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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 MAR 1:1

The Mission of John.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God,

   
RF MAR 1:2 as Isaiah the prophet wrote:
LO, NOW I WILL SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE YOUR FACE, WHO SHALL PREPARE THE ROAD BEFORE YOU;
   
RF MAR 1:3 A VOICE PROCLAIMING IN THE DESERT, MAKE READY THE ROAD FOR THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS SMOOTH. 1
   
RF MAR 1:4 John, baptizing in the desert, was the one who came and proclaimed a baptism of conversion for freedom from sins.
   
RF MAR 1:5 And all the people of the district about Judea and Jerusalem went out to him; and were all baptized under him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
   
RF MAR 1:6 John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and he lived upon locusts and wild honey.
   
RF MAR 1:7 And he preached, saying "There comes after me a Mightier than I, Whose shoelace I am not even worthy to stoop down and untie.
   
RF MAR 1:8 I certainly baptize you in water; but He will baptize you in Holy Spirit. 2
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1. Isa xl:3
2. See John 1:33 and 20:22
   
RF MAR 1:9 The Baptism of Jesus.
It was in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John, in the Jordan.
   
RF MAR 1:10 And immediately upon ascending from the water, he saw the heavens part asunder; and the Spirit, in the likeness of a dove, descended upon Him:
   
RF MAR 1:11 while a voice from the heavens said, "You are My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight."
   
RF MAR 1:12 The Temptation.
Then at once the Spirit drove Him to the desert, to be tried by Satan for forty days;
   
RF MAR 1:13 and He was in company with the wild beasts, but the angels ministered to Him.
   
RF MAR 1:14 The Good News.
After the betrayal of John, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God
   
RF MAR 1:15 and saying, "Because the time is completed, and the Kingdom of God is near, be converted, and believe in the good news!"
   
RF MAR 1:16 The First Disciples.
When walking along the shore of the lake of Galilee, He saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, throwing a casting-net into the lake; for they were fishermen.
   
RF MAR 1:17 And Jesus said to them, "Come, be My followers; and I will make you fishers of men."
   
RF MAR 1:18 And leaving their nets, they immediately followed Him.
   
RF MAR 1:19 Then proceeding a little further, He saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; they were also in the vessel mending their nets.
   
RF MAR 1:20 And immediately He hailed them. Then leaving their father Zebedee in the vessel with the sailors, they went after Him.
   
RF MAR 1:21 The Demoniac Cured.
He then proceeded to Capernaum; and entering the synagogue on the Sabbath, He taught.
   
RF MAR 1:22 And they were astonished at His teaching; for His manner was like one possessed of authority, and not like that of the professors.
   
RF MAR 1:23 There was also in the synagogue a man in possession of a foul spirit; and he called out,
   
RF MAR 1:24 exclaiming, "Ah! what is there in common between us and You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know You what You are, the Holy of God."
   
RF MAR 1:25 Jesus then commanded him, exclaiming, "Silence! and go out of him!"
   
RF MAR 1:26 And the foul spirit, convulsing him, and shouting with a loud voice, left him.
   
RF MAR 1:27 Then they were all astonished, so that they questioned one another, saying, "Who is this? What is this new teaching? Why, He even commands the foul spirits authoritatively, and they obey Him!"
   
RF MAR 1:28 And the report concerning Him rapidly spread throughout the whole region of Galilee.
   
RF MAR 1:29 The Cure of Peters Mother-In-Law.
Then immediately quitting the synagogue, He entered the house of Simon and Andrew, together with James and John.
   
RF MAR 1:30 Now the mother-in-law of Simon lay prostrate there with a fever; and they at once told Him about her.
   
RF MAR 1:31 So approaching, and taking hold of her hand, He raised her; and the fever instantly left her. She then attended to them.
   
RF MAR 1:32 Afterwards, when evening arrived, they brought to Him all those suffering from sickness, as well as the demoniacs;
   
RF MAR 1:33 and the whole town was collected about the door.
   
RF MAR 1:34 He accordingly cured many of those suffering front sickness and various mental diseases, and expelled many demons; but He did not allow the demons to speak, because they recognized Him.
   
RF MAR 1:35 Praying in Private.
Rising up very early in the morning before daybreak, He departed into a desert place, and there prayed.
   
RF MAR 1:36 Simon and the others who were with him, however, followed in search of Him;
   
RF MAR 1:37 and having found Him, they said to Him, "All are in search of You."
   
RF MAR 1:38 "Let us go to the neighboring villages," He answered them, "so that I may also preach there; for this is the purpose for which I was sent."
   
RF MAR 1:39 And throughout Galilee, He preached in their synagogues, and cast out demons.
   
RF MAR 1:40 The Leper Cured.
Then a leper came to Him, pleading, kneeling, and saying to Him, "If only You will, You are able to cure me!"
   
RF MAR 1:41 Then Jesus, full of pity, stretched out His hand, touched him, and said, "will; be cured!"
   
RF MAR 1:42 And while He spoke the leprosy left him, and he was cured.
   
RF MAR 1:43 Then at once dismissing him,
   
RF MAR 1:44 He sternly enjoined him to "Take use and say nothing to any one; but go, present yourself to the priests, and, as an evidence to them, offer for your purification what Moses commanded."
   
RF MAR 1:45 Taking his departure, however, he began to proclaim all, and to report the matter broadcast; so that He was not again able to openly enter the City, but kept outside in desert places, where they came to Him from every quarter.
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