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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.

   
AMP MAR 1:1 THE BEGINNING [of the facts] of the good news (the Gospel) of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
   
AMP MAR 1:2 Just as it is written in the prophet Isaiah: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will make ready Your way--[Mal 3:1]
   
AMP MAR 1:3 A voice of one crying in the wilderness [shouting in the desert], Prepare the way of the Lord, make His beaten tracks straight (level and passable)! [Isa 40:3]
   
AMP MAR 1:4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness (desert), preaching a baptism [obligating] repentance (a change of one's mind for the better, heartily amending one's ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) in order to obtain forgiveness of and release from sins.
   
AMP MAR 1:5 And there kept going out to him [continuously] all the country of Judea and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, as they were confessing their sins.
   
AMP MAR 1:6 And John wore clothing woven of camel's hair and had a leather girdle around his loins and ate locusts and wild honey.
   
AMP MAR 1:7 And he preached, saying, After me comes He Who is stronger (more powerful and more valiant) than I, the strap of Whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to stoop down and unloose.
   
AMP MAR 1:8 I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
   
AMP MAR 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
   
AMP MAR 1:10 And when He came up out of the water, at once he [John] saw the heavens torn open and the [Holy] Spirit like a dove coming down [to enter] into Him. [John 1:32]
   
AMP MAR 1:11 And there came a voice out from within heaven, You are My Beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. [Ps 2:7; Isa 42:1]
   
AMP MAR 1:12 Immediately the [Holy] Spirit [from within] drove Him out into the wilderness (desert),
   
AMP MAR 1:13 And He stayed in the wilderness (desert) forty days, being tempted [all the while] by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to Him [continually].
   
AMP MAR 1:14 Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God,
   
AMP MAR 1:15 And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).
   
AMP MAR 1:16 And passing along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon [Peter] and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net [to and fro] in the sea, for they were fishermen.
   
AMP MAR 1:17 And Jesus said to them, Come after Me and be My disciples, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
   
AMP MAR 1:18 And at once they left their nets and [yielding up all claim to them] followed [with] Him [joining Him as disciples and siding with His party].
   
AMP MAR 1:19 He went on a little farther and saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were in [their] boat putting their nets in order.
   
AMP MAR 1:20 And immediately He called out to them, and [abandoning all mutual claims] they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went off after Him [to be His disciples, side with His party, and follow Him].
   
AMP MAR 1:21 And they entered into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the synagogue and began to teach.
   
AMP MAR 1:22 And they were completely astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching as One Who possessed authority, and not as the scribes.
   
AMP MAR 1:23 Just at that time there was in their synagogue a man [who was in the power] of an unclean spirit; and now [immediately] he raised a deep and terrible cry from the depths of his throat, saying,
   
AMP MAR 1:24 What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!
   
AMP MAR 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hush up (be muzzled, gagged), and come out of him!
   
AMP MAR 1:26 And the unclean spirit, throwing the man into convulsions and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him.
   
AMP MAR 1:27 And they were all so amazed and almost terrified that they kept questioning and demanding one of another, saying, What is this? What new (fresh) teaching! With authority He gives orders even to the unclean spirits and they obey Him!
   
AMP MAR 1:28 And immediately rumors concerning Him spread [everywhere] throughout all the region surrounding Galilee.
   
AMP MAR 1:29 And at once He left the synagogue and went into the house of Simon [Peter] and Andrew, accompanied by James and John.
   
AMP MAR 1:30 Now Simon's mother-in-law had for some time been lying sick with a fever, and at once they told Him about her.
   
AMP MAR 1:31 And He went up to her and took her by the hand and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she began to wait on them.
   
AMP MAR 1:32 Now when it was evening, after the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those under the power of demons,
   
AMP MAR 1:33 Until the whole town was gathered together about the door.
   
AMP MAR 1:34 And He cured many who were afflicted with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to talk because they knew Him [intuitively].
   
AMP MAR 1:35 And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.
   
AMP MAR 1:36 And Simon [Peter] and those who were with him followed Him [pursuing Him eagerly and hunting Him out],
   
AMP MAR 1:37 And they found Him and said to Him, Everybody is looking for You.
   
AMP MAR 1:38 And He said to them, Let us be going on into the neighboring country towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.
   
AMP MAR 1:39 [So] He went throughout the whole of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
   
AMP MAR 1:40 And a leper came to Him, begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You are able to make me clean.
   
AMP MAR 1:41 And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean!
   
AMP MAR 1:42 And at once the leprosy [completely] left him and he was made clean [by being healed].
   
AMP MAR 1:43 And Jesus charged him sternly (sharply and threateningly, and with earnest admonition) and [acting with deep feeling thrust him forth and] sent him away at once,
   
AMP MAR 1:44 And said to him, See that you tell nothing [of this] to anyone; but begone, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your purification what Moses commanded, as a proof (an evidence and witness) to the people [that you are really healed]. [Lev 13:49; 14:2-32]
   
AMP MAR 1:45 But he went out and began to talk so freely about it and blaze abroad the news [spreading it everywhere] that [Jesus] could no longer openly go into a town but was outside in [lonely] desert places. But the people kept on coming to Him from all sides and every quarter.
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