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The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 LUK 6:1

In the Corn Fields.
It once happened on a Sabbath that He was going through the corn-fields; and His disciples plucked the ears of corn, rubbing them in their hands, and ate them.

   
RF LUK 6:2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you what is not allowable on Sabbaths?"
   
RF LUK 6:3 Jesus answered, "Have you never read this, what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?
   
RF LUK 6:4 how he entered the house of God, and took the shew-bread, and ate it, giving also to his companions; although it is allowed to be eaten by none but the priests?
   
RF LUK 6:5 The Son of Man," He further said, "is Master even of the Sabbath."
   
RF LUK 6:6 A Withered Hand Restored.
On another Sabbath, He entered the synagogue and taught; and a man was there whose right hand was withered.
   
RF LUK 6:7 The professors and Pharisees accordingly watched Him, to see if He would cure on the Sabbath; in Order that they might lay an information against Him.
   
RF LUK 6:8 Divining their reasoning's, however, He said to the man who had the withered hand, "Get up, and stand out among us." So he arose and stood.
   
RF LUK 6:9 Jesus then said to them, "I ask you plainly, Is it allowable on the Sabbath to benefit or to injure? to save a life or to destroy it?"
   
RF LUK 6:10 Then looking round upon them all, He said to the man, "Extend your hand!" He did so; and his hand was restored like the other.
   
RF LUK 6:11 But they became mad with annoyance; and discussed among themselves what they could do to Jesus.
   
RF LUK 6:12 The Twelve Chosen.
About this time He went out, going into the mountain to pray; and He passed the whole night in prayer to God.
   
RF LUK 6:13 And when it was day, He called His disciples, and from among them He chose twelve, whom he named Apostles:
   
RF LUK 6:14 Simon, whom He also named Peter; and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;
   
RF LUK 6:15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus; Simon, who was called the Zealot;
   
RF LUK 6:16 Judah the son of James; and Judas of Iscariot, who, however, became His betrayer.
   
RF LUK 6:17 And descending with them, He stopped upon a level place, with a large number of his disciples, and a great crowd of people from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem, and the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon; who came to listen to Him, and to be cured of their mental sufferings.
   
RF LUK 6:18 Those also He cured who were tormented by foul spirits.
   
RF LUK 6:19 And all the crowd tried to touch Him; because power issued from Him, and cured them all.
   
RF LUK 6:20 The Happy and the Miserable.
Then gazing upon His disciples, He so said: "Blessed are you poor; for yours is the Kingdom of God.
   
RF LUK 6:21 "Blessed are you who hunger now; for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now; for you shall laugh.
   
RF LUK 6:22 "Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall expel and curse you, and bandy your name about as vile, for the sake of the Son of Man.
   
RF LUK 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and dance! for your reward is abundant in heaven; for their forefathers did the same to the prophets."
   
RF LUK 6:24 But alas for you who are rich! because you have taken your comfort."
   
RF LUK 6:25 "Alas for you who are filled! because you shall be hungry. Alas for you who now rejoice! because you shall mourn.
   
RF LUK 6:26 "Alas, when men speak well of you! for this was what their forefathers did of the false prophets.
   
RF LUK 6:27 The Law of Love.
"But I say to you, my hearers: Love your enemies; act nobly to those who hate you;
   
RF LUK 6:28 bless those who curse you; pray for those who assault you.
   
RF LUK 6:29 If a man strike you on one cheek, offer him the other; and if a man steal your coat, do not prevent him having your vest as well."
   
RF LUK 6:30 Give to all who beg from you; and from the plunderer of your property, plunder not again.
   
RF LUK 6:31 "And as you wish men to do In you, do the same to them.
   
RF LUK 6:32 For if you only love those who love you, what credit is it to you? for even the wicked love those who love them.
   
RF LUK 6:33 And if you only benefit those who benefit you, what credit is it to you? why, even the wicked do the same thing!
   
RF LUK 6:34 "And if you merely lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? even the wicked lend to the wicked, in order that they may receive an equivalent.
   
RF LUK 6:35 "But instead, love your enemies. "Be beneficent, and lend, expecting nothing in return. "And your reward will be abundant, and you will be the sons of the Highest. For He is benevolent both to the ungrateful and the wicked.
   
RF LUK 6:36 "Become, therefore, kind-hearted, just as your Father is kind-hearted.
   
RF LUK 6:37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged. " Condemn not and you will not be condemned. "Acquit, and you shall be acquitted.
   
RF LUK 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. Fair measure, pressed down, well-shaken, and overflowing, they will put into your bag. For with the same measure with which you measure, it will be measured back to you."
   
RF LUK 6:39 Sincerity.
He then told them a parable: "Can a blind man guide the blind? Would not both fall into a ditch?
   
RF LUK 6:40 "The pupil is not above his teacher; but every one who is perfected shall be like his teacher.
   
RF LUK 6:41 "And why do you look at the dust in your brother's; eye, when you do not notice the chip in your own eye?
   
RF LUK 6:42 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, allow me to pick the dust from your eye,' while you do not perceive the chip that is in your own eye? You play-actor! first clear away the chip from your own eye, and then you will see perfectly to remove the dust from the eye of your brother.
   
RF LUK 6:43 "That is not a good tree which produces bad fruit; nor does a worthless tree produce good fruit.
   
RF LUK 6:44 "For every tree is distinguished by its own produce. For figs are not to be picked from thorns; nor yet grapes from thistles.
   
RF LUK 6:45 "The benevolent man produces goodness from the treasured beneficence of his heart; while the depraved man produces wickedness from the treasured depravity of his heart: for out of the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.
   
RF LUK 6:46 True and False Foundations.
"Then why do you address Me, 'Master, Master,' and yet do not practice what I say?
   
RF LUK 6:47 Whoever comes to Me, and listens to My message, and complies with it, I will show you what he is like.
   
RF LUK 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who digged, and kept deepening, and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when an inundation came, and the river rushed towards that house, it could not shake it, because of its good foundation.
   
RF LUK 6:49 "But, on the other hand, the listener who does not practice, is like a man building a house without a foundation upon the land: against which the river rushed, and at once it fell in a heap; and the wreck of that house was great."
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