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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 21:1

The Royal Entry into Jerusalem.
Now when they were nearing Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent forward two of His disciples, saying to them:

   
RF MAT 21:2 "Go into the village before you, and you will find an ass tied ready, and a colt along with her; loosen, and bring them to Me.
   
RF MAT 21:3 And should any one speak to you about it, say in reply, ' The Master has need of them'; and at once he will send them."
   
RF MAT 21:4 And all this occurred in order that the statement might be verified which was delivered through the prophet, saying,
   
RF MAT 21:5 SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, SEE! YOUR KING COMES TO YOU HUMBLY, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS, WITH A COLT, A FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.1
   
RF MAT 21:6 His disciples then went and did just as Jesus had ordered them;
   
RF MAT 21:7 leading the ass and the colt, upon which they placed their cloaks, and He seated Himself upon them.
   
RF MAT 21:8 And the mass of the people spread their own cloaks along the road, while others plucked branches from the trees, and scattered them upon the path;
   
RF MAT 21:9 and the crowd going on before, and following in the rear, called out, exclaiming, HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID! BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; HOSANNA FROM THE HIGHEST!2
   
RF MAT 21:10 And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city became excited, asking, "Who is He?"
   
RF MAT 21:11 To this the crowd made reply, "He is Jesus the Prophet, Who comes from Nazareth of Galilee."
   
RF MAT 21:12 Cleaning out the Temple.
Then Jesus entered the temple of God; and sent out of the temple all the buyers and sellers, and overturned the tables of the money-brokers, and the stands of the pigeon dealers,
   
RF MAT 21:13 and told them, "It is recorded, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER3; but YOU HAVE TURNED IT INTO A DEN OF THIEVES4."
   
RF MAT 21:14 They also brought blind and lame people into the temple, and He cured them.
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1. Zech 9:9
2. Psa 118:25-26
3. Isa Ivl 7
4. Jer 7. II
   
RF MAT 21:15 But the chief priests and professors, observing the miracles which He performed, and hearing the young men cheering and exclaiming in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became mad with indignation,
   
RF MAT 21:16 and asked Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" "Yes," said Jesus in reply to them; "have you never read that OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN AND SUCKLINGS I HAVE OBTAINED PRAISE?" Psa 8:2
   
RF MAT 21:17 Then leaving them, He went out of the city into Bethany, and there lodged for the night.
   
RF MAT 21:18 The Worthless Fig Tree.
Now in the early dawn, while returning to the city, He became
   
RF MAT 21:19 hungry; and seeing a fig-tree by the roadside, He went to it, but found nothing upon it except leaves. He accordingly said, "Never from now let more fruit grow upon you." And at once the fig-tree began to wither.
   
RF MAT 21:20 And the disciples, seeing it, wondered, exclaiming, "How quickly that fig-tree has dried up!"
   
RF MAT 21:21 "I tell you truly," Jesus answered them, "if you possessed faith, and never doubted, you could do not only what has been done to the fig-tree, but more; were you to say to this hill, 'Remove, and be flung into the sea! it would be done;
   
RF MAT 21:22 and all that you ask believingly in prayer, you shall receive."
   
RF MAT 21:23 Credentials Demanded.
Now on His entering the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people approached Him, while He was teaching, demanding, "By what authority do You act this way; and who gave You that authority?"
   
RF MAT 21:24 Jesus, replying to them, said, "I also will ask you just one question; which, if you can answer Me, I, in return, will tell you under whose authority I am working.
   
RF MAT 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it; from heaven, or from men?" They accordingly consulted among themselves apart, saying, "If we should reply,' From heaven,' He will ask us, 'Why then did you not believe him?
   
RF MAT 21:26 But if we should say, 'From men,' we must reckon with the public; for all regard John as a prophet."
   
RF MAT 21:27 Returning then to Jesus, they said, "We do not know." "Neither will I," said Jesus in reply to them, "tell you by whose authority I am acting.
   
RF MAT 21:28 The Two Sons.
"But what do you think? A man had two sons; and coming to the elder one, he said, 'Son, go and work today in my vineyard.'
   
RF MAT 21:29 'I will not,' was his answer; but he afterwards repented, and went.
   
RF MAT 21:30 Then going to his second son, he said the same. 'I go, father,' was his reply; but he did not go.
   
RF MAT 21:31 Which of these two did the will of his father?" "The first," they replied. Jesus, continuing, said to them, "I tell you indeed, that the extortioners and harlots will precede you into the Kingdom of God.
   
RF MAT 21:32 For John came to you on a mission of righteousness, and you put no faith in him; but the extortioners and the harlots believed in him; while you, looking on, did not repent after all to believe him.
   
RF MAT 21:33 The Wicked Tenants.
"Listen to another illustration: A particular landowner planted a vineyard, fenced it round about, and in it dug a wine-vat, and erected a watchtower; then he let it out to tenants, and went off upon a journey.
   
RF MAT 21:34 But when the season arrived for the fruit to be ripe, he sent his servants to the cultivators for the rents.
   
RF MAT 21:35 "The tenants, seeing the servants, maltreated one of them, murdered another, and stoned a third.
   
RF MAT 21:36 He sent again, and a larger number than on the first occasion; but they were treated in the same way.
   
RF MAT 21:37 Afterwards he sent his own son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son!'
   
RF MAT 21:38 The tenants, seeing him, however, said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come on, let us murder him, and seize his estate!'
   
RF MAT 21:39 Laying hold of him, they accordingly kicked him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.
   
RF MAT 21:40 Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
   
RF MAT 21:41 They answered Him, "In their wickedness he will end them according to their deserts; and will let out his vineyard to other tenants, who will pay him, at the appointed time, that which is his due."
   
RF MAT 21:42 Jesus then said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures? A STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THAT HAS BEEN FITTED AS THE CHIEF KEYSTONE; IT CAME FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS WONDERFUL IN OUR EYES 1
   
RF MAT 21:43 "I therefore tell you, that the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and will be given to a nation that produces its fruits.
   
RF MAT 21:44 And whoever falls upon this Stone shall be broken; but upon whoever it falls, it will crush him to dust."
   
RF MAT 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He spoke about themselves;
   
RF MAT 21:46 but when they desired to apprehend Him, they dreaded the public, who held that He was a prophet.
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