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 14:1||
The Pharisaic Plot.
|RF LUK 14:2||and one man in His presence was suffering from dropsy.|
|RF LUK 14:3||So Jesus, addressing the lawyers and Pharisees, asked, "Is it allowable to cure on the Day of Rest?"|
|RF LUK 14:4||But they kept silent. So taking hold of the man, He cured him, and dismissed him.|
|RF LUK 14:5||He now asked them, "Who among you, if his ass or his ox fall into a pit on the Day of Rest, would not at once get hold of it, and pull it out?"|
|RF LUK 14:6||And to this question they were unable to give Him a reply.|
|RF LUK 14:7|| Admonition to Humility.
Then observing how the invited guests were selecting for themselves the places of honour, He addressed a parable to them, saying:
|RF LUK 14:8||"When you are invited by anyone to a wedding, you should not recline upon the places of honour; for fear one should be invited more distinguished than yourself,|
|RF LUK 14:9||and the one who issued the invitations should come to you, saying, 'Make way for this man.' In shame you would then retire to a lower position.|
|RF LUK 14:10||When, however, you are invited, take for yourself the lowest position; so that when the host makes his appearance, he may say to you, ' Friend, go up higher! ' You will thus be distinguished in the presence of the whole company.|
|RF LUK 14:11||Because every one who exalts himself shall be humiliated; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."|
|RF LUK 14:12|| God-Like Generosity.
Then addressing His host, He said; " Whenever you provide a luncheon or a supper, do not invite merely your friends, your brothers, your relations, nor your rich neighbors; for fear they should also invite you in return, and thus reward you.
|RF LUK 14:13||But, on the contrary, when you provide an entertainment, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,|
|RF LUK 14:14||and you will be happy; because they have nothing with which to repay you. You will be repaid, however, at the resurrection of the just."|
|RF LUK 14:15|| The Parable of the Great Supper.
One of the guests, on hearing this, said to Him, "Happy will he be, however, who shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God!"
|RF LUK 14:16||But to him He said: "A man provided a great supper, and invited many;|
|RF LUK 14:17||and he sent his servant to inform the guests of the supper hour: 'Come then,' said he, 'when all will be ready.|
|RF LUK 14:18||'But they all one by one began to make excuse. The first answered him, I have just bought a farm; and, of course, I must of necessity go and see it.|
|RF LUK 14:19||Excuse me, I pray you.' Another said, 'I have bought five teams of bullocks; and I am going to examine them.|
|RF LUK 14:20||Excuse me, I pray you.' And another said,' I have married a wife; and owing to this, I am unable to attend.'|
|RF LUK 14:21||"The servant accordingly returned, and reported this to his master. "Then the master of the house, being infuriated, said to his servant, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town, and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.'|
|RF LUK 14:22||The servant returning, said, 'What you ordered, sir, has been done; but still there is room to spare.'|
|RF LUK 14:23||"The master therefore said to his servant, 'Go out into the roads and by-paths, and persuade them to come in; so that my house may be filled.|
|RF LUK 14:24||' For to you I declare that none of those who were invited shall taste of my supper."|
|RF LUK 14:25|| Counting The Cost.
Once when great crowds were travelling with Him, He turned round to them, and said:
|RF LUK 14:26||"Whoever comes to Me, and lessens not his regard for his own father, his mother, his wife, his children—yes, and his own life as well—he cannot be My disciple.|
|RF LUK 14:27||And whoever will not carry his cross, and become My follower, cannot be My disciple.|
|RF LUK 14:28||"For who among you, wishing to build a castle, would not first sit down and calculate the cost; so as to ascertain whether he has enough for its completion?|
|RF LUK 14:29||For fear that, after having laid the foundation, he should be unable to finish it; and all seeing it should begin to ridicule him,|
|RF LUK 14:30||exclaiming, 'This fellow began to build, and could not finish.'|
|RF LUK 14:31||Or again, what king, going to encounter another king in battle, does not first sit down and consult whether he can with ten thousand men attack the enemy who is advancing against him with twenty thousand?|
|RF LUK 14:32||And if he cannot, he may, while the other is yet at a distance, send an embassy to sue for peace.|
|RF LUK 14:33||"Thus, therefore, every one of you who does not bid adieu to all his possessions, cannot be My disciple.|
|RF LUK 14:34||Salt is, however, good; but if the salt becomes saltless, with what can it be itself seasoned?|
|RF LUK 14:35||Being useless both for the soil and the manure-heap, they throw it away. He who has ears with which to hear, let him listen."|