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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 10:1

Marriage and Divorce.
Arising from there, He then proceeded to the borders of Judea, by way of the farther side of the Jordan. And a crowd again rushed together about Him; and, as was His custom, He again taught them.

   
RF MAR 10:2 The Pharisees also approached Him with the inquiry, "Is it legal for a man to repudiate his wife?" thus testing Him.
   
RF MAR 10:3 "What did Moses order you?" He asked them, in reply.
   
RF MAR 10:4 "Moses," they answered, "gave permission to secure a divorce, and to send her away."
   
RF MAR 10:5 "Because of your brutality he wrote you that order," said Jesus to them;"
   
RF MAR 10:6 but God made them male and female from the beginning of creation.
   
RF MAR 10:7 On account of this, a man must leave his father and his mother, and cling to his wife;
   
RF MAR 10:8 and the two shall be as one body, so that they are no more two, but a single body.
   
RF MAR 10:9 What, therefore, God has yoked together, let man not separate."
   
RF MAR 10:10 While in the house, His disciples again asked Him about this statement. And He answered them,
   
RF MAR 10:11 "Whoever may repudiate his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her;
   
RF MAR 10:12 and if a woman should repudiate her husband, and marry another, she commits adultery."
   
RF MAR 10:13 Jesus and the Children.
And when they were bringing children to Him, in order that He might touch them, His disciples repelled those who brought them.
   
RF MAR 10:14 But Jesus, seeing it, became indignant; and said to them, "Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not prevent them; for of such is the Kingdom of God.
   
RF MAR 10:15 I tell you indeed, that whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a little child, he can never, by any means, enter it."
   
RF MAR 10:16 Then, having caressed them, placing His hands upon them, He blessed them.
   
RF MAR 10:17 The Barrier of Wealth.
And as He was going out into the road, one ran up to Him, and, kneeling to Him, asked Him, "Perfect Teacher, what shall I do to inherit everlasting life?"
   
RF MAR 10:18 "Why do you call Me perfect?" asked Jesus, in reply. "None but One is perfect, God alone.
   
RF MAR 10:19 You know the commands: You SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; You SHALL NOT MURDER; You SHALL NOT STEAL; You SHALL NOT COMMIT PERJURY; You SHALL NOT CHEAT; HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER"1
   
RF MAR 10:20 "Teacher," he replied, "all these I have observed from my youth."
   
RF MAR 10:21 Jesus then, gazing at him, admired ' him, and said, "One thing is missing in you. Go away, sell whatever you possess, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then follow Me, carrying the cross."
   
RF MAR 10:22 But he became crestfallen at that idea, and went away grieving; for he possessed many estates.
   
RF MAR 10:23 Jesus then looking round, remarked to His disciples, "With what difficulty can those who possess wealth enter the Kingdom of God!"
   
RF MAR 10:24 His disciples, however, were amazed at His language; but Jesus, speaking to them again, said, "Children, how hard it is for those who rely upon their wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!
   
RF MAR 10:25 It is easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
   
RF MAR 10:26 They were then still more astonished than before, saying to one another, "Who then can be saved?"
   
RF MAR 10:27 Jesus, gazing at them, replied, "By human power it is impossible; but not with the help of God: for with God everything is possible!"
   
RF MAR 10:28 Peter then began to say to Him, "Why, we have abandoned all, and followed You."
   
RF MAR 10:29 "I tell you indeed," said Jesus, in reply, "that no one who has abandoned home, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, on account of Me and the good news,
   
RF MAR 10:30 but will receive a hundredfold in the present time—with homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands, together with persecutions—and in the world to come eternal life.
   
RF MAR 10:31 But many first will be last, and the last first."
   
RF MAR 10:32 On the Road to Jerusalem.
They were now on the road, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going in advance of them. And they were astonished, and followed Him in terror. Then calling the twelve to Him, He again began to tell them what would befall Him in the future.
   
RF MAR 10:33 "Now," said He, "we are going up to Jerusalem: and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and professors; and they will condemn Him to death, and hand Him over to the heathen.
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1 Exod xx 12-17
   
RF MAR 10:34 They will also insult Him, lash Him, spit upon him, aye, and murder Him; yet, at the close of three days He will rise again."
   
RF MAR 10:35 Ambitious Disciples.
James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, then approached Him, saying, "Teacher, we would like You to do for us whatever we may ask You."
   
RF MAR 10:36 "What do you wish Me to do for you?" He asked them.
   
RF MAR 10:37 "Grant us," they replied, "that in Your Majesty we may be seated, the one upon Your right hand, and the other upon Your left."
   
RF MAR 10:38 "You know not what you ask," said Jesus to them "Are you able to drink the cup of which I drink? or to be baptized in the baptism in which I shall be baptized?"
   
RF MAR 10:39 We are able," was their reply.
Jesus, however, said to them, "You shall certainly drink of the cup of which I drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism in which I shall be baptized.
   
RF MAR 10:40 But to sit upon My right hand and upon My left is not Mine to give, except to those for whom it is prepared."
   
RF MAR 10:41 And when the ten heard it, they were very indignant concerning James and John,
   
RF MAR 10:42 But Jesus, calling them to Him, said to them, "You know that those chosen to govern the heathen lord it over them, and their nobles also domineer over them;
   
RF MAR 10:43 but it must not be so among you. On the contrary, if any one wishes to take rank among you, let him become your servant;
   
RF MAR 10:44 and whoever among you wishes to be exalted to a leadership, let him be slave for all. For indeed the Son
   
RF MAR 10:45 of Man came not to be served; but, on the contrary, to serve, and to sacrifice His life a ransom for many."
   
RF MAR 10:46 Blind Bartaemus.
They then arrived at Jericho; and as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaus, sat by the roadside begging.
   
RF MAR 10:47 And hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to call out, and say, "Jesus, Son of David, pity me!"
   
RF MAR 10:48 reproved him, to make him keep silent; but he rather And many called out more loudly, "O Son of David, do pity me!"
   
RF MAR 10:49 Jesus then, standing still, said, "Call him." So, hailing the blind man, they said to him, "Take heart! Get up: He calls you!"
   
RF MAR 10:50 Throwing off his cloak, he sprang up, and came toward Jesus.
   
RF MAR 10:51 "What do you wish that I should do for you?" Jesus asked him.
   
RF MAR 10:52 "Great Master," the blind man answered Him, "that I may see again! " Go away," said Jesus, in reply to him; "your faith has saved you." And he saw again immediately, and followed Jesus along the road.
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