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 7:1||
The Characteristics of the Kingdom.
|RF MAT 7:2||For according to the sentence you pronounce, you will yourself be convicted; and with the same measure with which you measure, you will be measured.|
|RF MAT 7:3||"But why do you take notice of the dust in your brother's eye, while you cannot observe the chip in your own eye?|
|RF MAT 7:4||Or how can you say to your brother, ' Let me remove the dust from your eye,' while the chip is in your own eye?|
|RF MAT 7:5||Pretender! First remove the chip from your own eye, and then you will see straight to remove the dust from the eye of your brother.|
|RF MAT 7:6||"Give not what is holy to dogs, nor throw your pearls before swine; for fear they should trample them under their feet, and turning, rend you.|
|RF MAT 7:7||"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and|
|RF MAT 7:8||it will be opened to you: for whoever asks will receive, and the seeker will find, and they will open to him who knocks.|
|RF MAT 7:9||Is there even a man among you, who, if his son should ask bread of him, would hand him a stone?|
|RF MAT 7:10||And if he asked a fish, would he hand him a serpent?|
|RF MAT 7:11||If therefore you, who are corrupt, know how to bestow benefits upon your children, how much rather will your Father Who is in heaven give benefits to those who ask Him!|
|RF MAT 7:12||Whatever therefore you wish men to do to you, do the same yourselves to them; for this is the law and the prophets.|
|RF MAT 7:13||"Enter through the narrow gate; because the gate is wide, and the road well paved, that leads to destruction; and through it the majority go.|
|RF MAT 7:14||How narrow the gate, and difficult the path, that leads to life! And they are few who find it!|
|RF MAT 7:15||"But guard yourselves from the false teachers, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but who in their hearts are plundering wolves.|
|RF MAT 7:16||You can recognize them by their fruits. Do they ever gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?|
|RF MAT 7:17||Thus every useful tree produces useful fruit; but the worthless tree produces worth less fruit.|
|RF MAT 7:18||A useful tree cannot produce bad fruit; nor can a worthless tree produce good fruit.|
|RF MAT 7:19||Every tree not producing good fruit will be felled and used as firewood.|
|RF MAT 7:20||Reject their produce; for by this you can recognize them.|
|RF MAT 7:21||"Not everyone who says to Me,' Master! Master!' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but only those who do the will of My Father Who is in heaven.|
|RF MAT 7:22||Many will say to Me in that day, 'Master! Master! Have we not preached in Your Name? And have we not cast out demons in Your Name? And in Your Name have we not done many wonders?'|
|RF MAT 7:23||And then I shall declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you traders in lawlessness!'|
|RF MAT 7:24||"Therefore, everyone who listens to these precepts of Mine, and practices them, I will compare him to a reflective man who built his house upon the rock:|
|RF MAT 7:25||and the storm raged, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and assailed that house; and it fell not—because it was founded upon the rock.|
|RF MAT 7:26||And everyone who listens to these precepts of Mine, and does not practice them, I will compare him to a foolish man, who built his dwelling in the sand:|
|RF MAT 7:27||and the storm raged, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and they demolished that house, and its wreck was complete!"|
|RF MAT 7:28||And it came about that when Jesus had finished these addresses; the crowd were astonished at His teaching;|
|RF MAT 7:29||for He had been teaching them like a man possessing authority, and not as their professors.|