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 13:1||
The Parable of the Sower.
|RF MAT 13:2||And a great crowd about Him, so that He ascended into a boat, and sat down in it; while all the crowd stood upon the shore.|
|RF MAT 13:3||And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying:|
|RF MAT 13:4||"It happened that a sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured it."|
|RF MAT 13:5||"Another part fell upon stony land, where the soil was not deep enough; and it sprouted very quickly on account of the shallowness of the soil: but when the sun arose,|
|RF MAT 13:6||it was scorched, and it also withered for want of root.|
|RF MAT 13:7||And another lot fell among the thistles, and the thistles grew up and choked it. But the rest fell upon good land,|
|RF MAT 13:8||and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.|
|RF MAT 13:9||Whoever has ears to hear, let him listen!"|
|RF MAT 13:10|| The Rationale of the Parables.
His disciples approaching Him, afterwards asked, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
|RF MAT 13:11||"Because," He answered, "it is granted to you to become acquainted with the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven; but it is not granted to others.|
|RF MAT 13:12||For whoever has a possession, it will increase with him; but the one who possesses nothing, even what he has will be torn from him.|
|RF MAT 13:13||I therefore speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they do not hear, neither will they understand.|
|RF MAT 13:14||Thus by them is verified the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: LISTEN TO A SOUND, AND NEVER UNDERSTAND IT; AND SEEING, SEE, BUT NEVER PERCEIVE.|
|RF MAT 13:15||FOR THE HEART OR THIS PEOPLE IS STUPEFIED, AND THEY LISTEN WITH LOADED EARS, AND THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED: FEARING THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEARTS, AND TURN BACK, AND I WOULD RESTORE THEM. 1|
|RF MAT 13:16||"But your eyes are happy, because they see; and your ears, because they can listen.|
|RF MAT 13:17||For I tell you truly, that many prophets and good men have ardently desired to see what you see, and have not seen it; and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.|
|RF MAT 13:18||Listen therefore to the parable of the sower.|
|RF MAT 13:19||When any one hears the message of the Kingdom of Heaven, and does not comprehend, the Devil comes and snatches what was scattered in his heart.|
|RF MAT 13:20||Thus it is with that sown along the roadside. But that sown upon stony land, that is the one who hears the discourse, and accepts it immediately with pleasure;|
|RF MAT 13:21||but being without root in himself, he is therefore temporary: and when trouble or persecution comes against the truth, he at once falls away.|
|RF MAT 13:22||Now as to what was sown among the thistles: that is the one who listens to the message; but the anxieties of this age, and the slavedom of wealth suffocate the message, and it becomes fruit less.|
|RF MAT 13:23||Now as to that which falls upon good soil: that is the man who listens to the reason, and comprehends it; he consequently produces grain, it may be to the extent of a hundred, sixty, or thirty- fold."|
|RF MAT 13:24||The Parable of the Weeds. Continuing, He put before them another parable: "I may compare the Kingdom of Heaven to a man sowing good seed in his field;|
|RF MAT 13:25||but while his men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds among the wheat, and went away.|
|RF MAT 13:26||However, when the plant shot out, and should have produced grain, then the weeds were also seen.|
|RF MAT 13:27||Then his servants coming to the farmer, asked him, ' Did you not, sir, sow perfect seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?'|
|RF MAT 13:28|| And in reply to them he said, 'Some enemy must have done this.' His servants then asked, 'Do you wish us to go and pull them up?'
1. Isa 6.9-10
|RF MAT 13:29||'No!' was his reply; 'lest while you are plucking up the weeds, you should uproot the wheat along with them.|
|RF MAT 13:30||Allow both of them to grow together until the harvest: and during the harvest I will say to the reapers, First collect the weeds, and bind them into bundles to burn; but store up the wheat into my granaries.'"|
|RF MAT 13:31|| The Parable of the Mustard and the Fermented Flour.
He also told them another parable, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard, which a man took and sowed in his field.
|RF MAT 13:32||This is the smallest of such seeds; but when it grows up, it is the largest of all garden herbs, and becomes a bush, so that the birds of the air come and shelter among its branches."|
|RF MAT 13:33||He told them another parable: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and mixed in three stones of flour, so that the whole was fermented by it."|
|RF MAT 13:34|| Explanation of the Parable.
Jesus spoke the whole Of this to the crowd in parables; and without a parable He seldom spoke to them:
|RF MAT 13:35|| so that the statement delivered through the prophet might be fulfilled, which says:
I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES;
I WILL DIG UP WHAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.1
|RF MAT 13:36||Then Jesus, sending the crowd away, went into the house; and His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."|
|RF MAT 13:37||And replying to them He said, "The sower of the perfect seed is the Son of Man;|
|RF MAT 13:38||the field is the world; the perfect seed are the sons of the Kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the wicked;|
|RF MAT 13:39||while the enemy who sowed them is the Devil; the harvest is the completion of the age; and the reapers are the angels.|
|RF MAT 13:40||Just as they collect the weeds and burn them, so it will be at the end of this period.|
|RF MAT 13:41|| The Son of Man will send His messengers, and will collect out of His Kingdom every offensive thing, and whatever causes sin;
1. Psa 78:2
|RF MAT 13:42||and will throw them into the furnace of fire, where will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.|
|RF MAT 13:43||Then the righteous shall shine out like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let all listen who have ears to hear!|
|RF MAT 13:44|| Illustrations of the Kingdom.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is comparable to a buried treasure in a field, which, if a man finds, he covers up and in his delight he goes and sells whatever he possesses to enable him to buy that field.
|RF MAT 13:45||"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the look-out for valuable pearls;|
|RF MAT 13:46||who, having found a particular one of very great value, goes and disposes of all the others he has, and buys it.|
|RF MAT 13:47||"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a drag-net, which has been spread out in the sea, and collects all kinds. Then, when full, they draw it up on the beach;|
|RF MAT 13:48||and sitting down they select the good into baskets, and cast the bad away.|
|RF MAT 13:49||Thus it will be at the completion of the period.|
|RF MAT 13:50||The angels will pick out and carry away the wicked from the midst of the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.|
|RF MAT 13:51||"Do you," asked Jesus, "understand all this?" "Yes, Lord," was their reply.|
|RF MAT 13:52||"Since that is the case," He further said to them, "every teacher who has been trained into the Kingdom of Heaven is like one who is the master of a house, who brings out from his stores what is new as well as what is old."|
|RF MAT 13:53|| The Prophet Without Honor.
Now when Jesus had finished these parables, He removed from there.
|RF MAT 13:54||And coming into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue; and so greatly astonished were they, that they asked, "Where has this Man acquired this knowledge and power?|
|RF MAT 13:55||Is He not the son of that carpenter? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James, Joseph, Simon, and Judah?|
|RF MAT 13:56||And His sisters, are they not all here with us? Where then did He attain all this?"|
|RF MAT 13:57|| And they were embarrassed concerning Him.
Jesus, however, said to them, "A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country, and in his own house."
|RF MAT 13:58||And He did not display much power there, because of their unbelief.|