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 MAT 10:1||
Then calling together His twelve disciples, He gave them power over unclean spirits, so that they might cast them out, as well as cure every kind of mental disease and all sickness.
|RF MAT 10:2|| Mission of the twelve.
Now these are the names of those twelve apostles: First, Simon, surnamed Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
|RF MAT 10:3||Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax-farmer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, surnamed Thaddeus;|
|RF MAT 10:4||Simon the Canaanite, and Judas the Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.|
|RF MAT 10:5||Jesus sent out these twelve, giving them these instructions: "Do not turn aside into the heathen districts, nor enter the towns of the Samaritans;|
|RF MAT 10:6||but rather go to the lost sheep of Israel's house.|
|RF MAT 10:7||And, as you travel, proclaim the fact that the Kingdom of Heaven is approaching.|
|RF MAT 10:8||Restore the feeble, cure the lepers, cast out demons; you have received freely, give freely.|
|RF MAT 10:9||Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor copper in your purses;|
|RF MAT 10:10||nor yet a bag for the journey, nor two cloaks, nor shoes, nor staff: for the workman is worthy of his food.|
|RF MAT 10:11||And into whatever town or village you may enter, inquire who in it is of good repute: stay there until you leave it.|
|RF MAT 10:12||And when entering a house, show respect to it.|
|RF MAT 10:13||And if the family are worthy of you, let your blessing come upon it; but if it should prove unworthy, keep your blessing to yourselves.|
|RF MAT 10:14||"And if it will not receive you, nor listen to your discourse, departing from that family or that town, shake the dust from your feet.|
|RF MAT 10:15||I tell you indeed, that it will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment, than for that town.|
|RF MAT 10:16||"I now send you like sheep into the midst of wolves; be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.|
|RF MAT 10:17||But guard yourselves from those men: for they will take you to the police-courts, and will flog you in their synagogues;|
|RF MAT 10:18||and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of Me, so that you may give evidence to them and to the heathen about Me.|
|RF MAT 10:19||But when they betray you, do not trouble as to what you can say; for in that hour you will be instructed what to say.|
|RF MAT 10:20||You are not the speakers; but the Spirit of your Father will plead from within you.|
|RF MAT 10:21||Then brother will betray brother to death, and father his child; and children will rise up against parents, and murder them.|
|RF MAT 10:22||And you shall be hated by all for My Name's sake; but whoever endures to the end will be saved.|
|RF MAT 10:23||When, however, they persecute you in this town, fly into the other; for I assure you that you will not have completed the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.|
|RF MAT 10:24||The scholar is not greater than his teacher, nor a servant above his master.|
|RF MAT 10:25||It is enough if the scholar can become equal to his teacher, and the servant equal to his master. If they call the master of the house Beelzebub, how much rather his attendants!|
|RF MAT 10:26||Be not therefore afraid of them: for there is nothing concealed that will not be displayed; nor hidden which shall not become known.|
|RF MAT 10:27||What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what is whispered to your ear, proclaim it upon the housetops.|
|RF MAT 10:28||And do not shrink in fear from those who kill the body, for they are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who has power to destroy both soul and body in the Pit.|
|RF MAT 10:29||"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them has fallen to the ground without your Father!|
|RF MAT 10:30||And even the hairs of your head are numbered.|
|RF MAT 10:31||Fear not, therefore! You are worth many sparrows.|
|RF MAT 10:32||Consequently, whoever declares for Me before men, I also will recognize him before My Father Who is in heaven;|
|RF MAT 10:33||but whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father Who is in heaven.|
|RF MAT 10:34||"Do not conclude that I have come to send peace upon the earth; I have not come to send peace, but a sword!|
|RF MAT 10:35||For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and the bride against her mother-in-law;|
|RF MAT 10:36||and the enemies of every man will be his own relatives.|
|RF MAT 10:37||Whoever prefers his father or his mother before Me, is not worthy of Me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me;|
|RF MAT 10:38||and whoever will not take up his cross and follow Me, is unworthy of Me! Whoever finds his life will lose it;|
|RF MAT 10:39||but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.|
|RF MAT 10:40||"Who receives you, receives Me; and My entertainer entertains the One Who sent Me.|
|RF MAT 10:41||When a man entertains a prophet, he will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever receives the righteous because he is righteous, will receive a righteous reward.|
|RF MAT 10:42||And if any give one of the least of them but a drink of cold water because he is a disciple, I tell you indeed, that he shall not go unrewarded."|