 the houseG3624 of PhilipG5376 the evangelistG2099, which was one of the sevenG2033; and abodeG3306 with him.|
|KJVP ACT 21:9||And the sameG5129 man hadG1510 fourG5064 daughtersG2364, virginsG3933, which did prophesyG4395.|
|KJVP ACT 21:10||And as we tarriedG1961 there manyG4119 daysG2250, there cameG2718 downG2718 from JudaeaG2449 a certainG5100 prophetG4396, namedG3686 AgabusG13.|
|KJVP ACT 21:11||And when he was comeG2064 unto us, he tookG142 Paul?sG3972 girdleG2223, and boundG1210 his ownG848 handsG5495 and feetG4228, and saidG2036, ThusG3592 saithG3004 the HolyG40 GhostG4151, SoG3779 shall the JewsG2453 atG1722 JerusalemG2419 bindG1210 the manG435 that ownethG2076 thisG3778 girdleG2223, and shall deliverG3860 him intoG1519 the handsG5495 of the GentilesG1484.|
|KJVP ACT 21:12||And whenG5613 we heardG191 theseG5023 things, bothG5037 we, and they of that placeG1786, besoughtG3870 him not to goG305 up to JerusalemG2419.|
|KJVP ACT 21:13||ThenG1161 PaulG3972 answeredG611, WhatG5101 meanG4160 ye to weepG2799 and to breakG4919 mineG3450 heartG2588? for I am readyG2093 not to be boundG1210 onlyG3440, but alsoG2532 to dieG599 atG1519 JerusalemG2419 for the nameG3686 of the LordG2962 JesusG2424.|
|KJVP ACT 21:14||And when he would not be persuadedG3982, we ceasedG2270, sayingG2036, The willG2307 of the LordG2962 be doneG1096.|
|KJVP ACT 21:15||And afterG3326 thoseG5025 daysG2250 we tookG643 up our carriagesG643, and wentG305 up to JerusalemG2419.|
|KJVP ACT 21:16||There wentG4905 with us alsoG2532 certain of the disciplesG3101 of CaesareaG2542, and broughtG71 with them oneG5100 MnasonG3416 of CyprusG2954, an oldG744 discipleG3101, with whomG3739 we should lodgeG3579.|
|KJVP ACT 21:17||And when we were comeG1096 to JerusalemG2414, the brethrenG80 receivedG1209 us gladlyG780.|
|KJVP ACT 21:18||And the day followingG1966 PaulG3972 wentG1524 in with us unto JamesG2385; and allG3956 the eldersG4245 were presentG3854.|
|KJVP ACT 21:19||And when he had salutedG782 them, he declaredG1834 particularlyG1520-G1538-G2596 whatG3739 things GodG2316 had wroughtG4160 amongG1722 the GentilesG1484 by his ministryG1248.|
|KJVP ACT 21:20||And when they heardG191 it, they glorifiedG1392 the LordG2962, and saidG2036 unto him, Thou seestG2334, brotherG80, howG4214 manyG4214 thousandsG3461 of JewsG2453 there are whichG3588 believeG4100; and they are allG3956 zealousG2207 of the lawG3551:|
|KJVP ACT 21:21||And they are informedG2727 of thee, that thou teachestG1321 allG3956 the JewsG2453 which are amongG2596 the GentilesG1484 to forsakeG646-G575 MosesG3475, sayingG3004 that they ought not to circumciseG4059 their childrenG5043, neitherG3366 to walkG4043 after the customsG1485.|
|KJVP ACT 21:22||WhatG5101 is it thereforeG3767? the multitudeG4128 mustG1163 needsG3843 comeG4905 togetherG4905: for they will hearG191 that thou art comeG2064.|
|KJVP ACT 21:23||DoG4160 thereforeG3767 thisG5124 that we sayG3004 to thee: We haveG1526 fourG5064 menG435 which haveG2192 a vowG2171 onG1909 them;|
|KJVP ACT 21:24||Them takeG3880, and purifyG48 thyself with them, and be atG1159 chargesG1159 with them, that they may shaveG3587 their headsG2776: and allG3956 may knowG1097 that those things, whereof they were informedG2727 concerningG4012 thee, are nothingG3762; but that thou thyselfG846 alsoG2532 walkestG4748 orderlyG4748, and keepestG5442 the lawG3551.|
|KJVP ACT 21:25||As touchingG4012 the GentilesG1484 which believeG4100, we haveG2192 writtenG1989 and concludedG2919 that they observeG5083 noG3367 suchG5108 thing, saveG1508 only that they keepG5442 themselves from things offeredG1494 to idolsG1494, and from bloodG129, and from strangledG4156, and from fornicationG4202.|
