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 9:1||
The Mission of the Twelve
|RF LUK 9:2||And sending them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and to restore the suffering,|
|RF LUK 9:3||He said to them: "Take nothing for your journey, neither stick, nor purse, nor bread, nor money; nor yet provide two cloaks.|
|RF LUK 9:4||And into whatever house you may enter, there stay until your departure;|
|RF LUK 9:5||and whoever will not receive you, depart from that town, and shake off the dust from your feet as a witness against them."|
|RF LUK 9:6||Then, taking their departure, they went throughout the neighboring villages evangelizing, and everywhere curing sickness.|
|RF LUK 9:7|| The Alarm of Herod.
Herod the tetrarch also heard of all that was done. And he became much perplexed, because it was said by some people that John had risen from the dead;
|RF LUK 9:8||by some that Elijah had appeared; and by others that one of the old prophets had returned.|
|RF LUK 9:9||But Herod said, "I have beheaded John; but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" And he endeavored to see Him.|
|RF LUK 9:10|| The Feeding of the Five Thousand.
Upon their return, the apostles reported to Him what they had done; and taking them apart, He withdrew privately to a desert place near the town called Bethsaida.
|RF LUK 9:11||But the crowd, on learning it, followed Him: and He welcomed them, and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God; and these among them who required medical treatment He cured.|
|RF LUK 9:12||Then when the day began to decline, the twelve came to Him, and said: 'Dismiss the crowd, in order that they may go into the surrounding villages and towns, and procure lodgings and food; for we are here in a desert place.'|
|RF LUK 9:13||"Give them food yourselves," He said to them. " We have nothing more than five loaves and two fishes," they replied; " unless, indeed, we should go and buy provisions for all these people."|
|RF LUK 9:14||(For they numbered about five thousand men.) " Make them recline in parties of about fifty each," He instructed His disciples.|
|RF LUK 9:15||They accordingly did so, making them all to be seated.|
|RF LUK 9:16||Taking then the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up towards heaven, He blessed and broke them, and handed to His disciples to distribute to the people. And they all partook, and were satisfied;|
|RF LUK 9:17||and of the broken pieces that remained over, they collected twelve baskets full.|
|RF LUK 9:18|| The Declaration of Peter.
It occurred once that as He was praying in private, the disciples being with Him, He asked them, "Who do the crowd say that I am?"
|RF LUK 9:19||Replying, they said, "John the Baptizer; others, Elijah; and others that one of the old prophets has risen again."|
|RF LUK 9:20|| "But whom do you declare Me to be?"He then asked them. "
The Messiah of God!" Peter replied.
|RF LUK 9:21||He then enjoined, and ordered them to tell that to no one; adding,|
|RF LUK 9:22||"The Son of Man has much to endure; aye, to be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and professors, and be murdered, and be raised again the third day."|
|RF LUK 9:23||But, speaking to every one, He further said: "If any one wishes to come to Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.|
|RF LUK 9:24||For should any one desire to preserve his life, he shall lose it; but whoever may lose his life on account of Me, he will preserve it.|
|RF LUK 9:25||What, indeed, will it profit a man to gain the whole world, but destroy himself or suffer loss?|
|RF LUK 9:26||For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My message, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in the majesty of Himself, and of the Father, and of the holy angels.|
|RF LUK 9:27||But, indeed, I tell you, there are some of those standing here who shall not taste of death, until they see the Kingdom of God."|
|RF LUK 9:28|| A Glimpse of the Divine Majesty.
