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 18:1||
The Unjust Judge.
|RF LUK 18:2||"There was in a town," He said, a "a judge, who neither feared God, nor respected man.|
|RF LUK 18:3||And in the same town there was a widow, who kept coming to Him, pleading, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'|
|RF LUK 18:4||He refused, however, for some time. But afterwards he argued thus with himself: Although I neither fear God, nor care for man,|
|RF LUK 18:5||yet, because this widow gives me trouble, I will grant her justice; for if I do not, she will distract me at last by her coming.'|
|RF LUK 18:6||"Mark now," said the Master, "what the unjust judge determined.|
|RF LUK 18:7||And will not God grant justice to His chosen, who cry to Him day and night, and have pity upon them?|
|RF LUK 18:8||He will, I tell you, grant them justice very quickly. When the Son of Man comes, however, will He find this faith upon the earth?"|
|RF LUK 18:9|| The Pharisee and the Tax-Farmer at Prayer.
He then addressed this parable to some who were confident of their own righteousness, and despised the rest:
|RF LUK 18:10||"Two men went up to the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-farmer.|
|RF LUK 18:11||The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ' O God, I thank Thee that I am not like the rest of mankind—greedy, unjust, profligate; nor even like this tax-farmer.|
|RF LUK 18:12||I fast twice a week; I tithe all that I possess!'|
|RF LUK 18:13||But the tax-farmer, standing at a distance, did not dare even to raise his eyes to heaven; but merely struck his breast, exclaiming, ' O God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'|
|RF LUK 18:14||"This man, I tell you, returned home more righteous than the other; for every one exalting himself shall be humbled, but the one who humbles himself shall be exalted."|
|RF LUK 18:15|| Jesus and Little Children.
And they were also bringing to Him their babes, in order that He might touch them; but the disciples, on seeing it, prevented them—
|RF LUK 18:16||But Jesus hailed them to Him, saying, "Allow the little children to come to Me, and hinder them not; for of such consists the Kingdom of God.|
|RF LUK 18:17||I tell you indeed, that if any one does not accept the Kingdom of God like a little child, he can by no means enter it."|
|RF LUK 18:18|| The Barrier of Wealth.
One of the nobles then asked Him, ' Beneficent Teacher, what shall I do in order to secure everlasting life?"
|RF LUK 18:19||"Why do you call Me beneficent?" said Jesus in reply; "One alone is beneficent—God Himself.|
|RF LUK 18:20||You know the commands: DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; DO NOT MURDER; DO NOT STEAL; DO NOT COMMIT PERJURY; HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER." 2|
|RF LUK 18:21||"All these I have observed from my youth," was his answer.|
|RF LUK 18:22||Jesus, hearing this, said to him, "You are only deficient in one respect: sell all that you possess, and distribute to the poor; and you shall have wealth in heaven. Then return, and become My follower."|
|RF LUK 18:23||On hearing this, however, he became depressed; for he was exceedingly rich.|
|RF LUK 18:24||And Jesus, observing him turning sad, remarked, "With what difficulty can those possessing wealth enter the Kingdom of God!|
|RF LUK 18:25|| It is easier, indeed, for a camel to pass through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God!"
2 Exod. 20:12-16
|RF LUK 18:26||"Who then can be saved?" asked the bystanders.|
|RF LUK 18:27||"The impossible with men," He replied, "is the possible with God."|
|RF LUK 18:28||"Why," observed Peter, "we have left everything, and followed You."|
|RF LUK 18:29||"I tell you indeed," was His reply, "there is not one who shall have forsaken home, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children, on account of the Kingdom of God,|
|RF LUK 18:30||who will not receive in return much more in the present time, and in the age to come everlasting life."|
|RF LUK 18:31|| Jesus Foretells his Death and Resurrection.
Then conversing aside with the twelve, He said to them: "We are now going up to Jerusalem; and all that has been written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.
|RF LUK 18:32||For He will be handed over to the heathen, and will be ridiculed, assaulted, spit upon;|
|RF LUK 18:33||and having flogged, they will murder Him; but upon the third day He will rise again,"|
|RF LUK 18:34||They understood nothing of this, however; for the thought was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend its meaning.|
|RF LUK 18:35|| The Blind Beggar.
As He was approaching Jericho, a blind man who sat at the roadside begging,
|RF LUK 18:36||on hearing the passing crowd, inquired what it meant.|
|RF LUK 18:37||They accordingly told-him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by;|
|RF LUK 18:38||upon which he at once shouted out, exclaiming, "Jesus, Son of David, pity me!"|
|RF LUK 18:39||And those going on before ordered him to keep silent; but he merely shouted out the louder, "Jesus, Son of David, pity me!"|
|RF LUK 18:40||Then Jesus, stopping, commanded the man to be brought to Him; and when he came near, He asked him,|
|RF LUK 18:41||"What do you wish Me to do for you?" "Master, was his reply, "that I may recover my eyesight!"|
|RF LUK 18:42||" Recover your eyesight," said Jesus to him; "your faith has saved you."|
|RF LUK 18:43||And regaining his eyesight immediately, he followed Him, praising God. And all the people, on seeing it, gave thanks to God.|