|KJVP ACT 21:26||ThenG5119 PaulG3972 tookG3880 the menG435, and the nextG2192 dayG2250 purifyingG48 himself with them enteredG1524 intoG1519 the templeG2411, to signifyG1229 the accomplishmentG1604 of the daysG2250 of purificationG49, untilG2193 that an offeringG4376 should be offeredG4374 for everyG1538 oneG1520 of them.|
|KJVP ACT 21:27||And whenG5613 the sevenG2033 daysG2250 were almostG3195 endedG4931, the JewsG2453 which were of AsiaG773, when they sawG2300 him in the templeG2411, stirredG4797 up allG3956 the peopleG3793, and laidG1911 handsG5495 onG1909 him,|
|KJVP ACT 21:28||CryingG2896 out, MenG435 of IsraelG2475, helpG997: ThisG3778 is the manG444, that teachethG1321 allG3956 men everyG3837 whereG3837 againstG2596 the peopleG2992, and the lawG3551, and thisG5126 placeG5117: and furtherG2089 broughtG1521 GreeksG1672 alsoG2532 intoG1519 the templeG2411, and hath pollutedG2840 thisG5127 holyG40 placeG5117.|
|KJVP ACT 21:29||(For they had seenG4308 beforeG4308 with him in the cityG4172 TrophimusG5161 an EphesianG2180, whomG3739 they supposedG3543 that PaulG3972 had broughtG1521 intoG1519 the templeG2411.)|
|KJVP ACT 21:30||And allG3650 the cityG4172 was movedG2795, and the peopleG2992 ranG4890 togetherG4890: and they tookG1949 PaulG3972, and drewG1670 him out of the templeG2411: and forthwithG2112 the doorsG2374 were shutG2808.|
|KJVP ACT 21:31||And as they wentG2212 aboutG2212 to killG615 him, tidingsG5334 cameG305 unto the chiefG5506 captainG5506 of the bandG4686, that allG3650 JerusalemG2419 was in an uproarG4797.|
|KJVP ACT 21:32||WhoG3739 immediatelyG1824 tookG3880 soldiersG4757 and centurionsG1543, and ranG2701 downG2701 unto them: and when they sawG1492 the chiefG5506 captainG5506 and the soldiersG4757, they leftG3973 beatingG5180 of PaulG3972.|
|KJVP ACT 21:33||ThenG5119 the chiefG5506 captainG5506 cameG1448 nearG1448, and tookG1949 him, and commandedG2753 him to be boundG1210 with twoG1417 chainsG254; and demandedG4441 whoG5101 he was, and whatG5101 he had doneG4160.|
|KJVP ACT 21:34||And someG243 criedG994 one thing, someG243 anotherG243, amongG1722 the multitudeG3793: and when he couldG1410 not knowG1097 the certaintyG804 for the tumultG2351, he commandedG2753 him to be carriedG71 intoG1519 the castleG3925.|
|KJVP ACT 21:35||And whenG3753 he cameG1096 upon the stairsG304, soG4819 it was, that he was borneG941 of the soldiersG4757 for the violenceG970 of the peopleG3793.|
|KJVP ACT 21:36||For the multitudeG4128 of the peopleG2992 followedG190 after, cryingG2896, AwayG142 with him.|
|KJVP ACT 21:37||And as PaulG3972 was to be ledG1521 intoG1519 the castleG3925, he saidG3004 unto the chiefG5506 captainG5506, MayG1832 I speakG2036 unto thee? WhoG3588 saidG5346, CanstG1097 thou speakG1097 GreekG1676?|
|KJVP ACT 21:38||ArtG1488 not thou that EgyptianG124, which beforeG4253 theseG5130 daysG2250 madestG387 an uproarG387, and leddestG1806 out intoG1519 the wildernessG2048 fourG5070 thousandG5070 menG435 that were murderersG4607?|
|KJVP ACT 21:39||But PaulG3972 saidG2036, I amG1510 a manG444 which am a JewG2453 of TarsusG5018, a cityG4172 in CiliciaG2791, a citizenG4177 of noG3756 meanG767 cityG4172: and, I beseechG1189 thee, sufferG2010 me to speakG2980 unto the peopleG2992.|
|KJVP ACT 21:40||And when he had given him licenceG2010, PaulG3972 stoodG2476 onG1909 the stairsG304, and beckonedG2678 with the handG5495 unto the peopleG2992. And when there was madeG1096 a greatG4183 silenceG4602, he spakeG4377 unto them in the HebrewG1446 tongueG1258, sayingG3004,|