It was about eight days after these discourses that He ascended the mountain to pray, taking with Him Peter, John, and James.
|RF LUK 9:29||And while He was praying the appearance of His face became quite altered; and His clothes dazzled in their whiteness.|
|RF LUK 9:30||And two men also were talking to Him, who were Moses and Elijah;|
|RF LUK 9:31||who, appearing in magnificence, spoke of His departure, which He was about to celebrate at Jerusalem.|
|RF LUK 9:32||Now Peter and those who were with him had been heavy with sleep; but on being fully roused, they saw His majesty, and the two men standing with Him.|
|RF LUK 9:33||And as they were parting from Him, Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, how delightful it is for us to be here! Let us make three dwellings; one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah," hardly knowing what he said.|
|RF LUK 9:34||As he was speaking, however, a cloud came and overshadowed them; but on their entering into the cloud, they became afraid.|
|RF LUK 9:35||And a voice came out of the cloud, exclaiming, "This is My Son, My Chosen; listen to Him!"|
|RF LUK 9:36||And when the sound had died away, Jesus was found alone. But they kept it silent, and in those days related to no one anything about what they had seen.|
|RF LUK 9:37|| The Demonic Boy.
At the close of the day, when they descended the mountain, a Large crowd met Him.
|RF LUK 9:38||And a man from the crowd shouted out, exclaiming, "Teacher, I beg You to look upon my son, because he is the only one born to me.|
|RF LUK 9:39||And at times a spirit seizes him, when he suddenly shrieks; and it convulses him so that he foams, and it leaves him in anguish, breaking him.|
|RF LUK 9:40||I brought him to your disciples, so that they might expel it; but they were unable."|
|RF LUK 9:41||"What a perverse and unbelieving race!" exclaimed Jesus, in reply; "how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? Bring your son here."|
|RF LUK 9:42||And while he was on the way, the demon threw him down and convulsed him painfully. But Jesus restrained the foul spirit, cured the boy, and returned him to his father.|
|RF LUK 9:43||And they were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all wondering at what Jesus had done, He said to His disciples,|
|RF LUK 9:44||"Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men."|
|RF LUK 9:45||But they did not understand the statement. And it was concealed from them, so that they should not comprehend it; and they were afraid to ask Him about the expression.|
|RF LUK 9:46|| A Lesson of Meekness.
A discussion then took place among them, as to which of them must be the greatest.
|RF LUK 9:47||But Jesus, perceiving the debate in their hearts, took a little child, and placing him by His side,|
|RF LUK 9:48||said to them "Whoever receives this child in My name, receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives My Sender; for the least esteemed among you all is the one who will be great."|
|RF LUK 9:49|| A Lesson of Toleration.
John now said to Him, "Master, we saw some one expelling demons in Your Name; and we prohibited him, because he did not go with us."
|RF LUK 9:50||"Do not hinder," said Jesus, in reply; "for whoever is not opposed to us is on our side."|
|RF LUK 9:51|| Rejected by the Samaritans.
When the days previous to His crucifixion were drawing to a close, He Himself set His face to go up to Jerusalem.
|RF LUK 9:52||And He sent messengers to prepare His approach; and proceeding, they entered a village of the Samaritans, in order to prepare for Him.|
|RF LUK 9:53||But they would not receive Him, because it appeared that He was going to Jerusalem.|
|RF LUK 9:54||When His disciples James and John saw it, they exclaimed, "Master, is it Your wish that we should call fire down from heaven, and consume them?"|
|RF LUK 9:55||But He turned round, and reproached them.|
|RF LUK 9:56||They accordingly proceeded to another village.|
|RF LUK 9:57|| The Three Who Sought Jesus.
And as they went on their way, a man said to Him, "I will follow You, Master, wherever You may go."
|RF LUK 9:58||"The foxes have holes," said Jesus, in reply to him, "the birds of the sky have shelters: but the Son of Man has not even a place where He can lay His head."|
|RF LUK 9:59||Speaking to another, He said, "Follow Me!" " Allow me first, Sir, to go and bury my father," was his reply.|
|RF LUK 9:60||"Leave the dead to bury their own dead," said Jesus to him; " but go you, and spread abroad the message of the Kingdom of God."|
|RF LUK 9:61||"I will follow You, Sir," remarked another to Him; "but allow me first to arrange my affairs."|
|RF LUK 9:62||But to him Jesus said, "No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is adapted for the Kingdom of God."|