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 11:1||
Now it came about that when Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He dismissed them to teach and preach in their own towns.
|RF MAT 11:2|| Concerning John the Baptizer.
When John heard in the prison the doings of the Messiah, he sent two of his own disciples to ask Him,
|RF MAT 11:3||"Are You the coming One? or must we expect another?"|
|RF MAT 11:4||And Jesus, in reply, said to them, "When you return, report to John what you have heard and seen.|
|RF MAT 11:5||The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and to the poor is given hope.|
|RF MAT 11:6||And happy is he who will not be ashamed of Me."|
|RF MAT 11:7||But when they had gone, Jesus began to say to the crowd concerning John: "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed dancing under the wind?|
|RF MAT 11:8||But what did you go out to see? A man attired in fine clothes? Those, however, who wear fine clothing are in the houses of kings.|
|RF MAT 11:9||What then did you go to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet:|
|RF MAT 11:10||for he is the one about whom it is written, SEE I WILL SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE YOUR FACE, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.1|
|RF MAT 11:11||"I tell you indeed, that there has not been born of women a more exalted than John the Baptizer. Yet the very least in the Kingdom of Heaven is more exalted than he.|
|RF MAT 11:12||But since the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven is stormed, and the stormers will seize it.|
|RF MAT 11:13||For all the prophets as well as the law foretold as far as John.|
|RF MAT 11:14||And if you will accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.|
|RF MAT 11:15||Let all hear who have ears to hear.|
|RF MAT 11:16||"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, calling out to their mates,|
|RF MAT 11:17||and saying, ' We have piped to you, but you are not dancing; we have mourned to you, but you will not lament!'|
|RF MAT 11:18||John came neither eating nor drinking, and so they say 'He has a demon!'|
|RF MAT 11:19||The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look! what a greedy, drunken fellow! A friend of tax-farmers and blackguards!' Yet Wisdom is justified by her children."|
|RF MAT 11:20|| The Unrepentant Towns.
He then began to reproach the towns in which most of His powers had been displayed, because they were not converted.
|RF MAT 11:21||"Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! Because if the powers displayed in you had been shown in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes.|
|RF MAT 11:22||I tell you further, that it will be more endurable for Tyre and Sidon in the Day of Judgment than for you!|
|RF MAT 11:23||And you, Capernaum, who have been raised as high as the heaven, will be thrown down as low as the grave; for if the powers which were displayed in you bad been brought to Sodom, it would have existed until now.|
|RF MAT 11:24||Nay, more, I tell you that it will be easier for the land of the Sodomites in the Day of Judgment than for you!"|
|RF MAT 11:25|| Knowledge and Rest.
Jesus at that time reflecting, said, "I fully acknowledge Your wisdom, Father, Lord of the heavens and of the earth, that you have hidden these things from the intelligent and clever, but have made them known to simple men.
|RF MAT 11:26||Yes, Father; for thus it was decided of old by You.|
|RF MAT 11:27||All has been committed to Me under My Father: and none except the Father fully knows the Son; and none fully knows the Father but the Son, and the one to whom the Son will decide to reveal Him.|
|RF MAT 11:28||"Come to Me, all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.|
|RF MAT 11:29||Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and kind-hearted: and you will find rest for your souls;|
|RF MAT 11:30|| because My yoke is easy, and My burden light."
1 Malachi 3.1