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 20:1||
The Laborers' Grievance.
|RF MAT 20:2||When he had agreed with the workmen for a denarius1 the day, he sent them into the vineyard.|
|RF MAT 20:3||Then going out again at nine o'clock, he found others standing idle in the market-place;|
|RF MAT 20:4||and he said to them, 'You go also into my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' They accordingly went.|
|RF MAT 20:5||Afterwards, going out about noon, and at three o'clock, he did the same.|
|RF MAT 20:6||Then going out about five o'clock and finding others standing, he asked them, 'Why do you stand here idle all the day?'|
|RF MAT 20:7||'Because no one has hired us,' was their reply. He said to them, 'Then you also go into the vineyard; and whatever may be right I will pay.'|
|RF MAT 20:8||"When the evening arrived, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the workmen, and pay them their wages, beginning from the last, onward to the first.'|
|RF MAT 20:9||And those engaged about five o'clock received each one a denarius.|
|RF MAT 20:10||Then when the earliest hired hands came up, they concluded that they would receive more; but they only received each one a denarius.|
|RF MAT 20:11||But on taking it, they grumbled against their employer, exclaiming,|
|RF MAT 20:12||'Why, these last comers have only worked one hour; yet you have made them equal to us, who have borne the weight of the day, and the scorching heat!'|
|RF MAT 20:13||"' My good fellow,' he answered one of them, 'I do not wrong you; did you not bargain with me for a denarius?|
|RF MAT 20:14||Take your wages, and go. I intend to give this last comer the same as yourself.|
|RF MAT 20:15||Am I not allowed to do what I like with my Own? or, is your eye malicious, because I am good-natured?'|
|RF MAT 20:16||In the same way, the last may be first, and the first last."|
|RF MAT 20:17|| Going to Jerusalem.
Then, Jesus, going up towards Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples privately aside on the way, and said to them,
|RF MAT 20:18||"We are now going up to Jerusalem: and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and professors, who will condemn Him to death,|
|RF MAT 20:19||and deliver Him over to the heathen to be insulted, and flogged, and crucified; but the third day He will rise again."|
|RF MAT 20:20|| A Mother's Request.
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Him with her sons; and kneeling, asked Him to grant her a favour.
|RF MAT 20:21||"What do you wish?" He asked her. "Promise," she said to Him, "that these my two sons may sit, one upon Your right, and the other upon Your left, in Your Kingdom."|
|RF MAT 20:22||"You know not what you ask!" said Jesus, in reply. "Are you able to drink the cup which I am about to drink? and to be baptized with the baptism I shall be baptized with?" "We are able," was their reply.|
|RF MAT 20:23||Then He said to them, "You shall certainly drink of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with; but to sit upon My right and upon My left is not Mine to grant, except to those for whom it is prepared by My Father!"|
|RF MAT 20:24||When the ten heard this, they were indignant about the two brothers.|
|RF MAT 20:25||But Jesus, calling them to Him, said: "You know that the rulers of the heathen lord it over them, and their strong ones oppress them;|
|RF MAT 20:26||but it must not be so among you. On the contrary, whoever desires to be promoted among you, let him be your attendant;|
|RF MAT 20:27||and whoever may desire to take rank among you, let him be your servant:|
|RF MAT 20:28||just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give up His own life as a ransom for many."|
|RF MAT 20:29|| Eyesight for Two Blind Men.
When they were leaving Jericho, a great crowd followed Him.
|RF MAT 20:30||And two blind men, who were sitting by the roadside, learning that Jesus was passing by, called out, exclaiming, "Have mercy upon us, Master, Son of David!"|
|RF MAT 20:31||And the crowd ordered them to be silent; but they merely called out the louder, exclaiming, "Pity us, Master, Son of David!"|
|RF MAT 20:32||Then Jesus, standing still, spoke to them, and asked, "What do you wish Me to do for you?"|
|RF MAT 20:33||"Master," was their reply, "that our eyes may be re-opened."|
|RF MAT 20:34||Jesus, full of pity, accordingly touched their eyes; and at once they saw again: and they followed Him.|