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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 15:1

Before Pilate.
And as soon as the morning arrived, the chief priests, elders, and professors, and the whole senate, held a conference; and binding Jesus, they led Him away, and delivered Him over to Pilate.

   
RF MAR 15:2 Then Pilate inquired of Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" "You say so," Jesus replied.
   
RF MAR 15:3 The chief priests then brought many accusations against Him.
   
RF MAR 15:4 Pilate again asked Him, "Can You say nothing in defence? See how many charges they bring against You."
   
RF MAR 15:5 But even then Jesus said nothing in reply; so that Pilate was much astonished.
   
RF MAR 15:6 Now at festival time it was customary for him to liberate for them one prisoner, whoever they might ask for.
   
RF MAR 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, imprisoned with the rebels, who had committed murder in the rebellion.
   
RF MAR 15:8 And the mob began to yell out, demanding him to do what he had been accustomed to do for them.
   
RF MAR 15:9 "Well," said Pilate, in reply to them, "do you wish me to liberate for you the King of the Jews?"
   
RF MAR 15:10 For he perceived that it was through malice that the chief priests had arraigned Him.
   
RF MAR 15:11 But the chief priests incited the mob to ask that he might rather liberate Barabbas.
   
RF MAR 15:12 Pilate, however, then said to them again, "What then do you wish that I should do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
   
RF MAR 15:13 "Crucify Him!" they shouted in reply.
   
RF MAR 15:14 "Why, what crime has He committed?" Pilate asked them again. " Crucify Him!" they yelled out more fiercely than before.
   
RF MAR 15:15 Then Pilate, deciding to satisfy the mob, liberated Barabbas; and after flogging Jesus, handed Him over to be crucified
   
RF MAR 15:16 Military Tormentors.
And the soldiers led Him into the courtyard, known as the Palace, where they mustered all the troops.
   
RF MAR 15:17 And they arrayed Him in a purple robe, and crowned Him with a crown of plaited thorns;
   
RF MAR 15:18 and began to salute Him with, "Good health to the King of the Jews!"
   
RF MAR 15:19 while, at the same time, they kept striking Him upon the head with a stick, spitting upon Him, and bowing before Him in homage.
   
RF MAR 15:20 And when they had insulted Him, they took from off Him the purple robe, clad Him in His own attire, and led Him out for crucifixion.
   
RF MAR 15:21 And they seized a passer-by, from the country, Simon the Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to accompany them, in order that he might carry the cross.
   
RF MAR 15:22 And they took Him on to Golgotha (which means Skull-field).
   
RF MAR 15:23 And they offered Him wine medicated with myrrh; but He refused to drink it.
   
RF MAR 15:24 They then crucified Him, and divided His clothing among them, casting lots what each should take.
   
RF MAR 15:25 The Death of Jesus.
It was about nine o'clock when they crucified Him.
   
RF MAR 15:26 And the inscription of the indictment written over Him was, THE KING OF THE JUDEANS.
   
RF MAR 15:27 And with Him they crucified two robbers; one on His right, and one on His left. And thus was fulfilled the Scripture,
   
RF MAR 15:28 which says, HE WAS CATALOGUED WITH CRIMINALS. 1 The passers-by also railed at Him,
   
RF MAR 15:29 shaking their heads, and exclaiming, "Aha! you Demolisher of the temple, and Rebuilder in three days,
   
RF MAR 15:30 now save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"
   
RF MAR 15:31 The chief priests also sneered among themselves with the professors, and remarked, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself!
   
RF MAR 15:32 You Messiah! you King of Israel! descend now from the cross, so that we may see it, and we will believe!"
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1 Isaiah liii. 12
   
RF MAR 15:33 And those crucified with Him cursed Him. And when twelve o'clock arrived, there was darkness over all the land until three o'clock.
   
RF MAR 15:34 And at three o'clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi! Eloi! lama sabachthani?" which, when translated, means, "My God! My God! to what have You abandoned Me?"
   
RF MAR 15:35 Then some of the spectators, hearing it, exclaimed, "See! He calls Elijah."
   
RF MAR 15:36 But one of them ran, and filled a sponge with sour wine; and, placing it upon a cane, offered it to Him to drink, saying, "Let Him alone! Let us see if Elijah will come to deliver Him!"
   
RF MAR 15:37 Jesus having given utterance to a deep groan, yielded up His spirit.
   
RF MAR 15:38 The veil of the temple was then torn in two from the top to the bottom.
   
RF MAR 15:39 And when the captain on guard opposite to Him, saw that He thus expired, he exclaimed, "This Man was undoubtedly a son of a god!"
   
RF MAR 15:40 And there were also women looking on from a distance: among whom were Mary the Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the little, and Joses,
   
RF MAR 15:41 and Salome; who, when He was in Galilee, were His followers, and ministered to Him. And many other women also went up with Him to Jerusalem.
   
RF MAR 15:42 The Burial.
And evening having now arrived, following which was the preparation, that is, the day preceding the Sabbath,
   
RF MAR 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a much-esteemed nobleman, who was himself expecting the Kingdom of God, came and went boldly to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
   
RF MAR 15:44 But Pilate wondered if He were yet dead; and, summoning the captain, he inquired if He were already dead.
   
RF MAR 15:45 And, ascertaining it from the captain, he presented the corpse to Joseph:
   
RF MAR 15:46 who, having taken it down, wrapped it in a fine linen shroud which he had bought, and placed it in a tomb, which he had hewn out of a rock; and he rolled a large stone over the entrance to the tomb
   
RF MAR 15:47 And Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses, took note of where it was placed.
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