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 19:1||
Marriage and Divorce.
|RF MAT 19:2||and great crowds following Him, He cured them there.|
|RF MAT 19:3||And the Pharisees came to put Him to the test; and they asked Him, "Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any fault?"|
|RF MAT 19:4||In reply to them He asked: "Have you not read that the One Who made them, made them from the beginning male and female,|
|RF MAT 19:5||and said, FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLING TO HIS WIFE, AND THEY TWO SHALL BECOME AS ONE PERSON? 1|
|RF MAT 19:6||They are therefore no longer two, but a single body. What then God has united, let it not be separated by man."|
|RF MAT 19:7||"Why then," they asked, "did Moses order the giving of a decree of divorce and separation?"|
|RF MAT 19:8||"Moses," He answered them, "having regard to the grossness of your natures, allowed you to divorce your wives; but it was not so from the beginning.|
|RF MAT 19:9||I therefore tell you that if any one dismisses his wife, unless for fornication, and marries another, he commits adultery."2|
|RF MAT 19:10||His own disciples then remarked, "If this is the condition of the husband and wife, marriage would not be bearable."|
|RF MAT 19:11||Proceeding, however, He told them: "All cannot accept this doctrine; indeed none but these to whom it is granted.|
|RF MAT 19:12||Still there are single-beders who were born so from their mothers; and there are single-beders who have been made so by men; while there are others who keep themselves single for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. The one who can avail himself of it, let him do so."|
|RF MAT 19:13|| Welcoming the Children.
Then children were brought to Him, in order that He might lay His hands upon them and pray; but the disciples forbade them.
|RF MAT 19:14||Jesus, however, said, "Allow the little ones, and do not prevent their coming to Me; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."|
|RF MAT 19:15||And having laid His hands upon them, He went away.|
|RF MAT 19:16|| The Rich Young Man.
Now, it happened that one approached Him, and said, "Teacher! What beneficent act shall I do, in order that I may secure everlasting life?
1. Gen 2:24.
2. Note.—I omit the clause, "And he who marries the divorced woman commits adultery," because it is only a comment of an ancient transcriber, as proved by the oldest MSS. of the Gospel. See Bishop Westcott and Hort's Greek Testament.—F.F.
|RF MAT 19:17||"Why," He said in reply to him, "have you asked Me about beneficence?—beneficence is single There is but One alone Who is beneficent. But if you would enter into life, keep the commands."|
|RF MAT 19:18||"How many?" he asked. Jesus replied, Do NOT MURDER; Do NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; DO NOT STEAL; DO NOT COMMIT PERJURY;|
|RF MAT 19:19||HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOUR OWN SELF.1|
|RF MAT 19:20||"All these," said the young man in reply to Him, "I have observed from my childhood: what more do I need?"|
|RF MAT 19:21||"If you wish to be perfect," Jesus then said to him, "go away, sell all your possessions, and hand over to the poor and you will secure a treasure in heaven; and then become a follower of Mine!"|
|RF MAT 19:22||Having heard that advice, however, the young man departed, greatly grieved; for he was the owner of vast possessions.|
|RF MAT 19:23|| The Barrier of Wealth.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "I tell you indeed, that the wealthy will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty!
|RF MAT 19:24||I can tell you more: it is easier for a camel to pass through a narrow doorway, than for a wealthy man to gain admittance to the Kingdom of God!"|
|RF MAT 19:25||When the disciples heard this, they were profoundly astonished, exclaiming, "Who then can be saved?"|
|RF MAT 19:26||Jesus, however, fixing His eyes upon them, replied, "By human power this is impossible; but by Divine power all is possible."|
|RF MAT 19:27||"Why," remarked Peter, in reply, "we have left all, and followed You; what then will be for us?"|
|RF MAT 19:28||"I tell you indeed," said Jesus to them, "that you who followed Me, in the new birth when the Son of Man will sit upon the throne of His majesty, shall then sit upon twelve thrones, reigning over the twelve tribes of Israel.|
|RF MAT 19:29||And all who forsake houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, on account of My Name, will receive a hundred times more; and shall inherit everlasting life.|
|RF MAT 19:30||But many of the first will be last, and the last first.|