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 16:1||
Concerning the Pharisees and Sadducees.
|RF MAT 16:2||In response, however, He told them, "When evening comes, you say, ' Sign of fine weather, for the sky is fiery.'|
|RF MAT 16:3||In the morning, 'It will be stormy, for the sky is fiery and threatening.' You pretenders! You know how to read the face of the sky; why not the signs of the times?|
|RF MAT 16:4||This depraved and corrupt race are in search of a sign; and no sign shall be given to it other than the sign of Jonah the prophet." And leaving them, He went away.|
|RF MAT 16:5||And upon reaching the other side, His disciples found that they had forgotten to bring bread.|
|RF MAT 16:6||Jesus then addressing them, said, "Look out, and take care to keep free from the ferment of the Pharisees and Sadducees."|
|RF MAT 16:7||But they, reflecting, said among themselves, "It is because we have brought no bread."|
|RF MAT 16:8||Jesus perceiving this, however, said, "You skeptics! Why do you debate among yourselves because you have not brought bread?|
|RF MAT 16:9||Besides, do you not know, nor remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many bags you collected;|
|RF MAT 16:10||Nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered up?|
|RF MAT 16:11||Why do you not understand that I spoke not to you concerning bread, but about avoiding the ferment of the Pharisees and Sadducees?"|
|RF MAT 16:12||They then fully comprehended that He had not told them to guard against the ferment of the bread of the Pharisees and Sadducees, but about avoiding their teaching.|
|RF MAT 16:13|| The Promise to Peter.
Now when Jesus arrived at the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of Man is?"
|RF MAT 16:14||They replied, "Some say, John the Baptizer; others Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."|
|RF MAT 16:15||He said to them, "But Who do you say that I am?"|
|RF MAT 16:16||Then Simon Peter, replying, said, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"|
|RF MAT 16:17||Jesus answering said to him: "You are happy, Simon Bar-Jona; because flesh and blood have not revealed it to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.|
|RF MAT 16:18||And I also tell you that you are a stone; and upon this Rock I will build My church, and the gates of the Grave shall not overpower it.|
|RF MAT 16:19||And to you I will give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you may bind upon earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you may dissolve upon earth shall be dissolved in heaven."|
|RF MAT 16:20||He then enjoined His disciples to tell no one that He was the Messiah.|
|RF MAT 16:21|| Peter's Mistake.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and endure much from the elders, chief priests, and professors, and be murdered, and raised up the third day.
|RF MAT 16:22||But Peter, taking His hand, began to remonstrate with Him, saying, "Mercy on You, Master! This will never happen to You."|
|RF MAT 16:23||Turning round, however, He said to Peter, "Depart from Me, you enemy! you are a stumbling-block to Me; because you do not reflect upon the thoughts of God, but of men.|
|RF MAT 16:24|| Renouncement of Self.
Addressing His disciples, Jesus then said: "If any one desires to come after Me, let him deny Himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
|RF MAT 16:25||But whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; and if he should lose his life for My sake, he shall find it.|
|RF MAT 16:26||For what would it benefit a man, if he gain the whole world, but should lose his life? or what will a man give in exchange for his life?|
|RF MAT 16:27||For the Son of Man will come in the future in the majesty of His Father, accompanied by His angels; and then HE WILL REWARD EVERY ONE IN PROPORTION to His ACTIONS1|
|RF MAT 16:28|| I tell you indeed, that there are some of those standing here who shall not taste of death, until they see the Son of Man entering His own Kingdom."
1. Job 34. ii.