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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 13:1

The Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold.
And as He was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, just see these large stones, and magnificent buildings!"

   
RF MAR 13:2 "Do you see these great buildings?" remarked Jesus, in reply to him; " there will not be One stone left upon another, except in ruins."
   
RF MAR 13:3 And while He was resting upon the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to Him privately,
   
RF MAR 13:4 asking, "Tell us when will this be, and what is the sign of the accomplishment of these events?"
   
RF MAR 13:5 In reply, Jesus began to say to them, "Be on your guard, for fear any one should lead you astray.
   
RF MAR 13:6 Many will come in My name, declaring 'I AM,' and will mislead many.
   
RF MAR 13:7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be afraid, for they must of necessity come; although that is not the end.
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1 Each equiv. to about a farthing.
2 About a halfpenny
   
RF MAR 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; in many places there will be-earthquakes; there will be famines and riots. These, however, are but the birth-pangs.
   
RF MAR 13:9 "But you—take care yourselves. For they will deliver you up to tribunals; you will be lashed in synagogues; and arraigned before governors and kings, as evidence to them about Me.
   
RF MAR 13:10 The good news, however, must first be proclaimed among all the heathen.
   
RF MAR 13:11 And when they arrest you, and hand you over, do not get distracted with anxiety beforehand as to how you can defend yourselves; neither be distressed: but in that hour speak whatever may be then given to you; because you are not the speakers, is but the Holy Spirit.
   
RF MAR 13:12 Brother shall then deliver brother to death, and the father his child; while children will rise up against parents, and bring them to death.
   
RF MAR 13:13 And because of My name, you will be hated above all men; but whoever holds out to the end shall be saved.
   
RF MAR 13:14 Prophetic Utterances of Christ.
"When, however, you see the brutal desolator spoken of by the prophet Daniel, 1 standing where it ought not (let the reader comprehend), then let those in Judea take flight to the hills.
   
RF MAR 13:15 And let him who is upon the balcony not descend into the house, nor enter it to take anything from his own dwelling;
   
RF MAR 13:16 and whoever is in the field, let him not turn round to pick up his cloak.
   
RF MAR 13:17 But alas for those with child, and for the nursing women in those days!
   
RF MAR 13:18 And pray especially that your flight may not take place during the winter.
   
RF MAR 13:19 For in those days there will be affliction, such as has never been known since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and such as shall never be again.
   
RF MAR 13:20 And unless the Lord had cut short those times, none could be saved; yet for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened those days.
   
RF MAR 13:21 "Then, if any one should say to you, 'Look, the Messiah is here!' or, 'There He is! ' believe it not;
   
RF MAR 13:22 for false messiahs and false prophets shall make their appearance, and shall give out signs and wonders, to lead astray, if it were possible, even the elect.
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1. Daniel 9:27 Daniel 12:11
   
RF MAR 13:23 But you, be on your guard, because I have foretold you all,
   
RF MAR 13:24 "In those days, however, after that affliction, the sun will be darkened, the moon will cease to "shine,
   
RF MAR 13:25 the stars of the sky will be disappearing, and the powers of the heavens will be convulsed.
   
RF MAR 13:26 And then they will see the Son of Man appearing in the clouds with transcendent power and majesty.
   
RF MAR 13:27 And He will then send out His messengers to collect the chosen ones from the four winds, from the extremity of the earth to the farthest bounds of heaven.
   
RF MAR 13:28 The Lesson of the Fig Tree.
"Learn now from the fig-tree this lesson: When its branch becomes soft, and the leaves sprout, you recognize that the summer approaches;
   
RF MAR 13:29 and so also, when you see these events, you will know that they are near to the doors.
   
RF MAR 13:30 I tell you indeed, that this generation shall not pass away until all this is accomplished.
   
RF MAR 13:31 The heaven and the earth will pass away; but My declarations will remain.
   
RF MAR 13:32 About that day or hour, however, none know, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son—none but the Father.
   
RF MAR 13:33 The Need for Watchfulness.
"Be on your guard! watch and pray; because you do not know when the time is.
   
RF MAR 13:34 Like a man travelling abroad, on leaving his house and giving instructions to his servants, to each one his own task, and ordering the porter that he should keep guard—
   
RF MAR 13:35 Be on the alert: for you do not know when the master of the house will come, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at dawn, or in the morning;
   
RF MAR 13:36 coming suddenly, he may find you asleep.
   
RF MAR 13:37 But what I say to you, I say to all—Be on the alert!"
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