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 8:1||
The Story of the Sower.
|RF LUK 8:2||And the twelve accompanied Him, as well as some women who had been relieved of foul spirits and sicknesses, including Mary, called the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had been expelled;|
|RF LUK 8:3|| Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; Susanna, and many others, who assisted Him out of their own property.
1 About sixty-two pounds.
2 About six pounds
|RF LUK 8:4||Now when a great crowd—collected from the towns—came out to Him, He addressed them in a parable:|
|RF LUK 8:5||"The sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed some fell by the roadside; where it was trodden upon, and was eaten up by the birds of the sky.|
|RF LUK 8:6||And some fell upon the stones; but on sprouting, it withered for want of moisture.|
|RF LUK 8:7||Some again fell among the thistles; and the thistles growing up choked it.|
|RF LUK 8:8||The remainder, however, fell into good soil; and growing up, it yielded grain a hundredfold." Having said this, He cried out, "Whoever has ears to hear, let him Listen!"|
|RF LUK 8:9||His disciples afterwards asked Him, "What may this parable be?" "It has been given to you,"|
|RF LUK 8:10||He so said, "to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables: BECAUSE SEEING, THEY CANNOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY WILL NOT UNDERSTAND.1"|
|RF LUK 8:11||Now the parable is simply this The seed is the message of God.|
|RF LUK 8:12||Those by the roadside are the hearers; but the Devil comes, and snatches the message from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.|
|RF LUK 8:13||And those upon the stones are they who listen, and accept the message with delight; but being rootless, they trust for a time only, and in the hour of trial they fall away.|
|RF LUK 8:14||And that falling among the thistles are those who are hearers; but being choked under the anxieties, wealth, and pleasures of life, become totally unproductive.|
|RF LUK 8:15||But that upon the good soil represents those who with an honest and pure heart listen to the message, hold it fast, and yield its fruit with persistence.|
|RF LUK 8:16|| The Light and How to Use it.
"No one, having lighted a lamp, hides it under acorn-measure, or puts it under a couch; but places it upon a lamp-stand, so that the light may be seen by those who enter.
|RF LUK 8:17||For nothing is hidden which shall not be displayed; nor wrapped up in secret, that will not be brought to light.|
|RF LUK 8:18|| Beware, therefore, how you listen: for whoever possesses shall have his store increased; but whoever possesses nothing shall be deprived of what he imagines he does possess."
1 Isa. 6.46
|RF LUK 8:19|| Mother and Brethren.
His mother and brothers then came; but were unable to approach Him on account of the crowd.
|RF LUK 8:20||It was accordingly reported to Him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You."|
|RF LUK 8:21||"My mother and My brothers," He replied, "are those who listen to the message of God, and act up to it."|
|RF LUK 8:22|| Stilling the Storm.
Now during one of those days, He went into a boat; and being accompanied by His disciples, He said to them, "Let us go across the lake." So they sailed off.
|RF LUK 8:23||As they were sailing, however, He fell into a deep sleep; but a storm then blowing down upon the lake, they were being flooded, and were in extreme danger.|
|RF LUK 8:24||So they went to arouse Him, exclaiming, "Master, Master, we shall be lost!" But He, roused from sleep, commanded the wind and the rolling waters, and they became calm.|
|RF LUK 8:25||He then asked them, "Where is your faith?" In their terror and amazement, however, they said to one another, "Who then is this? that He even orders the winds and the water, and they obey Him!"|
|RF LUK 8:26|| The Gadarene Demoniac.
They then sailed to the district of the Gadarenes, situated upon the opposite shore to Galilee.
|RF LUK 8:27||And having disembarked, there met Him a man of that town, who was demonized; who for a long time had worn no clothes, and did not live at home, but among the tombs.|
|RF LUK 8:28||And seeing Jesus, he shrieked out, and fell down before Him, and called with a loud voice, "What is there between me and You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Do not, I beg of You, torture me!"|
|RF LUK 8:29||For He had ordered the foul spirit to depart from the man, because it frequently took possession of him; and although he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles, yet breaking these, he used to be driven by the demon into the deserts.|
|RF LUK 8:30||"What is your name?" asked Jesus. "Legion," replied he; for many demons had gone into him.|
|RF LUK 8:31||And they implored Him that He would not order them to return to the pit.|
|RF LUK 8:32||There was a large herd of swine feeding upon the hill near by; and they begged that He would give them permission to enter them. He accordingly gave them leave.|
|RF LUK 8:33||The demons then went out from the man to the swine; and the herd rushed headlong down the precipice into the lake, and were drowned.|
|RF LUK 8:34||Then the feeders, seeing what had occurred, took to flight, and reported the matter in the town, and in the country.|
|RF LUK 8:35||The people accordingly came out to see what had taken place: and coming to Jesus, they found the man, out of whom the demons had gone, sitting clothed, and in his right mind, near the feet of Jesus; and they were terrified.|
|RF LUK 8:36||Those who had witnessed it then related how it occurred, and how the demoniac was cured.|
|RF LUK 8:37||Then all the people of the neighborhood of the Gadarenes begged Him to leave them; for great terror took possession of them. So going into the boat, He returned.|
|RF LUK 8:38||The man, however, out of whom the demons had departed, entreated to be allowed to accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,|
|RF LUK 8:39||"Return to your own home, and declare what God has done for you." And he went back, proclaiming through the whole town what Jesus had done for him.|
|RF LUK 8:40||But Jesus, on His return, was welcomed with delight by the crowd, for they were all waiting for Him.|
|RF LUK 8:41|| The Daughter of Jairus.
A man named Jairus, a chief of the synagogue, then came to Him; and falling down at the feet of Jesus, he urged Him to go to his house,
|RF LUK 8:42||because he had an only child, a daughter twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He was going, He was pressed by the crowd.|
|RF LUK 8:43||Then a woman, who had suffered from hemorrhage for twelve years—who was not able to be cured by any one—|
|RF LUK 8:44||having come behind Him, touched the fringe of His cloak; and at once her flow of blood was stopped.|
|RF LUK 8:45||"Who touched Me?" Jesus then asked. All denying it, Peter and the others who were with Him said, "'Why, Master, the crowd besiege and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?"|
|RF LUK 8:46||Jesus, however, said, "Some one did touch Me; for I perceive that power has issued from Me."|
|RF LUK 8:47||Then the woman, seeing that she could not be concealed, came forward trembling; and, falling down before Him, declared in the presence of all the people the reason for which she had touched Him, and told how she had been immediately cured.|
|RF LUK 8:48||"Daughter," said Jesus to her, 'take courage! your faith has saved you; go in peace!"|
|RF LUK 8:49||While He was still speaking, a messenger came to the chief of the synagogue, saying, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher."|
|RF LUK 8:50||Jesus, overhearing it, however, said to him, "Do not fear I only believe, and she shall be saved."|
|RF LUK 8:51||And, on arriving at the house, He allowed none to enter it with Him but Peter, John, and James, together with the father and mother of the girl;|
|RF LUK 8:52||and all were mourning and lamenting her. But He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but has fainted."|
|RF LUK 8:53||But they laughed at Him in derision, convinced that she was dead.|
|RF LUK 8:54||He then turned them all out; and, taking her by the hand, He spoke, saying, "My girl, arise!"|
|RF LUK 8:55||Her breath thereupon returned, and she at once got up. And He gave orders for her to have something to eat.|
|RF LUK 8:56||And her parents were in ecstasy. He, however, enjoined them to tell no one what had occurred.|