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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 4:1

The Parable of the Sower.
At another time, He again began to teach by the lake-side. And a great crowd collected to Him, so that entering the boat, He took His seat there upon the lake; while all the crowd were upon the shore.

   
RF MAR 4:2 And He taught them much in parables, saying to them in the course of His teaching:
   
RF MAR 4:3 "Listen! The sower went out to sow;
   
RF MAR 4:4 and it happened that while sewing, some seed fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured it.
   
RF MAR 4:5 Another part fell upon a stony spot, where the soil was shallow; and it at once sprouted, because there was no depth of soil;
   
RF MAR 4:6 but as soon as the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered.
   
RF MAR 4:7 And some again fell among thistles, and the thistles grew up and choked it, and it produced no grain.
   
RF MAR 4:8 Some, however, fell upon good soil, and, springing up, it produced grain, and increased; yielding, one thirty, one sixty, and one a hundredfold."
   
RF MAR 4:9 He then exclaimed, "Whoever has ears to hear, let him listen!"
   
RF MAR 4:10 Explanation of the Parable.
When He was in private, these who attended Him, and the twelve, asked Him about the parable.
   
RF MAR 4:11 "It is given to you," He answered them, "to become acquainted with the hidden meanings of the Kingdom of God: but to those outside, all is in parables;
   
RF MAR 4:12 that seeing, they may see, and will not perceive; and hearing, they may hear, and will not comprehend; otherwise they would turn back, when their sins would be forgiven them.
   
RF MAR 4:13 Do you not understand this parable?" He asked them. "Then how will you understand all the parables?
   
RF MAR 4:14 The sower sows the message:
   
RF MAR 4:15 and these by the roadside are those in whom the message has been implanted; but when they receive it, Satan immediately comes and snatches up the message which is scattered in their hearts.
   
RF MAR 4:16 And so likewise, that which fell upon stony places are those who, receiving the message, at once accept it with delight;
   
RF MAR 4:17 yet possessing no root in themselves, they are temporary: then when trouble or persecution comes by reason of the message, they immediately fall.
   
RF MAR 4:18 Again, these sown among the thistles are those who accept the message;
   
RF MAR 4:19 but the anxieties of this age, the seductions of wealth, and the admission of other inordinate desires, choke the message, and it becomes unfruitful.
   
RF MAR 4:20 On the other hand, these sown upon good soil are those who receive the message; and, clinging to it, yield fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundredfold."
   
RF MAR 4:21 "Why is a lamp brought?" He proceeded to ask them; "is it to be placed under the corn-measure, or under the bed? Is it not rather in order that it may be placed upon the lamp-stand?
   
RF MAR 4:22 For there is nothing hidden that cannot be revealed; nor so concealed that it may not come into view.
   
RF MAR 4:23 Whoever has ears to hear, let him listen!"
   
RF MAR 4:24 Secret Growth.
He also said to them: "Be careful what you listen to. With the selfsame measure with which you measure, it will be measured to you, and applied to yourselves;
   
RF MAR 4:25 for gifts will be given to whoever possesses; and from those having nothing, whatever they have will be taken away."
   
RF MAR 4:26 He further said to them: "The Kingdom of God is thus: it is like a man who throws seed upon the ground
   
RF MAR 4:27 and sleeps, and rises night and day. The seed sprouts and grows up, yet he knows not how.
   
RF MAR 4:28 The earth, by its own action, yields grain; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
   
RF MAR 4:29 But when the grain is ripe, he immediately sends the reapers, because the harvest is ready."
   
RF MAR 4:30 The Mustard Seed.
Continuing, He said: "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? or in what allegory shall I represent it?
   
RF MAR 4:31 Just by a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds which they sow upon the land:
   
RF MAR 4:32 but when it grows up, it is the largest of all garden herbs, and produces great branches; so that the birds of the sky can take shelter under its shadow."
   
RF MAR 4:33 And by many such allegories He often spoke to them the message, as they were able to listen to it.
   
RF MAR 4:34 Indeed, He spoke nothing to them without an allegory; but in private He explained everything to His disciples.
   
RF MAR 4:35 Stilling the Storm.
When the evening of that day arrived, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."
   
RF MAR 4:36 Then leaving the crowd, they took Him away, as He was, in the vessel; although other boats were with Him.
   
RF MAR 4:37 And a very heavy gale began to blow, and the waves rushed into the boat, so that it was rapidly filling.
   
RF MAR 4:38 And He Himself was at the stern, lying asleep upon a cushion. They accordingly aroused Him, exclaiming, "Teacher! do You not care if we perish!
   
RF MAR 4:39 And having woke up, He restrained the wind, and said to the sea, "Silence! be still! " The wind then lulled, and there was perfect calm.
   
RF MAR 4:40 "Why," He asked them, "do you doubt in this way? How is it that you cannot yet have faith?"
   
RF MAR 4:41 But they became terrified; and said to one another, "What can He be? for even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
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