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 3:1||
The Mission of John.
|RF MAT 3:2||"Repent! for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."|
|RF MAT 3:3||This man was the one foretold by the prophet Isaiah, where he says: A VOICE CALLING OUT IN THE DESERT, PREPARE THE ROAD FOR THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT THE PATHWAY FOR HIS FEET. [Isa 40:3]|
|RF MAT 3:4||Now John himself had his clothing of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.|
|RF MAT 3:5||Then Jerusalem, and the people about Judea, as well as the whole neighborhood of Jordan, went to him;|
|RF MAT 3:6||and were baptized by him in the Jordan, when they had confessed their sins.|
|RF MAT 3:7||But observing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he addressed them, saying: Spawn of vipers! who has directed you to fly from the future fury?|
|RF MAT 3:8||Produce then fruit displaying your conversion;|
|RF MAT 3:9||and do not in your pride say to yourselves, ' We have our ancestor Abraham'; for I tell you that God is able, even from these stones, to raise up children to Abraham.|
|RF MAT 3:10||But the axe now lies at the root of the trees; every tree therefore which does not produce good fruit, will be cut down and thrown into the fire.|
|RF MAT 3:11||"I indeed baptize you in water, preparatory to conversion; but the One Who follows me is far stronger than I. I am not even worthy to carry His shoes. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.|
|RF MAT 3:12||His winnower is in His hand, and He will perfectly cleanse His threshing-floor, and collect His wheat into the granary; while He will consume the chaff with inextinguishable fire."|
|RF MAT 3:13||Jesus also came from Galilee to the Jordan, applying to John to be baptized by him.|
|RF MAT 3:14||John, however, wished to dissuade Him, saying: "It is more necessary for me to be baptized by You; and yet You would come to me!"|
|RF MAT 3:15||But Jesus replied, "Allow it for the present; for it is appointed thus to us to do all that is right." He then permitted Him.|
|RF MAT 3:16||And when Jesus had been baptized, He immediately came out from the water. And the heavens were opened to Him: and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and coming and resting upon Him;|
|RF MAT 3:17||and then a voice from the heavens said: "This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I have delight."|