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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 3:1

A Withered Hand Restored.
He entered the synagogue on another occasion; and there was a man who had his hand paralyzed.

   
RF MAR 3:2 They accordingly watched Him, to see if He would cure him on the Sabbath day, in order that they might inform against Him.
   
RF MAR 3:3 He then told the man who had the withered hand to " Stand up!"
   
RF MAR 3:4 and of them He inquired, "Is it allowable to do good on the Sabbath, or to do harm? to save life, or to take it?" But they kept silent.
   
RF MAR 3:5 Then looking round upon them with indignation, being grieved at the stupidity of their hearts, He said to the man, "Extend your hand!" He accordingly extended it; and his hand was restored to its natural condition.
   
RF MAR 3:6 The Pharisees then went out, and at once held a consultation with the Herodians against Him, as to how they could destroy Him.
   
RF MAR 3:7 At the Lake-Side.
Jesus, however, withdrew with His disciples to the lake, and a great crowd followed Him from Galilee; and others from Judea,
   
RF MAR 3:8 from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, and from the other side of the Jordan, as well as from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon—an immense crowd—came to Him, having heard all that He had done.
   
RF MAR 3:9 And on account of the crowd, He asked His disciples to get a little boat ready for Him, so as to be clear of the crush;
   
RF MAR 3:10 for He cured many: and as many as were sufferers threw themselves upon Him in their endeavor to touch Him.
   
RF MAR 3:11 And the foul spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell before Him, and yelled, exclaiming, "Because You are the Son of God!"
   
RF MAR 3:12 But He sternly enjoined them that they should not make Him known.
   
RF MAR 3:13 Appointment of the twelve.
He then ascended the hill; and calling those whom He had Chosen, they went towards Him.
   
RF MAR 3:14 And He appointed twelve, in order that they might be with Him; and that He might send them to preach,
   
RF MAR 3:15 and to have authority to cure diseases and cast out demons:
   
RF MAR 3:16 namely, Simon, whom He named Peter;
   
RF MAR 3:17 James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (these He named Boanerges—that is, Sons of Thunder);
   
RF MAR 3:18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite,
   
RF MAR 3:19 and Judas Iscariot, who was His betrayer.
   
RF MAR 3:20 Perversity of Christ's Enemies.
They then returned home; where the crowd again collected, so that they were unable even to eat bread.
   
RF MAR 3:21 And His relatives, on hearing it, went out to secure Him; for they said, "He is mad!"
   
RF MAR 3:22 And the professors who came down from Jerusalem asserted, "He is possessed by Beelzebub; " and, "He casts out demons by means of the prince of the demons."
   
RF MAR 3:23 Then calling them, and addressing them in parables, He said, "How is Satan able to expel Satan?
   
RF MAR 3:24 for if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot exist.
   
RF MAR 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot hold together.
   
RF MAR 3:26 And if Satan goes to war against himself, and remains his own enemy, he cannot reign, but be deposed.
   
RF MAR 3:27 No one can enter the house of the strong one, and plunder his furniture, unless he first overpowers his strength; and then he may loot his house.
   
RF MAR 3:28 I tell you indeed, that all the sins of the sons of men will be pardoned, as well as the blasphemies with which they may blaspheme;
   
RF MAR 3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit has no release in the present age, but is guilty of a perpetual sin"—
   
RF MAR 3:30 because they said, He is possessed of a foul spirit.
   
RF MAR 3:31 His Mother and Brothers.
His mother and His brothers came, and while waiting outside, they sent Him an invitation.
   
RF MAR 3:32 And some in the crowd seated round about Him, said, "See, Your mother and brothers outside are asking for You."
   
RF MAR 3:33 "Who, ' He asked, in reply to them, "are My mother or My brothers?"
   
RF MAR 3:34 And looking over those who sat round about Him, He exclaimed, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
   
RF MAR 3:35 for whoever may do the will of God, the same is My brother, My sister, and mother!"
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