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 21:1||
The Widow's Offering.
|RF LUK 21:2||and He also observed one poor widow throwing in two lepta.2|
|RF LUK 21:3||And He remarked, "I tell you most certainly, that this poor widow has thrown in more than all.|
|RF LUK 21:4||For all the others, out of their superfluity, have contributed to the gifts for God; but she, out of her poverty, has contributed all she had to live upon."|
|RF LUK 21:5|| The Destruction of the Temple Foretold.
Now when some were speaking about the temple, remarking how it was adorned with beautiful stones, and consecrated gifts, He said:
|RF LUK 21:6||"You see these upon which you are gazing; the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another, which has not been thrown down."|
|RF LUK 21:7|| "When, Teacher, will this be?" they then asked Him; "and what will be the sign of the accomplishment of these events?"
2 About a half penny
|RF LUK 21:8|| Signs of the End.
"Take care that you are not led into error," was His reply, "for many will come in My Name, declaring that 'I AM'; and that 'The crisis has approached': do not you however follow them.
|RF LUK 21:9||And when you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for all these must come first: but the end is not immediately."|
|RF LUK 21:10||Continuing, He said: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;|
|RF LUK 21:11||and there will be great earthquakes, and in many places famines and plagues; as well as terrifying signs from heaven.|
|RF LUK 21:12||But before all these, they will apprehend and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, on account of My name.|
|RF LUK 21:13||The result, however, will be as an evidence in your favour.|
|RF LUK 21:14||Resolve in your hearts, therefore, not to premeditate a defence;|
|RF LUK 21:15||for I will Myself give you eloquence and wisdom, which none of your opponents will be able to refute or withstand.|
|RF LUK 21:16||You will, however, be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends; while some among you will be murdered:|
|RF LUK 21:17||and you will be universally hated because of My name.|
|RF LUK 21:18||Not a hair of your heads, however, shall be lost.|
|RF LUK 21:19||By your patience you shall preserve your lives.|
|RF LUK 21:20|| The Destruction of Jerusalem.
"But when you shall see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, reflect that as her desolation is near.
|RF LUK 21:21||Then let those in Judea take flight to the hills; let those within her make their escape; and let not those in the neighborhood enter therein:|
|RF LUK 21:22||because these will be the days of her punishment, when all the recorded denunciations will be accomplished.|
|RF LUK 21:23||"Alas to those with child, and to nursing mothers in those days! for there will be great distress upon the land, and fury against the people.|
|RF LUK 21:24||And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive into every nation; while Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the heathen, until the times of the heathen are completed.|
|RF LUK 21:25||"And there will be signs in the sun, and moon, and stars; and upon the earth nations in despair, as when in terror of the roaring and raging sea:|
|RF LUK 21:26||men expiring from fear, and apprehension of what is coming upon the world: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.|
|RF LUK 21:27||And then shall they witness the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with transcendent power and majesty.|
|RF LUK 21:28||"But when these begin to appear, stand up and raise your heads; because your redemption then draws near.|
|RF LUK 21:29|| The Sign of the Fig Tree.
He now related this parable to them: "Observe the fig-tree, and all the trees;
|RF LUK 21:30||when they first sprout, looking upon them, you yourselves know that the summer is approaching.|
|RF LUK 21:31||In like manner you, too, when you witness these events, understand that the Kingdom of God is near.|
|RF LUK 21:32||I tell you indeed, that this generation shall not pass away, until all will begin.|
|RF LUK 21:33||The heavens and the earth may pass away; but My statements will not pass away.|
|RF LUK 21:34||But take care of yourselves, for fear your hearts should be loaded with debauchery, and drunkenness, and business cares, and that day come swiftly upon you like a snare;|
|RF LUK 21:35||for thus it will come upon all dwelling upon the face of the earth.|
|RF LUK 21:36||Watch, therefore, at every season, offering prayer; so that you may be prepared to escape all the coming calamities, and take your stand in the presence of the Son of Man."|
|RF LUK 21:37|| Closing Days of the Son of Man.
During the days He was teaching in the temple; and during the nights He went out and lodged in the hill known as Mount Olivet.
|RF LUK 21:38||And in the early morning, all the people rushed to the temple to listen to Him.|