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 12:1||
The Necessity of Sincerity.
|RF LUK 12:2||But nothing is dressed up so that it cannot be stripped; nor concealed so as not to become known.|
|RF LUK 12:3||Whatever therefore you have said in the darkness, will be listened to in the light; and what you whisper in the ears in the private chambers, will be proclaimed upon the housetops.|
|RF LUK 12:4||"And I further tell you, friends, Do not dread those killing the body, and who after that have nothing worse to do.|
|RF LUK 12:5||But I will warn you whom you ought to dread: Dread the One, who after the killing, has power to throw you into hell; yes, I say, that is the One you have to dread!|
|RF LUK 12:6||Are not five sparrows sold for two assaris? 1 yet not one of them is unnoticed in the presence of God.|
|RF LUK 12:7||More than that, the very hairs of your head are all counted. Therefore do not be afraid; you exceed in value many sparrows."|
|RF LUK 12:8||But I tell you, every one who may declare for Me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will also declare for him in the presence of the angels of God.|
|RF LUK 12:9||But whoever denies Me in the presence of men, shall be denied in the presence of the angels of God.|
|RF LUK 12:10||And any who shall express a thought against the Son of Man, it can be forgiven him; but to him who libels the Holy Spirit, that cannot be forgiven.|
|RF LUK 12:11||"But when they drag you up before the synagogues, and the superior courts, do not embitter yourselves as to how, or by what, you can defend yourselves, or what you can say;|
|RF LUK 12:12||for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to speak."|
|RF LUK 12:13|| Selfishness Condemned.
One of the crowd now said to Him, "Teacher, order my brother to share the property with me."
|RF LUK 12:14||"Man," He replied, "who appointed Me to be a judge or an arbitrator between you?"|
|RF LUK 12:15||And He further said to them, "Look out, and guard yourselves against avarice; because a man's life is not derived from the superfluity of his possessions."|
|RF LUK 12:16|| The Fool and his Wealth.
He then addressed a parable to them, saying:
|RF LUK 12:17||"The estate of a rich man was very productive; and he reflected with himself, saying, 'What shall I do? for I have nowhere to store my crops.'|
|RF LUK 12:18|| Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will pull down my storehouses, and build larger; and there I will store all my produce, and all my goods.
1 About three pence.
|RF LUK 12:19||Then I will say to my life, 'Life! you have plenty of wealth stored up for many years to come: take your pleasure; eat, drink, and be merry."|
|RF LUK 12:20||"But God said to him, 'You fool! this very night your life will be demanded of you; and what then will your preparations be worth?'|
|RF LUK 12:21||So it is with whoever hoards wealth for himself, if he is not rich toward God."|
|RF LUK 12:22|| Lessons of Trustfulness in God.
He then said to His disciples: "Because of this, I tell you, Be not anxious about your life—' what you shall eat'; nor for the body- 'what you shall be clothed with.'
|RF LUK 12:23||The life is more than the food, and the body than the clothing.|
|RF LUK 12:24||Look at the ravens: they neither sow nor reap; there is no storehouse nor barn for them; yet God feeds them. How much you exceed the birds in value!|
|RF LUK 12:25||"And who among you by fretting can add a single foot to his height?|
|RF LUK 12:26||If you cannot therefore even do the least, why do you fret about the rest?|
|RF LUK 12:27||"Observe the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his magnificence was never arrayed like one of them.|
|RF LUK 12:28||If, then, the flower which exists today in the field and tomorrow may be thrown upon the fire, is thus adorned by God, how much more you—you of little faith!|
|RF LUK 12:29||And you —inquire not what you can eat, or what you can drink, and be not agitated:|
|RF LUK 12:30||for the heathen of the world hunt for all these; and your Father knows that you need them.|
|RF LUK 12:31||Seek instead the Kingdom of God, and all these will be prepared for you.|
|RF LUK 12:32||Do not be afraid, little flock; because it has pleased your Father to give to you the Kingdom.|
|RF LUK 12:33||Sell your possessions, and give kind-heartedly; acquire for yourselves unfailing wealth, a treasure inexhaustible in the heavens, where neither thief approaches, nor moth destroys.'|
|RF LUK 12:34||For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be."|
|RF LUK 12:35|| Fidelity and Watchfulness.
"Stand with your waists belted, and your lamps alight;
|RF LUK 12:36||and make yourselves like men expecting their master when he may return from the wedding; so that when he comes and knocks, you can at once open for him.|
|RF LUK 12:37||Happy are those servants who are found by their master awaiting his coming; I tell you indeed, that he will gird himself, make them recline, and will himself wait upon them.|
|RF LUK 12:38||And whether he returns at nine o'clock or at twelve o'clock, if he finds them ready on his coming, happy will these servants be!|
|RF LUK 12:39||"But this you can understand, that if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have permitted him to break into his house.|
|RF LUK 12:40||Be you also ready; for it may be that the Son of Man will come at an unexpected moment."|
|RF LUK 12:41||Peter then said to Him, "Master, have You spoken this parable merely for us, or for all?"|
|RF LUK 12:42|| The Master replied:
"Who, indeed, is the faithful steward whom the master will appoint over his household, in order to serve out the proper food at the right time?
|RF LUK 12:43||Happy is that servant who, upon the arrival of his master, is found doing it.|
|RF LUK 12:44||Most certainly, I tell you, He will appoint him over all his possessions.|
|RF LUK 12:45||But if that servant should say in his heart, 'My master delays his return;' and should begin to maltreat the other men and women servants, and to eat, carouse, and become drunken;|
|RF LUK 12:46||the master of that servant will come on a day when he will not be expected, and at an hour he cannot know, and will cut him off, and assign him a place with the faithless.|
|RF LUK 12:47||And that servant who knew the will of his master, and has not prepared for, nor obeyed his instructions, shall be severely punished.|
|RF LUK 12:48||But the one who knew it not, but has done what deserved correction, will be punished lightly. For to whom much has been entrusted, from him much will be required; and where much has been deposited with any one, they will demand more from him.|
|RF LUK 12:49|| The Effect of the Work of Christ.
"I came to throw fire upon the earth; and how 'wish it were already kindled!
|RF LUK 12:50||But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how oppressed I feel until it be effected!"|
|RF LUK 12:51||Do you imagine that I have come to give peace to the earth? Not at all; I tell you, on the contrary, contention.|
|RF LUK 12:52||For from now there 'will be five contending in a single house: three against two, and two against three.|
|RF LUK 12:53||Father will contend against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."|
|RF LUK 12:54|| Premonitory Signs.
He then said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising from the west, you say at once, ' A shower will come'; and so it does come.
|RF LUK 12:55||And when the south wind blows, you say that 'A hot wind is upon us'; and so it comes.|
|RF LUK 12:56||You play-actors! you know how to read the phenomena of the earth and of the sky—then why can you not read this period?|
|RF LUK 12:57||But why, from your own selves, do you not judge correctly?|
|RF LUK 12:58||so that while you accompany your prosecutor to the magistrate, you may use every effort to be free Of him; for fear he should commit you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the jailor, and the jailor in turn throw you into prison?|
|RF LUK 12:59||I tell you that you will not get liberated from there until you have repaid the very last fraction."|