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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 12:1

The Parable of the Vineyard.
He now began to speak to them in parables. "A man," He said, "planted a vineyard, surrounded it with a fence, dug out a wine-vat, built a watch-tower, let it out to cultivators, and took his departure.

RF MAR 12:2 And at the right time, he sent a messenger to the tenants, in order that he might receive from the tenants the rent of the vineyard.
RF MAR 12:3 But seizing him, they lashed him, and sent him away without anything.
RF MAR 12:4 Again he sent another messenger to them; but at him they threw stones, injured his head, and maltreated him most disgracefully.
RF MAR 12:5 Then he sent still another; and they murdered him. And of many others, some were lashed, and some murdered.
RF MAR 12:6 Having still a very dearly-loved son, he even sent him to them at the last, thinking, 'They will surely respect my son.'
RF MAR 12:7 But the cultivators said to one another, 'Since this fellow is the heir, come on! let us murder him, and the estate will be our own.'
RF MAR 12:8 Then seizing him, they murdered him, and flung him outside the vineyard.
RF MAR 12:9 What, therefore, will the owner of the vineyard do?"
"He will come and put an end to these tenants, and hand the vineyard over to others," was their reply.
RF MAR 12:12 And they longed to arrest Him; but they dreaded the crowd: for they perceived that He had spoken the parable against themselves. So leaving Him alone, they took their departure.
RF MAR 12:13 The Tribute Trap.
They then sent to Him some of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians, so that they might ensnare Him in discussion.
RF MAR 12:14 And when they came, they said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are to be trusted, and that You are partial to none; for You do not study a man's face, but on the contrary, truthfully teach the way of God. Is it right to pay tribute to Caesar, or not?
RF MAR 12:15 Shall we pay, or ought we not to pay?" He, however, knowing their deception, replied, "Why do you tempt Me? Bring Me a denarius 2 so that I may see it."
RF MAR 12:16 And on their producing one, He asked them, "Whose is this portrait and inscription?" "Caesar's," was their reply.
RF MAR 12:17 Jesus then answered them, "Give back to Caesar Caesar's own; and to God what belongs to God." And they were very much surprised at Him.
RF MAR 12:18 About the Resurrection.
The Sadducees, who hold that there is no resurrection, afterwards came to Him with the question,
RF MAR 12:19 "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if any one dies, leaving a wife childless, then his brother must take his widow, and rear children to his brother.
RF MAR 12:20 There were seven brothers, and the first took a wife, and died without leaving offspring.
RF MAR 12:21 And the second married her, and died, leaving no children behind him; so also the third.
RF MAR 12:22 Indeed, the whole seven married her, and left no children. Last of all the woman also died.
RF MAR 12:23 In the resurrection, therefore, when they will all rise, of which one of them will she be the wife? for all the seven married that woman."
RF MAR 12:24 "Are you not in deep error respecting this?" said Jesus, in reply to them, "on account of your ignorance of the Scriptures, and the power of God?
1. Psa 118:22-23
RF MAR 12:25 Because, when they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as angels in heaven.
RF MAR 12:26 But with respect to the dead, that they are raised: have you not read in the book of Moses, how God spoke to him at the bush, saying, I, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB?1
RF MAR 12:27 He is not the God of dead, but of living men. You are consequently greatly mistaken."
RF MAR 12:28 A Hopeful Professor.
One of the professors, hearing their discussion, and finding that He had answered them well, now asked Him, "What is the most important of all the commands?"
RF MAR 12:29 "The first," answered Jesus, "is, ISRAEL, LISTEN! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
RF MAR 12:31 and the second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOUR OWN SELF. 3 No other commands are greater than these."
RF MAR 12:32 The professor then said to Him, "Teacher, You have spoken the truth admirably; for One He is, and apart from Him there is no other.
RF MAR 12:33 And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the intellect, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is better than all the burnt-offerings and sacrifices."
RF MAR 12:34 Jesus, seeing that he answered intelligently, said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." After that, none dared again to question Him.
RF MAR 12:35 Cross Questioning.
Now, while teaching in the temple, Jesus inquired, "How can the professors say that the Messiah is a Son of David?
RF MAR 12:36 David himself, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, said: THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, BE SEATED ON MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PLACE YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET. 4
1 Exod. lii. 6.
2 Lev.19.18
3 Deut. 6.4,5
4 Psa. 110.1
RF MAR 12:37 "David himself calls Him his Lord; in what way is He then his son?" And the many listened to Him with the greatest of pleasure.
RF MAR 12:38 The Professors Condemned.
In the course of His teaching, He told them, "Be on your guard against the professors, who delight to walk about in flowing robes, to be addressed in the markets,
RF MAR 12:39 who secure the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honour at banquets; they desolate the homes of widows,
RF MAR 12:40 and then gabble long prayers by way of extenuation. Their punishment, however, will be all the more severe."
RF MAR 12:41 The Widows Offering.
While seated opposite the treasury, Jesus observed how the crowd threw money into the treasure-chest, and much was thrown into it by the rich people.
RF MAR 12:42 A poor widow coming up, however, put in two lepta,1 which make a kodrantes.2
RF MAR 12:43 Then calling His disciples, He said to them, "I tell you indeed, that this same poor woman has put more into the treasury than all the others:
RF MAR 12:44 for they all gave but a part of their superfluity; while she in her poverty threw in all she possessed—the whole of her living."

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