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 15:1||
True and False Religion.
|RF MAT 15:2||"Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."|
|RF MAT 15:3||"Why," asked Jesus, in reply to them, "Do you transgress the command of God by means of your own tradition?|
|RF MAT 15:4||For God commanded, HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER1; and, HE WHO NEGLECTS FATHER OR MOTHER, LET HIS END BE DEATH'|
|RF MAT 15:5||But you say, 'If anyone should say to his father or mother, What I might assist you with is consecrated to God;|
|RF MAT 15:6||then he need not assist his father or mother': and thus you set aside the command of God by your tradition.|
|RF MAT 15:7||You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said,|
|RF MAT 15:8||THIS PEOPLE COME NEAR, TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOUR ME WITH THEIR LIPS; BUT THEIR HEARTS RUN AWAY FROM ME.|
|RF MAT 15:9||So IN VAIN DO THEY PAY ME HOMAGE, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES COMMANDS OF MEN!"|
|RF MAT 15:10||Then having called the crowd to Him, He addressed them, saying, "Listen and understand!|
|RF MAT 15:11||What goes into the mouth does not corrupt the man; but what comes out of his mouth does corrupt him."|
|RF MAT 15:12||His disciples, however, approaching Him, said, "Do you not see that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard Your assertion?"|
|RF MAT 15:13||But He replied, "Every plant that has not been planted by My heavenly Father shall be uprooted.|
|RF MAT 15:14||Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind: but when the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a ditch."|
|RF MAT 15:15||Peter then making answer, said to Him, "Explain this puzzle to us."|
|RF MAT 15:16||But Jesus replied, "Are you ignorant even yet?|
|RF MAT 15:17||Do you not know that everything going into the mouth proceeds to the stomach, and is from there evacuated?|
|RF MAT 15:18||But what come out from the mouth proceed from the heart, and corrupt the man.|
|RF MAT 15:19||For there come from the heart wicked thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, perjuries, blasphemies.|
|RF MAT 15:20|| These are what corrupt the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not corrupt the man."
1. Exod xx.12
2. Exod Xxi.17
3. Isa xxix. 13
|RF MAT 15:21|| Faith Rewarded.
When Jesus removed from there, He proceeded to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
|RF MAT 15:22||And there a Canaanitish woman of that part, running, called out to Him, saying, "Pity me, Master, Son of David My daughter is horribly possessed with demons!"|
|RF MAT 15:23||But not a word did He answer her. His disciples then advanced and begged Him to "Relieve her; because she calls after us."|
|RF MAT 15:24||In reply, however, He said, "I was not sent to other than the lost sheep of Israel's house."|
|RF MAT 15:25||But she approaching, paid Him homage, saying, "Master, help me!"|
|RF MAT 15:26||"It is not right," was His reply, "to take the children's bread, and throw if to the dogs!"|
|RF MAT 15:27||"Most true, Master," she said; "yet even the dogs feed upon the crumbs falling from their masters' table."|
|RF MAT 15:28||"Noble woman!" exclaimed Jesus, in reply to her; "how firm your faith! Let it be even as you desire." And her daughter was restored from that very hour.|
|RF MAT 15:29||And when Jesus removed from there, He came along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and ascending the hill, He sat down.|
|RF MAT 15:30||Great crowds then approached Him, bringing with them the lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and they threw them down near the feet of Jesus;|
|RF MAT 15:31||and He restored them: so that the crowd wondered, observing the dumb speaking, the maimed made sound, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they praised the God of Israel.|
|RF MAT 15:32|| Four Thousand Fed.
Jesus then calling His disciples to Him, said, "I feel pity for the crowd; because they have now stayed with Me three days, and they have nothing to eat. I do not wish to send them away starving, for fear they should faint on the road."
|RF MAT 15:33||And the disciples asked Him, "Where can we procure bread enough in a desert like this, to satisfy such a crowd?"|
|RF MAT 15:34|| "How many loaves have you?" Jesus asked them.
"Seven, and a few small fishes," was their reply.
|RF MAT 15:35||He accordingly ordered the crowd to be reclined upon the ground;|
|RF MAT 15:36||and taking the seven loaves and the fishes, giving thanks, He broke and handed to His disciples, and the disciples to the crowd.|
|RF MAT 15:37||And they all ate and were satisfied; and of the broken pieces left over, they afterwards gathered up seven baskets-full.|
|RF MAT 15:38||And those who had partaken numbered four thousand men, besides women and children.|
|RF MAT 15:39||Then having dismissed the crowd, He took the boat, and came to the neighborhood of Magdala.|