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 8:1||
The Leper Cured.
|RF MAT 8:2||And a leper, also approaching, bowed to Him, and said, "Master, if You will, You are able to cure me!"|
|RF MAT 8:3||And Jesus extending His hand, touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cured!" And at once he was relieved from his leprosy.|
|RF MAT 8:4||Jesus then said to him, "Take care and tell no one about this; but go at once, show yourself to the priest, and present the offering appointed by Moses, as an evidence to these people."|
|RF MAT 8:5|| The Captains Boy Cured.
When He was entering Capernaum, a captain approached, and addressing Him, said,
|RF MAT 8:6||"Master, my boy lies in the house paralyzed, in great anguish."|
|RF MAT 8:7||And Jesus in reply to him, said, "I will come and cure him."|
|RF MAT 8:8||The captain answering, however, declared, "l am not of sufficient rank, Sir, for You to come under my roof; rather order it only by a word, and my son will be restored.|
|RF MAT 8:9||Although I am a man under a superior officer, I have soldiers under myself; and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goes; to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."|
|RF MAT 8:10||When Jesus heard this, He was surprised, and said to His followers: 'Indeed, I tell you, I have never found such faith as this in Israel.|
|RF MAT 8:11||I also tell you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall recline together with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven;|
|RF MAT 8:12||when the sons of the Kingdom shall be flung into outer darkness, where there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth."|
|RF MAT 8:13||Then Jesus said to the captain, "Go back; and, as you have believed, it shall come to you." And the boy was cured from that very hour.|
|RF MAT 8:14|| The Cure of Peter's Mother-in-Law.
When Jesus entered the house of Peter, He saw his mother-in-law on a couch and suffering from a fever.
|RF MAT 8:15||And as He touched her hand, the fever left her; and she arose, and served Him.|
|RF MAT 8:16||Then when evening came, they brought to Him many demoniacs: and He cast out the spirits with a word, and He cured all those who were sick;|
|RF MAT 8:17||so that the statement made through Isaiah the prophet was verified: HE TOOK AWAY OUR WEAKNESSES, AND ENDURED OUR MENTAL DISEASES.1|
|RF MAT 8:18|| Qualifications for Discipleship.
Once Jesus, seeing great crowds around Him, gave instructions to cross over to the farther shore.
|RF MAT 8:19||Then a lawyer approaching, said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You, wherever You may go."|
|RF MAT 8:20||In reply, Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have roosts; while the Son of Man has not a place where He can lay His head."|
|RF MAT 8:21||And another of His disciples said to Him, "Master, allow me first to return and bury my father."|
|RF MAT 8:22||But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me; and let the dead bury their own dead."|
|RF MAT 8:23|| The Storm on the Lake.
Then Himself embarking in the vessel, His disciples followed Him.
|RF MAT 8:24||And soon after, a hurricane swept across the lake, so that the boat was overwhelmed by the waves; but He slept.|
|RF MAT 8:25||And the disciples approaching awoke Him, calling out, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"|
|RF MAT 8:26||In reply, He exclaimed, "What cowards you are! How weak your faith is!" Then getting up, He commanded the winds and the sea, and perfect calm ensued.|
|RF MAT 8:27|| And the men expressed wonder, saying, "What kind of a Man is this? For even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
1. Isa 53.4
|RF MAT 8:28|| The Gadarene Demoniacs.
On landing with Him at the other side, in the district of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs, coming out of the tombs, opposed Him. They were very savage, and none were able to pass that road.
|RF MAT 8:29||And they howled out, exclaiming: "What is there between You and us, Jesus, Son of God! Do You come here before the time to punish us?"|
|RF MAT 8:30||Now there was pasturing at a distance a large herd of swine.|
|RF MAT 8:31||And the demons calling out to Him, said, "If You cast us out, allow us to go away into that herd of swine." "Be gone!" said He to them.|
|RF MAT 8:32||They accordingly departed, went into the swine, and at once all the herd rushed down the slope into the lake, and perished in the water.|
|RF MAT 8:33||The feeders then fled, and arriving at the village, reported everything, including what had befallen to those demoniacs.|
|RF MAT 8:34||And accordingly all the town went out to meet Jesus; and seeing Him, they begged that He would depart from their locality.|