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 12:1||
|RF MAT 12:2||The Pharisees seeing it, however, said to Him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what the law forbids to be done on the Sabbath."|
|RF MAT 12:3||But in reply He said to them, "Do you not know what David did when he and those with him were hungry;|
|RF MAT 12:4||how he entered the house of God, and ate the shew-bread, which it was not permissible for him, nor yet for his attendants, to eat, but the priests alone?|
|RF MAT 12:5||Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath the sacrificing priests may break the Sabbath, and be blameless?|
|RF MAT 12:6||But here, I tell you, there is something more important than the temple.|
|RF MAT 12:7||If, however, you had been acquainted with the text, I DESIRE MERCY RATHER THAN SACRIFICE 1 you would not have condemned the innocent.|
|RF MAT 12:8||For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."|
|RF MAT 12:9||Then taking His departure, He entered their synagogue;|
|RF MAT 12:10||and a man with a paralyzed hand happening to be there, they asked of Him if it was allowable to effect a cure on the Sabbath? so that they might incriminate Him.|
|RF MAT 12:11||But, in reply, He said to them, "Who is there among you, that has a single sheep, and if it should fall into a ditch on the Sabbath, would not get hold of it, and lift it out?|
|RF MAT 12:12||By how much does a man differ from a sheep! Therefore it is allowable to do a kindness on the Sabbath."|
|RF MAT 12:13||He then said to the man, "Stretch out your band!" He accordingly extended it, and it was restored to soundness like the other one.|
|RF MAT 12:14|| The Plotting of the Pharisees.
The Pharisees consequently consulted together against Him, so as to find out a means of murdering Him;
|RF MAT 12:15||but Jesus knowing it, removed from there. And great crowds following Him, He cured them all,|
|RF MAT 12:16||and enjoined them not to make Him known;|
|RF MAT 12:17||so that the prediction delivered through Isaiah the prophet might be verified:|
|RF MAT 12:18|| OBSERVE MY SON, WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN; MY BELOVED, IN WHOM MY SOUL DELIGHTS! I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT INTO HIM, AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE HEATHEN.
|RF MAT 12:19||HE WILL NEITHER WRANGLE NOR CONTEND; NOR SHALL ANY HEAR HIS SHOUTING IN THE STREETS.|
|RF MAT 12:20||HE WILL NOT CRUSH A BRUISED REED, NOR EXTINGUISH A FLICKERING LIGHT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.|
|RF MAT 12:21||AND IN HIS NAME SHALL THE NATIONS HOPE .1|
|RF MAT 12:22|| A Blind and Dumb Man Cured.
They then brought to Him a blind and dumb demoniac; and He cured him, so that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw.
|RF MAT 12:23||And all the crowd were astonished, and said, "Must not this be the Son of David?"|
|RF MAT 12:24||But the Pharisees, who heard it, replied, "This fellow does not cast out demons, except by the help of Beelzebub, who rules over those demons!|
|RF MAT 12:25||"Then Jesus, Who read their thoughts, answered them: "Any kingdom divided against itself is desolated; and no city or house divided against itself can hold together:|
|RF MAT 12:26||so if Satan expels Satan, he is divided against himself; how, therefore, can his kingdom hold together?|
|RF MAT 12:27||And if I cast out demons through the help of Beelzebub, by whose help do your own followers cast them out? by that they should be your judges!|
|RF MAT 12:28||But if I, by a Divine energy, cast out the demons, then the Kingdom of God has burst out above you!|
|RF MAT 12:29||How, indeed, can anyone enter the house of that strong man, and destroy his armaments, unless he can first overpower his strength? Then he may plunder his dwelling.|
|RF MAT 12:30|| Blasphemy.
"Whoever is not on My side, is against Me; and whoever does not gather with Me, scatters.
|RF MAT 12:31||Because of this, I tell you, Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven to men; but the blasphemy of the Spirit will never be forgiven to men.|
|RF MAT 12:32||And if one gives expression to a thought against the Son of Man, he may be forgiven; but if one shall speak insultingly of the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither at the present time, nor in the future.|
|RF MAT 12:33||Assume the tree to be good, when its fruit is good; or assume that the tree is worthless, when its fruit is worthless: for the tree is known by its fruit.|
|RF MAT 12:34||You venomous breed! how can you preach purity, when you are yourselves depraved? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart!|
|RF MAT 12:35||The beneficent man draws from his treasury of purity, goodness; and the depraved man can only produce depravity, from his stores of depravity!|
|RF MAT 12:36||I tell you, however, that every vile idea that men give expression to, they shall render a reason for it in the Day of Judgment.|
|RF MAT 12:37||For by your thoughts you will be acquitted, and by your thoughts you will be convicted."|
|RF MAT 12:38|| The Pharisees want a proof.
Some of the professors and Pharisees then addressed Him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You."
|RF MAT 12:39||But in reply He said to them: "Does a depraved and debauched race ask for a Divine sign? None, however, will be given it other than the sign of the prophet Jonah;|
|RF MAT 12:40||for as Jonah was for three days and three nights in the hold of the Whale, thus shall the Son of Man be for three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.|
|RF MAT 12:41||The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the Judgment against this generation, and convict it; for they reformed under the preaching of Jonah: and now a mightier than Jonah is here|
|RF MAT 12:42||The Queen of the South shall rise up in the Judgment against this generation, and convict it; because she came from the most distant parts of the earth to learn the wisdom of Solomon: and yet a greater than Solomon is here!|
|RF MAT 12:43||When, however, the foul spirit has gone out from a man, it wanders about in waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none.|
|RF MAT 12:44||Then it reflects, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and returning, he finds it quite ready for him, cleaned and decorated.|
|RF MAT 12:45||He accordingly goes, and takes along with him seven other spirits more depraved than himself; and entering, they live there: and the last state Of that man is worse than the first. It will be the same with this debased race."|
|RF MAT 12:46||While He was still speaking to the crowd, His mother and His brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with Him.|
|RF MAT 12:47||And some one said to Him, "See, Your mother and brothers are outside, wishing to speak to You."|
|RF MAT 12:48||Addressing the one who told Him, however, He asked, "Who is My mother? and who are My brothers?|
|RF MAT 12:49||"Then extending His hand in the direction of His disciples, He said, "Why, those are My mother and My brothers!|
|RF MAT 12:50||For whoever does the will of My Father Who is in heaven, he is My brother, and sister, and mother!|