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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 MAT 17:1

The Transfiguration.
About six days afterwards, Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and went with them up a high mountain privately;

   
RF MAT 17:2 and He was transfigured in their presence. And His face shone like the sun; while His garments became white like light.
   
RF MAT 17:3 And there appeared Moses and Elijah, conversing with Him.
   
RF MAT 17:4 Then Peter, addressing Jesus, said, "Master, how delightful it is for us to be here! If You wish, we will make three tents —one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
   
RF MAT 17:5 While he was still speaking, a shining cloud suddenly floated around them; and a voice from the cloud said, "This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight; listen to Him!"
   
RF MAT 17:6 And the disciples, hearing it, fell upon their faces, and were terrified;
   
RF MAT 17:7 Jesus coming, however, touched them, and said, "Arise, and be not in terror."
   
RF MAT 17:8 Then looking up, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.
   
RF MAT 17:9 And coming down from the mountain, Jesus enjoined them to "Report that vision to no person, until after the Son of Man is risen from the dead."
   
RF MAT 17:10 His disciples then asked Him, "Why do the professors then say that Elijah must come first?"
   
RF MAT 17:11 "Elijah indeed will come first, and reform all," He answered;
   
RF MAT 17:12 "but I tell you that Elijah has already been, and they did not recognize him On the contrary, they did with him what they pleased; and in the same way the Son of Man will be treated by them."
   
RF MAT 17:13 The disciples then fully comprehended that He spoke to them about John the Baptizer.
   
RF MAT 17:14 An Epileptic Cured.
And when they came near to the crowd, a man approached Him, kneeling to Him, and saying,
   
RF MAT 17:15 "Master, have pity upon my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers terribly! He frequently falls into the fire, and often into the water also.
   
RF MAT 17:16 And I brought him to Your disciples, but they were not able to cure him."
   
RF MAT 17:17 Then Jesus said in reply, "What an unbelieving and perverted race! How long must I remain with you? How long must I support you? Bring him here to Me."
   
RF MAT 17:18 And Jesus reproved him, and the demon departed from him; and the boy was cured from that hour.
   
RF MAT 17:19 The disciples afterwards approached Jesus privately, and asked, "What was the reason why we could not cast that one out?"
   
RF MAT 17:20 "The reason was," Jesus answered them, "your want of faith; for I assure you, if you possessed faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Be removed from here to there, ' and it would be removed! And to you nothing shall be impossible.
   
RF MAT 17:21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
   
RF MAT 17:22 And as they were travelling in Galilee, Jesus remarked to them, "The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,
   
RF MAT 17:23 and they will murder Him; but He will be raised up the third day." And they were deeply grieved.
   
RF MAT 17:24 Paying the Temple Tax.
Then when they entered into Capernaum, the tax-collectors came to Peter and said, "Does not your Teacher pay the temple-tax?"
   
RF MAT 17:25 "Yes," he answered. And when he entered the house, Jesus said to him before he spoke, "What do you think, Simon—from whom do the kings of the earth take tax, or toll? from their own children or from other people?"
   
RF MAT 17:26 "From other people," said Peter. "The sons are therefore free," said Jesus to him.
   
RF MAT 17:27 "But so that we may not aggravate them, go and cast a fishing-line into the sea, take the fish that first comes up, and on opening its mouth, you will find a stater-coin. Taking that, give it to them for you and Me."
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