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 5:1||
The Sermon on the Mount.
|RF MAT 5:2||Then having opened His mouth, He addressed them as follows:|
|RF MAT 5:3||"Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|RF MAT 5:4||"Blessed are the sufferers; for they shall be comforted.|
|RF MAT 5:5||"Blessed are the kind-hearted; for they shall inherit the earth.|
|RF MAT 5:6||"Blessed are the hungering and thirsting for righteousness; for they shall be satisfied.|
|RF MAT 5:7||"Blessed are the merciful; for they shall secure mercy.|
|RF MAT 5:8||"Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God Himself.|
|RF MAT 5:9||"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be declared God's own sons.|
|RF MAT 5:10||"Blessed are the persecuted on account of righteousness; because the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.|
|RF MAT 5:11||"You are blessed whenever they curse and persecute you, and say every vile thing against you, falsely, because of Me.|
|RF MAT 5:12||Be glad and delighted! Because your reward in heaven will be great; for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.|
|RF MAT 5:13||"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt should lose its strength, with what can itself be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be flung out and trodden under foot by mankind.|
|RF MAT 5:14||"You are the light of the world. A town built upon a hill cannot be concealed.|
|RF MAT 5:15||A lamp is never lighted and placed under a corn measure, but upon the lamp stand; and it gives light to all those in the house.|
|RF MAT 5:16||Thus let your light shine in the presence of mankind; so that they may see your good conduct, and praise your Father Who is in heaven.|
|RF MAT 5:17||"Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to complete them.|
|RF MAT 5:18||For I tell you indeed, that until the heavens and the earth shall pass away, a single dot or hair-stroke shall not disappear from the law, until all has been completed.|
|RF MAT 5:19||If, therefore, any one shall make light of one of the least of its commands, and shall teach men so, he shall be declared the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever teaches them and acts up to them, he shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|RF MAT 5:20||For I tell you that if your righteousness does not surpass that of the professors and Pharisees, you can by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|RF MAT 5:21|| The Law Explained.
"You have heard that it was said by the ancients, You shall not murder; and if a man should murder, he would be liable to punishment.
|RF MAT 5:22||But I tell you, that every man quarrelling with his brother will be liable to punishment; and if he should call his brother 'Scoundrel,' he will be liable to the High Court of Justice; and whoever shall call his brother ' Rebel,' will be liable to the branding by fire.|
|RF MAT 5:23||Therefore, even if you have carried your offering up to the altar, and you should there discover that your brother has suffered any wrong by you,|
|RF MAT 5:24||leave your offering even before the altar, and go away; first be reconciled to your brother, and then returning, present your offering."|
|RF MAT 5:25||Make friends with your accuser quickly, even while you are in his company; for your accuser may drag you before the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and he in turn may take you to prison.|
|RF MAT 5:26||I tell you indeed, that you will not depart until you have repaid the very last farthing.|
|RF MAT 5:27||"You have heard it said that you shall not commit adultery.|
|RF MAT 5:28||But I tell you that everyone who looks lewdly upon a woman has already committed adultery with her in his own heart.|
|RF MAT 5:29||"If, therefore, your right eye leads you to sin, tear it out and throw it from you; for it will be profitable to you to destroy one of your members, rather than that your whole body should perish in the Pit.|
|RF MAT 5:30||And if your right hand leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you; for it will be profitable for you to destroy one of your limbs, rather than that your whole body should perish in the Pit.|
|RF MAT 5:31||"It has also been decreed that if anyone would dismiss his wife, let him have her divorced.|
|RF MAT 5:32||But I tell you that if any one divorces his wife, except on account of fornication, here presents her to be an adulteress; [and if any one marries her when she has been divorced, he commits adultery.]|
|RF MAT 5:33||"Again, you have heard it was decreed to the ancients, that you shall not perjure yourselves, but give up your vow to the Lord.|
|RF MAT 5:34||But I tell you in short, Do not vow at all: not by heaven, for that is the throne of God;|
|RF MAT 5:35||nor by the earth, because that is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for that is the city of the great King.|
|RF MAT 5:36||Neither vow by your head, because you are not able to make a single hair white or black.|
|RF MAT 5:37||But let your language be 'Yes, yes' 'No, no': for whatever exceeds these proceeds from evil.|
|RF MAT 5:38||"You have heard that it was enacted, Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.|
|RF MAT 5:39||But I tell you, Do not contend with the wicked; but whoever strikes you upon your right cheek, then turn the other to him as well.|
|RF MAT 5:40||And whoever drags you to law, and takes your vest, let him have your cloak as well.|
|RF MAT 5:41||And whoever forces you to go with him one mile, then go two.|
|RF MAT 5:42||Give to the man who begs from you; and do not turn away from the one wishing to borrow from you.|
|RF MAT 5:43||'You have heard it was commanded that you should love your neighbour, and hate your enemy.|
|RF MAT 5:44||But I tell you to love your enemies; bless those who curse you; act generously to those who hate you; and pray for those who ill-use and persecute you:|
|RF MAT 5:45||then you will become the sons of your Father Who is in heaven; for He raises His sun over both bad and good, and rains upon both just and unjust.|
|RF MAT 5:46||For if you should merely be friendly with your friends, what rewards have you? Is not the same thing done even by the extortioners?|
|RF MAT 5:47||And if you salute your associates only, is that anything to be proud of? For is not that done even by the extortioners?|
|RF MAT 5:48||You, however, should be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.|