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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 14:1

Plot for His Destruction.
It was now the Passover, and the feast of unfermented bread two days later; and the chief priests and professors planned how they might arrest Him by treachery, and murder Him.

   
RF MAR 14:2 For they said, "Not during the festival, for fear a riot might break out among the mob."
   
RF MAR 14:3 Mary's Offering.
And while He was in Bethany, reclining at food, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very valuable perfume; 1 and having opened the jar, she pour edit over His head.
   
RF MAR 14:4 But there were some who grumbled among themselves, saying, "To what purpose is all this waste of the perfume?
   
RF MAR 14:5 Why, this oil might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and given to the poor." And they grumbled at her.
   
RF MAR 14:6 Jesus, however, said, 'Let her alone; why do you grieve her? To Me she has done a noble act.
   
RF MAR 14:7 The poor you always have with you, and you can render them a service whenever you feel inclined; but Me you have not always.
   
RF MAR 14:8 She has done all she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for burial.
   
RF MAR 14:9 Indeed, I tell you that wherever this good news may be proclaimed throughout the whole world, what this woman has done shall be related in memory of her."
   
RF MAR 14:10 The Compact with Judas.
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests, in order that he might betray Him to them.
   
RF MAR 14:11 And when they learned it, they were delighted, and promised to reward him with money. He accordingly planned how he might conveniently hand Him over.
   
RF MAR 14:12 Preparing for the Supper.
And on the first day of the unfermented bread, when the Passover is offered, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You desire us to go and prepare that You may eat the Passover?"
   
RF MAR 14:13 He accordingly sent two of His disciples, instructing them, "Go into the city, and there a man will meet you carrying a jar of water; follow him.
   
RF MAR 14:14 And wherever he may enter, say to the master of the house that our Teacher says, ' Where is the dining-room, where I can eat the Passover with My disciples?'
   
RF MAR 14:15 And he will himself show you a large upper room ready furnished; get in readiness for us there."
   
RF MAR 14:16 And His disciples departed, and came into the city; and finding just as He had told them, they prepared for the Passover.
   
RF MAR 14:17 At the Supper.
And when the evening arrived, He came with the twelve.
   
RF MAR 14:18 And while they were reclining and eating, Jesus said to them, "Indeed I tell you, that one of you who is eating with Me shall betray Me."
   
RF MAR 14:19 And they began to grieve, and to say to Him, one by one, never I!"
   
RF MAR 14:20 "One of the twelve," He answered them, "who dips in the dish with Me. For the Son of Man departs, as it was written about Him:
   
RF MAR 14:21 but alas for that man by whose means the Son of Man shall be betrayed! Better for him if that man had never been born."
   
RF MAR 14:22 The Old Settlement Replaced by the New.
And while they were eating, Jesus took a loaf, and having offered a blessing, He broke it, and handed to them, saying, "Take it; eat it; this is My body."
   
RF MAR 14:23 Then taking the cup, and having blest, He gave it to them; and they all drank of it. (See also Matt. ch. 26 V. 28.)
   
RF MAR 14:24 He then said to them, "This is My blood, that of the New Settlement shed for many.
   
RF MAR 14:25 I tell you indeed, that I will not again drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God."
   
RF MAR 14:26 Peter's Promise.
And singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
   
RF MAR 14:27 Jesus then said to them, "You will all be ashamed of Me to-night; because it is written, I WILL STRIKE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP WILL BE SCATTERED.
   
RF MAR 14:28 After I am risen, however, I will go before you into Galilee."
   
RF MAR 14:29 But Peter replied, "Even if all are ashamed of You, yet I will not be!"
   
RF MAR 14:30 "I tell you indeed," said Jesus to him,' you yourself today, on this very night, before the bugle 2 sounds twice, will have thrice denied Me."
   
RF MAR 14:31 But he exclaimed still more emphatically, "Even if it is necessary for me to die with You, I will never deny You!" And all the others said the same thing.
   
RF MAR 14:32 In the Garden of Gethsemane.
They then arrived at a garden bearing the name of Gethsemane; and speaking to His disciples, He said, "Sit here, while I go forward to Pray"
   
RF MAR 14:33 Taking with Him Peter, James, and John, He began to be agitated and agonized.
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1 Zech. 13.7.
2 The Roman bugle, called In Latin, "Gallus" i.e., "The Cock," or, "The Crower." It was a Roman army bugle for signaling the relief of the Guard.
   
RF MAR 14:34 And He said to them, "My soul is sick, even to death; you stay here and keep guard."
   
RF MAR 14:35 Then going a little farther, He fell upon the ground; and He prayed that if it were possible, that hour might pass away from Him.
   
