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 2:1||
The Birth of Jesus.
|RF LUK 2:2||This first census was completed when Quirinus was governor of Syria.|
|RF LUK 2:3||And all went to be enumerated, each to his own town.|
|RF LUK 2:4||Joseph accordingly went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the town of David, known as Bethlehem (because by descent he belonged to the house of David),|
|RF LUK 2:5||to enroll himself along with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was now pregnant. 1|
|RF LUK 2:6||And it came about that while they were there, the time was completed for her delivery.|
|RF LUK 2:7||And she gave birth to her first-born son; and, wrapping Him in baby clothes, she laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.|
|RF LUK 2:8|| The Shepherds.
In that same district there were shepherds out in the fields, and keeping guard over their flocks by night.
|RF LUK 2:9||And a messenger of the Lord descended to them, and the lustre of the Lord shone round about them; and they became terribly afraid.|
|RF LUK 2:10||The messenger, however, said to them, "Do not be afraid: for I now come to make known to you a great Gift which shall be to all the people;|
|RF LUK 2:11||for today there is born in the town of David a Saviour, who is the Lord Messiah.|
|RF LUK 2:12||And the token is this: you shall find the Babe wrapped up in baby clothes, and lying in a manger."|
|RF LUK 2:13||Then suddenly appeared with the messenger a whole heavenly army, praising God. and chanting,|
|RF LUK 2:14||"Honour among the highest, to God, And peace upon earth, to men who accept"|
|RF LUK 2:15||The messengers then withdrew from them to heaven; and the shepherds said to one another, "Come now, let us go as far as Bethlehem, in order that we may see this event which the Lord has announced to us."|
|RF LUK 2:16||They accordingly went with all speed, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in the manger.|
|RF LUK 2:17||Then when they saw it, they made known the event told to them concerning that Child;|
|RF LUK 2:18||and all who heard it wondered at what was said respecting Him by the shepherds.|
|RF LUK 2:19||Mary, however, treasured up all these events in her mind, reflecting upon them in her heart.|
|RF LUK 2:20||The shepherds then returned, worshipping and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, even as it had been announced to them.|
|RF LUK 2:21|| The Circumcision and Presentation of Jesus.
And when the eight days were completed for His circumcision, they gave Him the name of Jesus; that being the name given by the angel before His conception.
|RF LUK 2:22||And after the completion of the days of their purification, as directed under the law of Moses, 1 they took Him to Jerusalem, in order to present Him to the Lord;|
|RF LUK 2:23||as it is recorded in the law of the Lord, that EVERY MALE THAT IS THE FIRST-BORN OF A MOTHER SHALL BE SET APART AS HOLY TO THE LORD 2;|
|RF LUK 2:24||and to offer a sacrifice in accordance with a command in the law of the Lord, A PAIR OF TURTLE-DOVES, OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS.1|
|RF LUK 2:25|| Simeon and His Song.
There was then in Jerusalem a man named Simeon, honest and devout, who was awaiting the gladdening of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
|RF LUK 2:26||And he had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.|
|RF LUK 2:27||And he had come into the temple full of the Spirit; and when the parents of the Child Jesus entered for the purpose of observing the custom of the law concerning Him,|
|RF LUK 2:28||he took Him into his own arms, and praised God, and said:|
|RF LUK 2:29||"Now release Your servant, Master, According to Your word, in peace!|
|RF LUK 2:30||Because mine eyes have seen Your salvation,|
|RF LUK 2:31||Which You have prepared in the presence of all the peoples,|
|RF LUK 2:32||A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE NATIONS, AND THE HONOUR OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL." 4|
|RF LUK 2:33||Joseph and his mother, however, wondered at what was spoken concerning Him.|
|RF LUK 2:34||And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, His mother: "Remember, He is appointed for the falling and rising again of many in Israel; and for an object to be abused;|
|RF LUK 2:35||yes, and a sword shall run through your own soul itself, until the designs of many hearts can be laid bare."|
|RF LUK 2:36|| Anna the Prophetess.
And there was Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was burdened with age, having lived with a husband seven years from the time of her girlhood,
|RF LUK 2:37||and had been a widow for about eighty- four years), who did not leave the temple, but worshipped day and night with fasting and prayer.|
|RF LUK 2:38|| And coming up at that very moment, she gave thanks to God; and spoke about Him to all who were waiting for the release of Jerusalem.
1 Lev. xii.
2 Exod. xiii. 2
3 Lev. xii. 8
4 Isa. xlii. 6;:xlix 6
|RF LUK 2:39|| Return to Nazareth.
And when they had completed all in accordance with the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth;
|RF LUK 2:40||where the Child grew, and was strengthened in spirit, being filled with wisdom,|
|RF LUK 2:41|| and the favour of God rested upon Him.
The Lost Child.
His parents, however, went yearly to Jerusalem to the festival of the Passover.
|RF LUK 2:42||And when He was twelve years old, they went to Jerusalem, as was customary, to the festival.|
|RF LUK 2:43||And the time being completed, as they were returning, the Child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents, however, did not know it;—|
|RF LUK 2:44||but thinking that He was in the party, they proceeded a day's journey, and searched for Him among their relatives and friends.|
|RF LUK 2:45||But failing to find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for Him.|
|RF LUK 2:46||And it transpired that, after three days, they discovered Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to and questioning them.|
|RF LUK 2:47||And all who heard Him were astonished at His intelligence and His answers.|
|RF LUK 2:48||And when they saw Him, they were surprised; and His mother said to Him, "Why, my Child, have You treated us in this way? Your father and I have been searching for You with aching hearts."|
|RF LUK 2:49||"Why then did you search for Me?" He asked them; 'do you not know that I must be employed in My Father's house?"|
|RF LUK 2:50||They could not understand, however, the fact which He told them.|
|RF LUK 2:51||Yet He returned with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; but His mother reflected on all these events in her heart.|
|RF LUK 2:52||Jesus also advanced in wisdom and age, as well as in favour in the presence of God and men.|