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 23:1||
The Pharisees and the Jewish Nation.
|RF MAT 23:2||said: "The professors and the Pharisees have usurped the place of Moses.|
|RF MAT 23:3||All, therefore, that they tell you to observe, observe and do: but do not imitate their doings; for they do not practice what they preach:|
|RF MAT 23:4||On the contrary, they pack up heavy and unendurable loads upon men's shoulders; but they take care not to touch them with their own fingers.|
|RF MAT 23:5||All their actions are done merely for the sake of being seen by men: they widen their phylacteries, and extend the fringes of their cloaks;|
|RF MAT 23:6||they delight to secure the places of honour at banquets, the principal seats in the synagogues,|
|RF MAT 23:7||the salutations in the markets; and to be addressed by men as 'My lord, my lord.'|
|RF MAT 23:8||You, however, must not be called 'Teacher'; because I alone am your Teacher, and you are all brothers!|
|RF MAT 23:9||And upon earth call none your father; for One is your Father, He Who is in heaven.|
|RF MAT 23:10||Neither select leaders; for One is your Leader, the Messiah.|
|RF MAT 23:11||But the greatest among you shall become an attendant:|
|RF MAT 23:12||and whoever sets himself up shall be brought low; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.|
|RF MAT 23:13||"Woe to you, Play-acting professors and Pharisees! because you lock up the Kingdom of Heaven in the face of mankind; while you yourselves neither enter, nor allow those arriving to go in.|
|RF MAT 23:14||"Alas for you, play-acting professors and Pharisees! because you devour the property of the widows by the pretence of long prayers; for which you will receive a heavier punishment.|
|RF MAT 23:15||Woe to you, play-acting professors and Pharisees! who scour the sea and the desert in order to secure one convert; and, finding one, you make him a son of the Pit twice as much as yourselves!|
|RF MAT 23:16||"Woe to you, blind guides! who say, 'If one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if a man swears by the gold in the temple, that oath must be kept'|
|RF MAT 23:17||"Fools and blind! which is the greater?—the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold?|
|RF MAT 23:18||"You say, 'If one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if a man swears by the gift upon it, that oath must be kept '!|
|RF MAT 23:19||"Fools and blind! which is greater? —the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?"|
|RF MAT 23:20||A man, however, who swears by the altar, swears by all that is upon it.|
|RF MAT 23:21||And whoever swears by the temple, swears by the One Who inhabits it.|
|RF MAT 23:22||And whoever swears by the heaven, swears by the throne of God, and the One Who sits upon it.|
|RF MAT 23:23||"Woe to you, canting professors and Pharisees! because you pay tithes on mint, dill, and cummin, ignoring the more important statutes of the law—humanity, sympathy, faith; these you ought to have observed, and not to have cast the others aside.|
|RF MAT 23:24||Blind guides! who strain out a gnat, and gulp down a camel!|
|RF MAT 23:25||"Woe to you, hypocritical professors and Pharisees! because you wash the outside of the cup and the plate, but fill the inside with extortion and injustice—|
|RF MAT 23:26||Blind Pharisee I cleanse first the inside of the cup and the plate, so that their outside may also become clean.|
|RF MAT 23:27||"Woe to you, shamming professors and Pharisees! you are just like whitewashed tombs—pretty enough outside, but inside full of dead men's bones and every kind of corruption.|
|RF MAT 23:28||So you too outwardly appear to men to be religious; but inwardly you are crammed with false pretence, and every form of lawlessness.|
|RF MAT 23:29||"Woe to you, professors and Pharisees, you hypocrites! because you erect monuments to the prophets; decorate the tombs of the martyrs;|
|RF MAT 23:30||and say, ' If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have aided them in shedding the blood of the prophets.|
|RF MAT 23:31||Thus, then. you give evidence against yourselves that you are the sons of the murderers of the prophets!|
|RF MAT 23:32||Fill up, then, the measures of your fathers!|
|RF MAT 23:33||Serpents! spawn of vipers! how can you escape the fury of hell?|
|RF MAT 23:34||"Lo, I will therefore send you prophets, and thinkers, and scholars; and some of them you will murder and crucify; while others you will flog in your synagogues, and drive from town to town,|
|RF MAT 23:35||in such a way that all the righteous blood shed upon the earth—from the blood of the just Abel, down to the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom you assassinated between the entrance of the temple and the altar—may rest upon you.|
|RF MAT 23:36||Indeed, I tell you, that all these shall come upon the present generation.|
|RF MAT 23:37||"Jerusalem! Jerusalem! who massacred the prophets, and stoned those sent to her! how often would I have gathered your children together, like the bird that collects her nestlings under her wings, and you would not!|
|RF MAT 23:38||Now see your house left to yourselves.|
|RF MAT 23:39|| Yes, I tell you that after this you shall not see Me again until you say, BLESS HIM WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!"
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