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 3:1||
The Mission of John the Baptizer.
|RF LUK 3:2||during the High-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—the message of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, while in the desert.|
|RF LUK 3:3||And he went about the whole country of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of conversion for forgiveness of sins; as|
|RF LUK 3:4||it is recorded in the book of the sayings of Isaiah the prophet: A VOICE SHOUTING IN THE DESERT, PREPARE THE HIGHWAY FOR THE LORD, MAKE His PATHWAYS SMOOTH.|
|RF LUK 3:5||LET EVERY VALLEY BE FILLED UP, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL CUT DOWN, AND THE CROOKED PATHS MADE STRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGH GROUNDS SMOOTH:|
|RF LUK 3:6||THAT ALL PERSONS MAY SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD. 1|
|RF LUK 3:7||Addressing the crowd which had come out to be baptized by him, he then said, "Spawn of vipers! who has warned you to fly from the coming fury?|
|RF LUK 3:8||Produce at once, then, fruit befitting conversion; and do not begin to say within yourselves,' We possess as our forefather, Abraham'; for I tell you that God is able from among these stones to raise up children for Abraham.|
|RF LUK 3:9||But already the axe lies at the root of the trees; every tree therefore not producing good fruit will be felled, and thrown into the fire."|
|RF LUK 3:10|| Inquiries of the Crowd.
"What then are we to do?" asked the crowd.
|RF LUK 3:11||In reply, he told them, 'Who ever possesses two coats, let him give one to the man who has none; and let him who has food do likewise."|
|RF LUK 3:12||Tax-farmers also came to be baptized, and they asked him, "What, teacher, must we do?"|
|RF LUK 3:13||"Never extort more than is legally appointed to you," he replied.|
|RF LUK 3:14|| And the soldiers on the march also asked him, saying, "And we, what shall we do?" He said to them, "Extort from no one money by threats or false accusations; but be content with your pay."
1 Isaiah xl 3-5
|RF LUK 3:15|| The Real Baptizer.
When the people were hesitating, and all of them debating in themselves about John, whether or not he might be the Messiah,
|RF LUK 3:16||John addressed them, everywhere saying: "I certainly baptize you with water; but One stronger than myself will come, One whose shoelace I am not even great enough to untie; He will Himself baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire.|
|RF LUK 3:17||His winnower is in His hand, to perfectly cleanse His threshing-floor: and He will store up the wheat in His granary; but the chaff He will burn with inextinguishable fire."|
|RF LUK 3:18||And with many other exhortations he evangelized the people.|
|RF LUK 3:19||But Herod, the governor, having been reprimanded by him about Herodia, the wife of his brother, and of all the wickedness of which Herod had been guilty,|
|RF LUK 3:20||heaped this upon the whole, and had John confined in prison.|
|RF LUK 3:21|| The Baptism of Jesus.
however, occurred, when all the people were being baptized, Jesus having also been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
|RF LUK 3:22||and the Holy Spirit, in bodily appearance like a dove, descended upon Him, and a voice came out of heaven proclaiming, "You are My Son, My Beloved! in You I have delight!"|
|RF LUK 3:23|| The Genealogy of Jesus.
[[Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age on beginning [His work], being (as He was regarded) a son of Joseph, of Heli,
|RF LUK 3:24||of Matthat, of Levi, of Melchi, of Janna, of Joseph,|
|RF LUK 3:25||of Mattathias, of Amos, of Nahum, of Esli, of Naggai,|
|RF LUK 3:26||of Maath, of Mattathias, of Semein, of Josech, of Joda,|
|RF LUK 3:27||of Joanan, of Rhesa, of Zerubbabel, of Salathiel, of Neri,|
|RF LUK 3:28||of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam, of Elmadam, of Er,|
|RF LUK 3:29||of Jesus, of Eliezer, of Jorim, of Matthat, of Levi,|
|RF LUK 3:30||of Simeon, of juda, of Joseph, of Jonam, of Eliakim,|
|RF LUK 3:31||of Melea, of Menna, of Mattatha, of Nathan, of David,|
|RF LUK 3:32||of Jesse, of Obed, of Boaz, of Salmon, of Naasson,|
|RF LUK 3:33||of Aminadab, of Arni, of Hezron, of Pharez, of Judah,|
|RF LUK 3:34||of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nahor,|
|RF LUK 3:35||of Serug, of Raga, of Peleg, of Eber,of Salah,|
|RF LUK 3:36||of Cainan, of Arphazad, of Shem, of Noah, of lamech,|
|RF LUK 3:37||of Methuselah, of Enoch, of Jared, of Mahalaleel, of Cainan,|
|RF LUK 3:38|| of Enos, of Seth, of Adam, of God. 1 ]]
1 Note: These verses in Ferrar Fenton's. Original work were moved to the end of the book with the assumption based on his work that they were not inspired and were incorrect in their detail. The text has been placed in the same location as appears in the KJV.