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 11:1||
How to Pray.
|RF LUK 11:2|| In reply, He said: "When you pray, say,
The Lord's Prayer.
"Father Your Name must be being hallowed;
"Your Kingdom must be being restored;
|RF LUK 11:3||"Give to us every day our tomorrow's bread;|
|RF LUK 11:4||"And remove from us our sins, for we remove them from all who offend us; for You would not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from its evil."1|
|RF LUK 11:5||He then said to them: "Who among you, if he had a friend, and going to him at midnight, were to say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;|
|RF LUK 11:6||for a friend of mine has just arrived from a journey, and I have nothing to place before him.'|
|RF LUK 11:7||Would he not reply to you from within?—'Do not disturb me: the door is now fastened, and my family, as well as myself, are in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.'|
|RF LUK 11:8||I tell you that although he will not get up to oblige him because of friendship, yet, at last, because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.|
|RF LUK 11:9||And to you I also say, Ask, and it shall be given to you; search, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.|
|RF LUK 11:10||For every asker receives; and every searcher finds; while to the one who knocks, it shall be opened.|
|RF LUK 11:11|| And is there a father among you, who, if his son asks bread, will hand him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, would give him a serpent instead?
1 See note on Matt. 6.10
|RF LUK 11:12||or, asking for an egg, would he hand him a scorpion?|
|RF LUK 11:13||If you, therefore, who are subject to wickedness, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much rather will your Father from heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"|
|RF LUK 11:14|| A Warning Against Dissension.
When He was expelling a demon from one who was dumb, it resulted that when the demon had departed, the dumb man spoke; and the crowd were astonished.
|RF LUK 11:15||But some of them said, "He casts out demons by the help of Beelzebub, the prince of the demons."|
|RF LUK 11:16||Others, in order to test, demanded a sign out of Heaven from Him.|
|RF LUK 11:17||But He, knowing their machinations, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is desolated; and house divided against house, falls.|
|RF LUK 11:18||If, then, Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom be strengthened? Yet you assert that I expel demons through the help of Beelzebub.|
|RF LUK 11:19||But if I by Beelzebub expel the demons, by whose power do your own sons expel them? By this they shall be your judges.|
|RF LUK 11:20||If I, however, by a Divine finger, expel the demons, then, indeed, the Kingdom of God has anticipated you.|
|RF LUK 11:21||When the strong, fully-armed, guards his own castle, his possessions are in peace;|
|RF LUK 11:22||but when one more powerful than himself advances, and conquers him, he despoils him of the whole of the armament upon which he depended, and shares the plunder.|
|RF LUK 11:23||Whoever is not upon My side is against Me; and whoever does not collect for Me, scatters.|
|RF LUK 11:24||"When the foul spirit goes out of the man, he wanders through waterless places in search of rest; but, finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house, out of which I came.'|
|RF LUK 11:25||And upon his return, should he find it swept up and decorated,|
|RF LUK 11:26||he then goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and, entering, they live there: so the last condition of that man is worse than the first."|
|RF LUK 11:27|| The More Excellent Blessing.
While He was speaking in this way, it happened that a woman in the crowd, raising her voice, exclaimed, "Happy is the womb which gave You birth, and the breast at which You sucked!"
|RF LUK 11:28||"Much more,' He replied, "are they blest who listen to the message of God, and obey it."|
|RF LUK 11:29|| Jonah and the Queen of the South as Examples.
And when the crowd were densely collecting around Him, He began to say: "This generation is depraved—it seeks for a sign; and no sign will be granted to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
|RF LUK 11:30||For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also shall the Son of Man be to this race.|
|RF LUK 11:31||The Queen of the South shall rise against the men of this generation in the Judgment, and shall condemn them; for she came from the extremities of the earth to listen to the philosophy of Solomon: and yet a greater than Solomon is here!|
|RF LUK 11:32||Men from Nineveh shall stand up in the Judgment against this race, and shall convict it; because they were converted by the preaching of Jonah: and now a greater than Jonah is here!|
|RF LUK 11:33|| Inward Illumination.
"No one having lit a lamp places it in a cellar, nor underneath the corn-measure; but upon the lamp-stand, so that those entering the house may see the light.
|RF LUK 11:34||The eye is the lamp of the body: when your eye is in good condition, your whole body also is enlightened; but when it is diseased, then your body is darkened.|
|RF LUK 11:35||Take care, therefore, lest the light which is in yourself should be darkness.|
|RF LUK 11:36||If, then, your whole body is light, having no part dark, all will be light; just as you are illuminated by the bright shining of the lamp."|
|RF LUK 11:37|| Pharisaism Exposed.
While He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to breakfast with him. So He went in, and reclined.
|RF LUK 11:38||The Pharisee, seeing it, how ever was surprised that before the breakfast He had not first bathed.|
|RF LUK 11:39||Jesus, however, said to him: "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and plate, but your own inside is full of avarice and wickedness.|
|RF LUK 11:40||You fools! did not the Maker of the outside make the inside as well|
|RF LUK 11:41||Exchange, however, the contents for kindness, and all will be pure for you.|
|RF LUK 11:42||"But woe to you, Pharisees? for you tithe mint, rue, and all herbs, and yet neglect justice and the love of God. These, however, you ought to have done; while, at the same time, not neglecting the others.|
|RF LUK 11:43||Woe to you, Pharisees! because you love the front seats in the synagogues, and salutes in the markets.|
|RF LUK 11:44||Woe to you! because you are like hidden tombs, over which men walk unknowingly."|
|RF LUK 11:45|| The Iniquitous Lawyers.
But one of the lawyers, speaking to Him, said, "Teacher, in saying this, You insult us as well."
|RF LUK 11:46||"And especially woe to you, lawyers!" He replied; "for you load men with heavy burdens, while you never help the burdened with one of your fingers!|
|RF LUK 11:47||Woe to you! because you build the monuments of the prophets, who were murdered by your own forefathers!|
|RF LUK 11:48||So you are witnesses for, and acquiesce in, the doings of your forefathers; for they undoubtedly murdered them, and you erect their monuments.|
|RF LUK 11:49||Because of this also the wisdom of God said, ' I will send among them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will murder and reject';|
|RF LUK 11:50||so that the blood of all the prophets shed from the foundation of the world shall be discovered with this generation —|
|RF LUK 11:51||from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who was murdered between the altar and the house; indeed I tell you, it will be discovered with this generation.|
|RF LUK 11:52||Woe to you, lawyers! for you take away the key of knowledge; you do not enter yourselves, and those who would enter you prevent."|
|RF LUK 11:53||consequently, when He went out from there, both the professors and the Pharisees began to bitterly contradict Him, and provoke Him to say more;|
|RF LUK 11:54||endeavoring to entrap Him by word of mouth, so that they might lay an information against Him.|