RF MAR 14:36 And He cried out, "Abba, Father, all is possible to You! take this cup away from Me; not, however, what I will, but what You will."
   
RF MAR 14:37 Then returning, He found them sleeping; and said to Peter, "Simon! are you asleep? Have you not strength to watch a single hour?
   
RF MAR 14:38 Watch and pray, that you may not fall into temptation. Your spirit is ready, but your flesh weak."
   
RF MAR 14:39 And going away, He prayed, uttering the same words.
   
RF MAR 14:40 Then returning, He again found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy; and they knew not what to answer Him.
   
RF MAR 14:41 Then returning the third time, He said to them, "Sleep on now, and refresh yourselves. It has passed; the hour comes; now the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
   
RF MAR 14:42 Arise, let us go forward; My betrayer at hand!"
   
RF MAR 14:43 Judas at Work.
And immediately, as He was speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, approached, with a great crowd carrying swords and staves, sent by the chief priests, professors, and elders.
   
RF MAR 14:44 Now His betrayer had given them a token, saying, "The one I shall kiss—that is He; arrest Him at once, and lead Him safely away."
   
RF MAR 14:45 And approaching with all speed, he at once went to Him, saluting Him with "Rabbi, Rabbi," and fervently kissed Him.
   
RF MAR 14:46 They accordingly arrested Him, and took Him.
   
RF MAR 14:47 But one of the bystanders, drawing his sword, struck the officer of the High Priest, and cut off a part of his ear.
   
RF MAR 14:48 Jesus, addressing them, however, said, "Have you come out as though against a robber, with swords and staves to arrest Me?
   
RF MAR 14:49 I was daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not arrest Me; but thus are the Scriptures fulfilled."
   
RF MAR 14:50 Then leaving Him, they all fled.
   
RF MAR 14:51 Yet one of them, a young man, followed Him, with a shawl over him to hide his nakedness. And the lads caught hold of him;
   
RF MAR 14:52 but leaving the shawl, he fled naked.
   
RF MAR 14:53 The Judean Trial.
They now conducted Jesus to the High Priest; and there collected to him all the chief priests, the elders, and the professors.
   
RF MAR 14:54 But Peter followed Him at a distance; and even into the court of the High Priest And he took a seat with the officers, and warmed himself by the fire.
   
RF MAR 14:55 Now the professors and the whole council sought out evidence against Jesus, with the object of condemning Him to death; but they found none.
   
RF MAR 14:56 For although many false witnesses came forward, their evidence did not agree.
   
RF MAR 14:57 Other liars then came forward, asserting that they heard Him saying,
   
RF MAR 14:58 "I will demolish this hand-made temple; and in three days I will construct another without hand labour."
   
RF MAR 14:59 But even in this their evidence did not agree.
   
RF MAR 14:60 The High Priest, then standing up among them, questioned Jesus, asking, "Have You nothing to say in Your defence? What is all this that they charge against You?"
   
RF MAR 14:61 But He continued silent, answering nothing. The High Priest again questioned Him, asking, "Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?"
   
RF MAR 14:62 "I A?," said Jesus in reply; "and you shall see the Son of Man seated upon the right of that Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
   
RF MAR 14:63 The High Priest thereupon tore his robes, exclaiming, "What need have we of further witnesses?
   
RF MAR 14:64 You have heard His blasphemy. How does it appear to you?" They all decided that He was liable to be put to death.
   
RF MAR 14:65 And some began to spit upon Him, others to blindfold Him; and, striking Him on the head, asked Him to "Prophesy"; while the officers struck Him with their staves.
   
RF MAR 14:66 The Fall of Peter.
And while Peter was seated at the back of the court, one of the girls of the High Priest came forward;
   
RF MAR 14:67 and noticing Peter warming himself, she gazed upon him, and said, "Why, you were with Jesus of Nazareth!"
   
RF MAR 14:68 But he denied, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you say." And he went out into the passage; and the bugle 1 sounded.
   
RF MAR 14:69 But the same girl, seeing him again, began to say to the bystanders,
   
RF MAR 14:70 "This fellow belongs to them." But he again denied it. After a little, however, the bystanders said to Peter, "You are certainly one of them; for you are a Galilean."
   
RF MAR 14:71 Then Peter began to curse and to swear, saying, "I do not even know the Man you talk about!"
   
RF MAR 14:72 And again the bugle sounded. Peter then called to remembrance the prediction of Jesus, when He told him, "Before the bugle sounds twice, you will have denied Me thrice." And rushing out, he wept.
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1 See note to 14.30
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