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 16:1||
The Defrauding Steward.
|RF LUK 16:2||So having called him, he asked, 'What is this I hear about you? Render me an account of your management; for you shall no longer be my steward.'|
|RF LUK 16:3||"Now what shall I do?' said the steward to himself: 'for my master will take the stewardship from me. I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.|
|RF LUK 16:4||I know what I will do; so that when I am dismissed from my position, some may receive me into their houses.'"|
|RF LUK 16:5||Then inviting separately the whole of his master's tenants, he asked the first, 'How much rent do you owe to my master?'|
|RF LUK 16:6||'A hundred baths 1 of oil; was his reply. 'Take your lease,' said the steward; ' sit down quickly, and write fifty.'|
|RF LUK 16:7||He then asked another, 'And how much is your rent?' 'A hundred korstm of wheat; was his reply. 'Take your lease; said the other,' and write fourscore.'|
|RF LUK 16:8||"And his master admired the rascality of the steward, because he had acted reflectively; for the sons of this world are for their own generation more reflective than the sons of the light.|
|RF LUK 16:9||"But I say to you make for yourselves friends beyond the world of villainy, so that when it departs they may receive you into everlasting dwellings.|
|RF LUK 16:10||The faithful in a very little will also be the same in much; and whoever is unjust in little will also be unjust in much.|
|RF LUK 16:11||If you are therefore dishonest with the unstable wealth, who will entrust to you that which is real?|
|RF LUK 16:12||And if you have not been trustworthy in regard to what belongs to another, who will entrust you with anything for yourselves?"|
|RF LUK 16:13|| No servant can serve two masters; for either he will disregard the one, and cling to the other; or, he will respect the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon."
1 About 730 gallons.
2 About 1200 bushels.
|RF LUK 16:14|| Address to Money Worshippers.
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, sneered at Him, however, when they heard all these remarks.
|RF LUK 16:15||To them he said: "As for you, you palm yourselves off as just in the presence of men; but God knows your hearts: for what is held up to human admiration is abhorred by God.|
|RF LUK 16:16||"You had the law and the prophets until the coming of John; from then the good news of the Kingdom of God has been preached, and all press into it.|
|RF LUK 16:17||It is easier, however, for the heaven and the earth to pass away, then for a single hairstroke of the law to be repealed.|
|RF LUK 16:18||[[" Every one dismissing his own wife and marrying another commits adultery; and any man marrying a woman who has been dismissed by her husband, commits adultery."]]|
|RF LUK 16:19|| The Rich Man and Lazarus.
There was once a man who was rich, and arrayed himself in purple and fine linen, and who every day lived in pleasure and luxury.
|RF LUK 16:20||And there was a beggar, named Lazarus, who, covered over with sores, was laid before his gate;|
|RF LUK 16:21||and he longed to be fed with the broken pieces which were thrown from the rich man's table; but, instead, the dogs came and licked his sores.|
|RF LUK 16:22||By-and-by, however, the beggar died; and he was conveyed by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.|
|RF LUK 16:23||And, in the spirit land, being in torment, he looked up, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.|
|RF LUK 16:24||And, shrieking out, he said, 'Father Abraham, have pity upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in torture in this flame!'|
|RF LUK 16:25||"Child,' said Abraham, in reply, ' remember that you exhausted your pleasures during your lifetime; and Lazarus in the same way his sufferings; but now here he is comforted, while you are agonized.|
|RF LUK 16:26|| Beside all this, a huge chasm lies between us and you; so that those who might desire to go from here towards you cannot do so; neither can any come to us from where you are.'
Note.—V. 18 has evidently been misplaced by some old copyist, for the subject of the address was against the sins of avarice and selfish luxury, and NOT upon the law of marriage.
|RF LUK 16:27||Then I beg of you, father,' replied the other, 'to send him to my father's house:|
|RF LUK 16:28||for I have five brothers; that he may entreat them; so that they also may not come into this place of torment.'|
|RF LUK 16:29||"They have Moses and the prophets,' replied Abraham; ' let them listen to them.' "|
|RF LUK 16:30||'Not so, father Abraham,' was his answer; ' but if some one would go to them from the dead, they would change their minds.'|
|RF LUK 16:31||"'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,' was his reply, 'neither will they be persuaded even if one were to rise from among the dead.'"|