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 LUK 10:1||
The Mission of the Seventy.
|RF LUK 10:2||And He said to them: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray to the Master of the harvest, that He may send harvesters to His harvest.|
|RF LUK 10:3||Go forward; even although I send you like lambs among a pack of wolves.|
|RF LUK 10:4||Carry no purse, however, nor bag, nor shoes; and address none upon the road.|
|RF LUK 10:5||And into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'|
|RF LUK 10:6||And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return to yourself.|
|RF LUK 10:7||And continue in that same house, eating and drinking what they themselves have; for the workman is entitled to his wages. Do not change about from house to house.|
|RF LUK 10:8||And if you enter any town, and they welcome you, eat just whatever is placed before you.|
|RF LUK 10:9||Cure the sick people that are in it; and tell them, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is come near to you.'|
|RF LUK 10:10||But if it should happen that you enter a town, and they do not welcome you, then go out into its streets, and say,|
|RF LUK 10:11||'Even the dust Of your town, which sticks to our feet, we brush it off for you; know this, however, that the Kingdom of God has approached you.'|
|RF LUK 10:12||I tell you, that in that day it will be more endurable for Sodom than for that town."|
|RF LUK 10:13||Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! because if the powers which were displayed in you had come to Tyre and Sidon, they would long age have changed their minds, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.|
|RF LUK 10:14||It will be more endurable, however, for Tyre and Sidon in the Judgment, than for you.|
|RF LUK 10:15||And you, Capernaum, exalted high as the heavens, you will be cast down as low as the grave.|
|RF LUK 10:16||Those who listen to you, listen to Me; and those rejecting you, reject Me; and whoever rejects Me, rejects My Sender."|
|RF LUK 10:17||When the seventy returned, they reported, with great delight, 'Master, even the demons are being subjected to us through Your name."|
|RF LUK 10:18||He answered them, "I was observing Satan falling from the heaven like a lightning flash.|
|RF LUK 10:19||Now I have given you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the might of the enemy; and none can resist you.|
|RF LUK 10:20||Do not exult, however, because the spirits are subject to you; but rather be glad because your names have been recorded in the heavens."|
|RF LUK 10:21|| A Moment of Spiritual Rapture.
In that very hour Jesus became enraptured in the Holy Spirit, and exclaimed: "I give thanks to You, Father of heaven and earth, because You concealed these facts from intellectual philosophers, and have revealed them to children. Yes, Father; because it was right in Your presence.
|RF LUK 10:22||All was entrusted to Me by My Father: and none knows Who the Son is, except the Father; and Who the Father is, except the Son, and the one to whom it is the pleasure of the Son to reveal Him."|
|RF LUK 10:23||Then turning toward His disciples, He privately said; "Blest are the eyes that see what you have seen!|
|RF LUK 10:24||For I tell you that many prophets and kings have longed to see what you see, and have not seen; and to hear what you bear, and have not heard."|
|RF LUK 10:25|| The Good Samaritan.
A lawyer then rose up to put Him to the test, and asked, "What, Teacher, must I do in order that I may inherit eternal life?"
|RF LUK 10:26||"What is written in the law?" He asked him; "how do you understand it?"|
|RF LUK 10:27||In reply, he said, LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, AND WITH YOUR WHOLE SOUL, AND WITH YOUR WHOLE STRENGTH, AND WITH YOUR WHOLE INTELLECT; AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOUR OWN SELF.1|
|RF LUK 10:28||"You have answered rightly," He replied; "do that, and you will live."|
|RF LUK 10:29||Wishing however, to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbour?"|
|RF LUK 10:30||Jesus, in reply to him, said, "There was a man who, on going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, fell among robbers, who both stripped and assaulted him, and departed, leaving him half dead.|
|RF LUK 10:31||"By coincidence, a priest was going down by that road; but seeing him, he passed by on the other side.|
|RF LUK 10:32||And in the same way, a Levite also, when he got to the place, looked upon him, and passed along.|
|RF LUK 10:33||But a certain Samaritan, on a journey, who, on coming to where he was, and seeing him, took pity,|
|RF LUK 10:34||came to him and dressed the wounds, making use of oil and wine. Then seating him upon his own beast, he conveyed him to an inn, and took care of him.|
|RF LUK 10:35||And as he was leaving, on the following day, he threw down two denarii 2 for the landlord, and said, 'Attend to him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you upon my return.'|
|RF LUK 10:36||Which, therefore, of these three, do you think, proved a neighbour to him who fell among the robbers?"|
|RF LUK 10:37||"He that pitied him," was his reply. Jesus then told him, "Go you, and do the same."|
|RF LUK 10:38|| Martha and Mary.
Once when they were travelling, He entered a village, where a woman named Martha received Him into her house.
1 Deut vi 4,5; Lev xix 18
2 About five shillings
|RF LUK 10:39||And with her she had a sister named Mary, who, however, seated herself at the feet of Jesus, listening to His discourse.|
|RF LUK 10:40||But Martha, distracted about the preparations for the table, entered hurriedly exclaiming, "Does it not trouble You. Sir, that my sister leaves me to serve alone? Order her to come and help me."|
|RF LUK 10:41||"Martha, Martha," the Master answered, "you are anxious and worried about many things; but one only is necessary.|
|RF LUK 10:42||Mary, however, has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken may from her."|