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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 11:1

The Triumphal Entry.
And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, towards the Mount of Olives, He sent forward two of His disciples,

   
RF MAR 11:2 instructing them: "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt, upon which no man has ever been seated: unfasten it and bring it.
   
RF MAR 11:3 And should any one ask you, 'Why are you doing this?' reply, 'Because the Master has need of it'; and he will at once send it."
   
RF MAR 11:4 They accordingly went, and found a colt tied up against the door outside, in the open street; and they unfastened it.
   
RF MAR 11:5 And some of those who were standing about, asked them, "What are you doing, untying that colt?"
   
RF MAR 11:6 They answered just as Jesus had instructed them; they then allowed them.
   
RF MAR 11:7 And they took the colt to Jesus; and throwing their cloaks over
   
RF MAR 11:8 it, He took His seat upon it. Then many spread their cloaks upon the road; while others cutoff foliage from the trees, and scattered them upon the pathway.
   
RF MAR 11:9 And those in advance and those in the rear shouted, exclaiming,
HOSANNA!
BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!
   
RF MAR 11:10 Blessed be the approaching Kingdom of our father David;
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!1
   
RF MAR 11:11 Then, entering Jerusalem, and the temple, He examined everything; but it being now late, He returned again to Bethany, together with the twelve.
   
RF MAR 11:12 The Second Clearing of the Temple.
And on the morning following, when leaving Bethany, He was hungry.
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1. Psa 110:25-26
   
RF MAR 11:13 And seeing at a distance a fig-tree with leaves, He went to see if He could find anything upon it. On coming to it, however, He found nothing but leaves; for it was not a good fig year.
   
RF MAR 11:14 Then addressing it, He said, "Never from now let any one eat fruit from you." And His disciples heard Him.
   
RF MAR 11:15 They then arrived at Jerusalem. And Jesus, entering the temple, began to expel the buyers and sellers from the temple, overturning the tables of the money-brokers, as well as the stands of the pigeon-dealers;
   
RF MAR 11:16 while He would not allow any one to carry an article through the temple.
   
RF MAR 11:17 He also taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE SET APART AS A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS?1 but you have turned it into A CAVE OF ROBBERS." 2
   
RF MAR 11:18 When the chief priests and professors heard it, however, they planned how they could murder Him; for they were afraid of Him, because all the masses were struck with admiration at His teaching.
   
RF MAR 11:19 But when evening came, He went out of the city.
   
RF MAR 11:20 The Withered Fig Tree.
When returning in the early morning, they observed the fig-tree withered from the root.
   
RF MAR 11:21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! the fig-tree which You denounced is withered."
   
RF MAR 11:22 Jesus, addressing them, then said, "Have faith in God.—
   
RF MAR 11:23 I tell you indeed, that if you should say to this mountain, 'Be taken away, and flung into the seal'—and should not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say could be—it will be done as you shall say.
   
RF MAR 11:24 I therefore tell you that whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it; and it shall come to you.
   
RF MAR 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you have anything against any one, forgive it: so that your Father Who is in heaven may forgive you your own trespasses
   
RF MAR 11:26 But if you will not forgive, your Father Who is in heaven will not forgive your trespasses."
   
RF MAR 11:27 Concerning John the Baptist.
When they returned to Jerusalem, and while He was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, professors, and elders
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1 Isa. ivi. 7.
2 Jer. 7. ii
   
RF MAR 11:28 approached and asked Him, "By what authority do You do this? and who gave You that authority so that You should do it?"
   
RF MAR 11:29 "I will Myself ask you one question," said Jesus, in reply to them; 'and on answering Me, I will, in return, give you My authority for acting as I do.
   
RF MAR 11:30 Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Can you answer Me?"
   
RF MAR 11:31 They accordingly consulted privately among themselves, saying, "If we answer, 'From heaven,' He will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
   
RF MAR 11:32 But should we say, 'From men'"—they dreaded the people, because all believed that John was really a prophet.
   
RF MAR 11:33 In reply, they therefore said to Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus, answering, said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I act in this way."
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