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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.

   
MFT MAR 1:1 THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ [the Son of God].
   
MFT MAR 1:2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, Here I send my messenger before your face to prepare the way for you:
   
MFT MAR 1:3 the voice of one who cries in the desert, 'Make the way ready for the Lord, level the paths for him' —
   
MFT MAR 1:4 John appeared baptizing in the desert and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
   
MFT MAR 1:5 and the whole of Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him and got baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.
   
MFT MAR 1:6 John was dressed in camel's hair, with a leather girdle round his loins, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
   
MFT MAR 1:7 He announced, "After me one who is mightier will come, and I am not fit to stoop and untie the string of his sandals:
   
MFT MAR 1:8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy Spirit."
   
MFT MAR 1:9 Now it was in those days that Jesus arrived from Nazaret in Galilee and got baptized in the Jordan by John.
   
MFT MAR 1:10 And the moment he rose from the water he saw the heavens cleft and the Spirit coming down upon him like a dove;
   
MFT MAR 1:11 then said a voice from heaven, 'Thou art my Son, the Beloved, in thee is my delight.'
   
MFT MAR 1:12 Then the Spirit drove him immediately into the desert,
   
MFT MAR 1:13 and in the desert he remained for forty days, while Satan tempted him; he was in the company of wild beasts, but angels ministered to him.
   
MFT MAR 1:14 After John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the gospel of God;
   
MFT MAR 1:15 he said, "The time has now come, God's reign is near: repent and believe in the gospel."
   
MFT MAR 1:16 Now as he passed along the sea of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon's brother Andrew netting fish in the sea — for they were fishermen;
   
MFT MAR 1:17 so Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me and I will make you fish for men."
   
MFT MAR 1:18 At once they dropped their nets and went after him.
   
MFT MAR 1:19 Then going on a little further he saw James the son of Zebedaeus and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets;
   
MFT MAR 1:20 he called them at once, and they left their father Zebedaeus in the boat with the crew and went to follow him.
   
MFT MAR 1:21 They then entered Capharnahum. As soon as the sabbath came, he at once began to teach in the synagogue;
   
MFT MAR 1:22 and people were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them like an authority, not like the scribes.
   
MFT MAR 1:23 Now there was a man with an unclean spirit in their synagogue, who at once shrieked out,
   
MFT MAR 1:24 "Jesus of Nazaret, what business have you with us? Have you come to destroy us? We know who you are, you are God's holy One."
   
MFT MAR 1:25 But Jesus checked it; "Be quiet," he said, "come out of him."
   
MFT MAR 1:26 And after convulsing him the unclean spirit did come out of him with a loud cry.
   
MFT MAR 1:27 Then they were all so amazed that they discussed it together, saying, "Whatever is this?" "It's new teaching with authority behind it!" "He orders even unclean spirits!" "Yes, and they obey him!"
   
MFT MAR 1:28 So his fame at once spread in all directions through the whole of the surrounding country of Galilee.
   
MFT MAR 1:29 On leaving the synagogue they went straight to the house of Simon and Andrew, accompanied by James and John.
   
MFT MAR 1:30 Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with fever, so they told him at once about her,
   
MFT MAR 1:31 and he went up to her and taking her hand made her rise; the fever left her at once and she ministered to them.
   
MFT MAR 1:32 Now when evening came, when the sun set, they brought him all who were ill or possessed by daemons —
   
MFT MAR 1:33 indeed the whole town was gathered at the door —
   
MFT MAR 1:34 and he cured many who were ill with various diseases and cast out many daemons; but as the daemons knew him he would not let them say anything.
   
MFT MAR 1:35 Then in the early morning, long before daylight, he got up and went away out to a lonely spot.
   
MFT MAR 1:36 He was praying there when Simon and his companions hunted him out
   
MFT MAR 1:37 and discovered him; they told him, "Everybody is looking for you,"
   
MFT MAR 1:38 but he said to them, "Let us go somewhere else, to the adjoining country-towns, so that I may preach there as well; that is why I came out here."
   
MFT MAR 1:39 And he went preaching in their synagogues throughout the whole of Galilee, casting out daemons.
   
MFT MAR 1:40 A leper came to him beseeching him on bended knee, saying, "If you only choose, you can cleanse me;"
   
MFT MAR 1:41 so he stretched his hand out in pity and touched him saying, "I do choose, be cleansed."
   
MFT MAR 1:42 And the leprosy at once left him and he was cleansed.
   
MFT MAR 1:43 Then he sent him off at once with the stern charge,
   
MFT MAR 1:44 "See, you are not to say a word to anybody; away and show yourself to the priest and offer what Moses prescribed for your cleansing, to notify men."
   
MFT MAR 1:45 But he went off and proceeded to proclaim it aloud and spread news of the affair both far and wide. The result was that Jesus could no longer enter any town openly; he stayed outside in lonely places, and people came to him from every quarter.
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