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 REV 17:1||
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came and spoke with me, saying: "Come here! I will show you the sentence on the great harlot who sits upon many waters;
|RF REV 17:2||she with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and who has made all the inhabitants of the earth drunk with her wine of fornication!"|
|RF REV 17:3||And in spirit he conveyed me to a desert; where I observed a Woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy, possessing seven heads and ten horns.|
|RF REV 17:4||The Woman also was dressed in purple and scarlet; and bedecked with gold, jewels, and pearls; holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filth of her prostitutions;|
|RF REV 17:5|| with a name written upon her forehead:
A SECRET; BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS, AND OF THE FILTH OF THE EARTH.
|RF REV 17:6||I also saw that the Woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And on seeing her, I wondered with a great wonder!|
|RF REV 17:7||But the angel said to me, "Because of what do you wonder? I will explain to you the secret of the Woman, as well as of the beast which carries her, possessing the seven heads and the ten horns.|
|RF REV 17:8||The beast which you see was, and is not; and is about to ascend from the abyss, and proceed to destruction. And the dwellers upon the earth, the name of whom is not recorded in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, shall be astonished when they witness the beast that was, and is not, and yet confronts them.|
|RF REV 17:9||"Approach, you who have intelligence and understanding! The seven heads are seven hills, upon which the woman sits. And there are seven kings:|
|RF REV 17:10||the five are fallen, the one exists, and the other has not appeared; but when he does appear, he must continue a short time.|
|RF REV 17:11||And as for the beast that was, and is not, he himself is the eighth, and is from the seven; but he goes into destruction.|
|RF REV 17:12||The ten horns, also, which you observed, are ten kings, who as yet have inherited no kingdom; but with the beast they are invested with kingly authority for a single hour.|
|RF REV 17:13||They will have one mind, and they will depute their power and authority to the beast.|
|RF REV 17:14||They will also wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb shall conquer them; because He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and those upon His side are chosen, and picked out, and faithful."|
|RF REV 17:15||Then he said to me: "The waters which you observed, where the harlot sits, are races, and crowds, and nations, and languages.|
|RF REV 17:16||The horns, too, which you saw upon the beast, they shall hate the harlot and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall devour her flesh, and shall consume her with fire;|
|RF REV 17:17||because God has put it into their hearts to effect His own purpose, to act in harmony in surrendering their royalty to the beast, until the intentions of God are completed.|
|RF REV 17:18||And the woman which you saw is herself the great city which dominates over the kings of the earth."|