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 17:1||
|RF LUK 17:2||It would be better for him to have an upper millstone fastened round his neck, and be flung into the sea, rather than that he should cause a single one of these little ones to fall.|
|RF LUK 17:3||Take care of yourselves: If your brother sins, remonstrate with him; and if he change his mind, forgive him.|
|RF LUK 17:4||And even if he should sin against you seven times a day, and come again to you, saying, 'I mean to do better,' you must forgive him."|
|RF LUK 17:5|| Trust and Duty.
The apostles then said to the Master, "Increase our faith!" " If you possessed a faith like but a grain of mustard-seed,"
|RF LUK 17:6||replied the Master, "you could say to this mulberry-tree, 'Be instantly uprooted, and planted in the sea'; and it would obey you!"|
|RF LUK 17:7||But who is there among you, having a servant ploughing or shepherding, would say to him on his return from the field—'Come at once, and have your dinner.'|
|RF LUK 17:8||On the contrary, will he not say?—' Get something ready for my dinner; also tidy yourself, and wait upon me while I eat and drink; and after that you can yourself eat and drink.'|
|RF LUK 17:9||Does he feel indebted to his servant for thus carrying out his instructions? I think not.|
|RF LUK 17:10||In the same way, you, too, when you have discharged everything entrusted to you, should say, ' We are worthless servants, who have done what it was our duty to do."'|
|RF LUK 17:11|| The Ungrateful Lepers.
As He was journeying on the way to Jerusalem, He passed through the confines of Samaria and Galilee;
|RF LUK 17:12||and when about to enter one village, He was met by ten leprous men, who, standing at a distance,|
|RF LUK 17:13||shouted with loud voices, "Jesus, Master, have pity upon us!"|
|RF LUK 17:14||When looking upon them, He said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And it came about that as they were going, they were cured.|
|RF LUK 17:15||And one of them, perceiving that he was cured, turned back, praising God with aloud voice;|
|RF LUK 17:16||and, prostrating himself at the feet of Jesus, he returned Him thanks. This man was a Samaritan.|
|RF LUK 17:17||"Were not the ten cured?" asked Jesus: "but the nine, where are they?|
|RF LUK 17:18||Have none been found returning to thank God, except this foreigner?"|
|RF LUK 17:19||He then said to the man, "Arise and depart; your faith has saved you!"|
|RF LUK 17:20|| Concerning the Kingdom.
Being now further questioned by the Pharisees respecting the time when the Kingdom of God would come, He told them in reply: "The Kingdom of God will not come in the way you imagine;
|RF LUK 17:21||neither can they say, 'Look here!' or ' There'; for see! the Kingdom of God exists within yourselves."|
|RF LUK 17:22|| Premonitory signs.
And to His disciples He said: "The time will come when you shall long to see one of the days of the Son of Man; and you shall not see it.
|RF LUK 17:23||And they shall shout to you, 'Look here!' 'Look yonder!' Neither go, however, nor follow after;|
|RF LUK 17:24||for just as the lightning flashes from the high heaven to the high heaven, so will the|
|RF LUK 17:25||Son of Man be in His own day. But, in the first place, He has much to endure; yes, to be rejected by this generation.|
|RF LUK 17:26||And, as it happened in the time of Noah, even so will it also be in the period of the Son of Man.|
|RF LUK 17:27||They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being betrothed, until the day arrived for Noah to enter the Ark; then the Deluge came, and destroyed them all.|
|RF LUK 17:28||So likewise was it in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying they were selling, they were planting, they were building;|
|RF LUK 17:29||but when the day came for Lot to depart from Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky, and destroyed them all.|
|RF LUK 17:30||So will it be upon the day in which the Son of Man is revealed.|
|RF LUK 17:31||In that day, whoever may be upon the balcony, let him not descend into his house to clear out his furniture: and let not the one who is in the field return home.|
|RF LUK 17:32||Remember Lot's wife!|
|RF LUK 17:33||"Whoever attempts to preserve his life shall lose it; but whoever does lose it shall preserve it.|
|RF LUK 17:34||In that night, let Me tell you, there shall be two men in one bed; the one will be taken, and the other left.|
|RF LUK 17:35||Two women will be grinding together; the one will be taken, and the other left.|
|RF LUK 17:36||Two may be in the field; the one will be taken, and the other left."|
|RF LUK 17:37||Then, in reply to Him, they asked, "Where, Master?" " Where the carcase is," He answered them, "there too the vultures will be found assembled."|