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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 8:1

Feeding Four Thousand.
About this time a very great crowd collected; and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him, saying to them,

   
RF MAR 8:2 "I am grieved for the crowd, because they have remained with Me three days, and they have nothing that they can eat.
   
RF MAR 8:3 If I therefore dismiss them to their homes, they will faint by the way; for some of them have come from a distance."
   
RF MAR 8:4 His disciples accordingly asked Him in reply, "From where are we able, here in this desert, to satisfy all these with bread?"
   
RF MAR 8:5 "How many loaves have you?" He asked them. "Seven," was their reply.
   
RF MAR 8:6 He then instructed the crowd to be seated upon the ground; and taking the seven loaves, having offered a blessing, He broke up and gave to His disciples for distribution, and they handed round to the crowd.
   
RF MAR 8:7 Besides, they had a few small fishes; and having blessed, He ordered these also to be distributed.
   
RF MAR 8:8 And they ate, and were satisfied; and of the broken pieces that remained over, they gathered up seven hampers full.
   
RF MAR 8:9 The eaters numbered about four thousand. He then dismissed them.
   
RF MAR 8:10 Pharisaic Ferment.
He immediately afterwards embarked in the boat together with His disciples, and came to the neighborhood of Dalmanutha.
   
RF MAR 8:11 There the Pharisees approached, and began to argue with Him, asking Him for a sign from heaven, testing Him.
   
RF MAR 8:12 But sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this race hunt after a sign? I tell you indeed, that no sign shall be given to this race."
   
RF MAR 8:13 And leaving them, He again took the boat, and returned to the other shore.
   
RF MAR 8:14 They had forgotten, however, to provide themselves with bread; and they had with them but one loaf in the boat.
   
RF MAR 8:15 And He warned them, saying, "Take care! beware of the ferment of the Pharisees, and of the ferment of Herod."
   
RF MAR 8:16 They then consulted with one another, remarking, "It is because we have no bread."
   
RF MAR 8:17 But Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you consult because you have no bread? Will you never reflect nor comprehend? Is your intellect dull?
   
RF MAR 8:18 Having eyes, do you not see? Having ears, do you not hear? and do you not remember?
   
RF MAR 8:19 When I broke those five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up? "Twelve," was their reply.
   
RF MAR 8:20 "And of those seven among the four thousand, how many hampers full of broken pieces did you gather up?" "Seven," they replied.
   
RF MAR 8:21 "Then how," He went on to ask them, "do you not yet understand?"
   
RF MAR 8:22 A Blind Man Cured.
Then when He arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to Him a blind man, pleading that he would touch him.
   
RF MAR 8:23 So, taking the blind man by the hand, He led him out of the village; and having spit into his eyes, He placed his hands upon him, asking him if he saw anything.
   
RF MAR 8:24 And looking up, he said, "I see men, I see them like walking trees!"
   
RF MAR 8:25 Then He again placed His hands over his eyes, and made him look up; and he was restored, and saw everything quite distinctly.
   
RF MAR 8:26 Jesus then sent him away to his home, saying, "Do not enter even the village, nor tell it to any one in the village."
   
RF MAR 8:27 Peter's Acknowledgment.
Jesus and His disciples afterwards proceeded to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the road He questioned His disciples, asking, "Whom do men say that I am?"
   
RF MAR 8:28 In reply they told Him, "John the Baptizer; others Elijah; and others; again, one of the prophets."
   
RF MAR 8:29 "But Whom do you say that I am?" He asked them again. "You are the Messiah," exclaimed Peter,
   
RF MAR 8:30 in reply, He enjoined them, however, to tell no one about Him.
   
RF MAR 8:31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man had much to endure, and to be rejected at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and professors; aye, even to be murdered; to rise again, however, after three days.
   
RF MAR 8:32 And He made this statement quite openly. Then Peter, seizing hold of Him, began to reproach Him.
   
RF MAR 8:33 But turning round, and looking at His disciples, He repelled Peter, exclaiming, "Get behind Me, Satan; because you do not reflect upon the thoughts of God, but merely those of men."
   
RF MAR 8:34 Then calling the crowd to Him, along with the disciples, He said to them " Who ever wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me;
   
RF MAR 8:35 for whoever desires to preserve his life, will sacrifice it; but if any one sacrifices his life for the sake of Me, and for the good news, he will preserve it.
   
RF MAR 8:36 For what will it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?
   
RF MAR 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?
   
RF MAR 8:38 If any one, however, is ashamed of Me and of My teachings in this adulterous and wicked race, then will the Son of Man be ashamed of him, when He comes with the holy angels in the majesty of His Father."
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