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 25:1||
The Thoughtless Bridesmaids.
|RF MAT 25:2||And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.|
|RF MAT 25:3||Those who were foolish, taking their lamps, took no oil with them;|
|RF MAT 25:4||but the prudent ones took oil in their flasks along with their lamps.|
|RF MAT 25:5||While, however, the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.|
|RF MAT 25:6||But at midnight a shout was raised, 'Now, the bridegroom comes: go out to meet him!'|
|RF MAT 25:7||All those maidens thereupon got up, and trimmed their lamps.|
|RF MAT 25:8||The foolish then said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil; because our lamps are going out.'|
|RF MAT 25:9||But the prudent made reply, 'Lest there is not enough for us and for you, run rather to the shops and buy for yourselves.|
|RF MAT 25:10||'While, however, they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in to the wedding: and the door was shut.|
|RF MAT 25:11||The other maidens afterwards came calling out, 'Sir! sir! open the door for us.|
|RF MAT 25:12||But his answer to them was, 'No; indeed I tell you that I do not know you.'|
|RF MAT 25:13||"Therefore, keep awake; because you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.|
|RF MAT 25:14|| The Story of the Talents.
"For it is like a man leaving his home, who called together his confidential servants, and entrusted them with his effects.
|RF MAT 25:15||To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each in proportion to his abilities, and took his departure.|
|RF MAT 25:16||Then the man who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and increased them into five talents more.|
|RF MAT 25:17||And the receiver of the two likewise increased his into two more.|
|RF MAT 25:18||But the man who had been entrusted with one went and dug a hole in the ground, and there hid his master's money.|
|RF MAT 25:19||"Now after a long time the master of those servants returned, and went through their accounts.|
|RF MAT 25:20||And the one who had the five talents came bringing five talents beside, saying, 'Sir, you entrusted me with five talents; but look, I have increased them to five talents more!'|
|RF MAT 25:21||"'Well done, you good and faithful servant!' exclaimed the master in reply; 'you have been faithful over a little, so I will entrust you with much: share in your master's success!'|
|RF MAT 25:22||"Then the one who had accepted the two talents said, 'Sir, you deposited two talents with me; but see, I have gained with them two talents more.'|
|RF MAT 25:23||"Very good, you useful and trusty servant!' said his master in reply; 'you have been faithful with a few; I will place you over many; share in your master's success!'|
|RF MAT 25:24||"Then the man who had accepted the single talent said,' Knowing you, sir, to be an avaricious man, reaping where you had not sown, and raking up where you had not scattered;|
|RF MAT 25:25||being afraid, I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is your own!'|
|RF MAT 25:26||"You ungrateful idler!' said his master in reply to him. 'Granted that you knew I reaped where I had not sown, and raked up where I had not scattered:|
|RF MAT 25:27||you ought, then, to have paid my money into the bankers; and on my return I could have got my own with interest.|
|RF MAT 25:28||Now take from him that talent, and give it to the man who has the ten talents.|
|RF MAT 25:29||For to the man who possesses much shall be given, and he shall have super abundance; but from him who possesses not, even what he has shall be taken from him.'|
|RF MAT 25:30||And he flung the good- for-nothing fellow into the darkness without, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth!|
|RF MAT 25:31|| The Reckoning Day.
"But when the Son of Man appears in His majesty, and all His angels with Him, then He will take His seat upon the throne of His majesty;
|RF MAT 25:32||and collect all nations before Himself; and will separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats:|
|RF MAT 25:33||and the sheep He will place upon His right hand, and the goats upon His left.|
|RF MAT 25:34||The King will then say to those upon His right hand, 'Come! you approved of My Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:|
|RF MAT 25:35||for I was hungry, and you gave Me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink; I was a stranger, and you entertained Me;|
|RF MAT 25:36||naked, and you clothed Me; I was exhausted, and you attended Me; I was in prison, and you visited Me.'|
|RF MAT 25:37||"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ' When, Master, did we see You starving, and fed You? or thirsty, and gave You a drink?|
|RF MAT 25:38||When did we see You a stranger, and entertained You? or naked, and clothed You?|
|RF MAT 25:39||When did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?'|
|RF MAT 25:40||"And their King will reply to them, 'I tell you indeed, that whenever you did it to one of these My poorest friends, you even did it to Me.'|
|RF MAT 25:41||"Then He will say to those upon the left, 'Begone from Me, you accursed, into enduring fire, which is prepared for the Devil and for his angels!|
|RF MAT 25:42||for I was starving, and you a gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink.|
|RF MAT 25:43||I was a stranger, and you did not entertain Me; naked, and you did not clothe Me; I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'|
|RF MAT 25:44||"Then they too will answer, saying, 'When, Master, did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or forlorn, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not help You?'|
|RF MAT 25:45||"In reply to them He will then say; 'I tell you indeed, that since you never did it to one of the least of these, you never did it to Me.'|
|RF MAT 25:46||"And these He will dismiss into a long correction, but the well-doers to an enduring life."|