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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 6:1

The Despised Nazarene.
He then went from there, and came to His own country; and His disciples followed Him.

   
RF MAR 6:2 And when the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; when many who heard were struck with admiration, exclaiming, "Where has He obtained this!" and "What is the wisdom given to Him?" and, "How can such results come from His hands?
   
RF MAR 6:3 Is not this fellow the carpenter, the son of Mary? and only the brother of James, Joses, Judah, and Simon? and are His sisters not here among us?" And they were scandalized because of Him.
   
RF MAR 6:4 But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not dishonoured, except in his own country, among his relatives, and in his own house."
   
RF MAR 6:5 And He was there unable to do any powerful work; except that He cured a few sick people by laying His hands upon them.
   
RF MAR 6:6 And He wondered at their disbelief. But He traversed the surrounding villages, teaching.
   
RF MAR 6:7 The Mission of the Twelve.
He then called to Him the twelve, and began to send them out by two and two; and He gave them authority over foul spirits.
   
RF MAR 6:8 He also instructed them to take nothing for their journey, except a walking-stick alone; no bag, no bread, no money in their purse;
   
RF MAR 6:9 but only to be shod with sandals, and not wear two cloaks.
   
RF MAR 6:10 And He instructed them, "Wherever you may enter a house, remain there until you
   
RF MAR 6:11 leave the place; and whoever will neither accept you nor listen to you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust from under your feet, as an evidence against them. I tell you indeed, that it will be more endurable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that town."
   
RF MAR 6:12 Then departing, they preached that they should change their minds.
   
RF MAR 6:13 And they cast out many demons; and applied oil to many sick people, and they were cured.
   
RF MAR 6:14 The Murder of John.
King Herod also heard of it; for His name had become public; and he said, "It must be John the Baptizer, risen from the dead; and therefore the powers work through his hands."
   
RF MAR 6:15 Others said, "It is Elijah; " while others again said, "He is a prophet, or like one of the prophets."
   
RF MAR 6:16 Herod however, hearing it, said, "John whom I beheaded, has himself been raised from the dead!"
   
RF MAR 6:17 For Herod had sent to arrest John, and confined him in prison, on account of Herodia, the wife of his brother Philip; for he had married her,
   
RF MAR 6:18 although John had said to Herod, "It is not allowable for you to take your brother's wife."
   
RF MAR 6:19 Herodia herself consequently bore him a grudge, and longed to murder him; but was not able,
   
RF MAR 6:20 for Herod respected John, knowing him to be a just and holy man, and had 'befriended him, and gladly listened to him, and did many things willingly when he heard him.
   
RF MAR 6:21 But upon the arrival of a suitable day, when Herod gave a dinner to his nobles, generals, and the gentry of Galilee,
   
RF MAR 6:22 Herodia's own daughter entered and danced, greatly pleasing Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you like, and I will give it you!"
   
RF MAR 6:23 And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it you, even to the half of my kingdom."
   
RF MAR 6:24 Then running out, she said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" "The head of John the Baptizer," was her reply.
   
RF MAR 6:25 Rushing back to the king, she demanded, saying, "I wish you would give at once on a dish the head of John the Baptizer!"
   
RF MAR 6:26 The king was horrified; yet because of his oath, and his guests, he did not like to refuse her.
   
RF MAR 6:27 So the king at once sent one of his body-guards, with instructions to take off his head. He accordingly went and beheaded John in the prison,
   
RF MAR 6:28 and brought his head upon a dish, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
   
RF MAR 6:29 Then his disciples, hearing of it, came and took possession of his body, and placed it in a tomb.
   
RF MAR 6:30 Feeding Five Thousand Men.
When the apostles returned to Jesus, they reported to Him everything that they had done, and all that they had taught.
   
RF MAR 6:31 He then said to them, "Come and retire privately by yourselves to a quiet place, and rest a little"; for many were coming and going, so that they had no leisure, not even to eat.
   
RF MAR 6:32 They accordingly retired privately by boat to a quiet place.
   
RF MAR 6:33 Many, however, observed their departure; and recognizing Him, they ran by land from all the towns, and arrived first.
   
RF MAR 6:34 So upon disembarking, He observed a great crowd; and He had pity upon them, because they were as scattered sheep who had no shepherd: but He then began to teach them many things.
   
RF MAR 6:35 And when many hours had passed, His disciples approached Him and said, "Seeing that this is a desert place, and it is now late,
   
RF MAR 6:36 dismiss them, in order that they may go into the surrounding fields and villages, and buy bread for themselves; for they have nothing to eat here."
   
RF MAR 6:37 "Give them something yourselves to eat," He said to them in reply. And they asked Him, "Shall we go and purchase twenty pounds' worth of loaves, and give it to them to eat?"
   
RF MAR 6:38 "How many loaves have you?" He asked; "go and see." And on ascertaining, they replied, "Five, and two fishes."
   
RF MAR 6:39 He then ordered them all to recline in parties upon the green grass.
   
RF MAR 6:40 They accordingly took their seats in groups, here a hundred, there fifty.
   
RF MAR 6:41 And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, blessing them; and breaking up the loaves, He handed to His disciples to distribute among the crowd: while He divided the two fishes among them all.
   
RF MAR 6:42 And they all partook, and were satisfied.
   
RF MAR 6:43 They then picked up twelve bags full of the broken pieces, and of the fishes.
   
RF MAR 6:44 And these who had eaten of the bread numbered about five thousand men.
   
RF MAR 6:45 Immediately after, He urged His disciples to embark in the vessel, and proceed to the other shore, towards Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
   
RF MAR 6:46 And having bidden them farewell, He withdrew to the mountain to pray.
   
RF MAR 6:47 Then when the evening arrived, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and He alone upon the land.
   
RF MAR 6:48 Seeing them struggling with the oars, for the wind was against them, at about three o'clock in the morning He made towards them, walking upon the water; and He came alongside of them.
   
RF MAR 6:49 But they, seeing Him walking upon the water, concluded that it must be a phantom, and shrieked out in their terror;
   
RF MAR 6:50 for they all saw Him. But addressing them at once, He said, "Take courage! I AM; do not be afraid."
   
RF MAR 6:51 And when He got up to them in the boat, the wind lulled. And they were much astonished in themselves;
   
RF MAR 6:52 for they did not reflect upon the loaves, because of their degenerate hearts.
   
RF MAR 6:53 In the Land of Gennesaret.
So when they had crossed over, they arrived in the land of Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.
   
RF MAR 6:54 Then when they had disembarked from the boat, the people at once recognized Him;
   
RF MAR 6:55 and ran through the whole neighborhood, bringing on mattresses those who were sick, carrying them about to wherever they heard He was.
   
RF MAR 6:56 And wherever He entered a village, town, or field, they placed the sick in the open places, and begged Him that they might but touch the fringe of His robe; and as many as touched Him were restored.
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