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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 9:1

"I tell you indeed," He went on to declare, "that there are some of those standing here who shall not taste of death, until they see the Kingdom of God appearing with power."

   
RF MAR 9:2 The Glorification on the Mount.
And six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and went with them privately by themselves into a high mountain. And He was transformed in their presence;
   
RF MAR 9:3 when His garments became sparkling bright, exceedingly white as snow, such as no bleacher on earth could whiten them.
   
RF MAR 9:4 Elijah and Moses then appeared to them: and they conversed with Jesus.
   
RF MAR 9:5 Then Peter said to Jesus, "How delightful it is to be here! Let us make three tents; one for You, one for
   
RF MAR 9:6 Moses, and one for Elijah." For he knew not what he should say, being, as they were, exceedingly terrified.
   
RF MAR 9:7 A cloud also came, overshadowing them; and a voice came out of the cloud: "This is My Son, My Beloved:
   
RF MAR 9:8 listen to Him!" And suddenly looking round, they saw no one, except Jesus, alone with themselves.
   
RF MAR 9:9 And while they were coming down from the mountain, He specially instructed them that they should disclose to no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
   
RF MAR 9:10 They, however, retained the event in their memory, puzzling themselves about this rising from the dead.
   
RF MAR 9:11 They also asked Him, "Why do the professors say that Elijah must come first?"
   
RF MAR 9:12 "Elijah certainly coming first, will restore all," He replied. "And how is it written about the Son of Man? That He must suffer much, and be treated with contempt?
   
RF MAR 9:13 I tell you, however, that Elijah has indeed come; and they have done to him whatever they liked, as it was written about him."
   
RF MAR 9:14 The Speechless Spirit.
Coming then to His disciples, He observed a great mob around them, and the professors engaged in discussion with them.
   
RF MAR 9:15 But as soon as they saw Him, all the crowd were much astonished; and, rushing forward, they saluted Him.
   
RF MAR 9:16 He then inquired of the professors, "What are you arguing against them?"
   
RF MAR 9:17 "Teacher," one of them answered, "I brought to You my son, who has a speechless spirit in possession of him;
   
RF MAR 9:18 and whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, when he foams and grinds his teeth, and he wastes away. I accordingly asked Your disciples to expel it; but they have not the power."
   
RF MAR 9:19 "What a skeptical race!" He exclaimed, in reply. " Until when must I remain with you? Until when must I be burdened with you? Bring him to Me."
   
RF MAR 9:20 They accordingly brought him to Him; and, on seeing Him, the spirit at once convulsed him painfully; and, falling upon the ground, he wallowed, foaming. He then asked his father,
   
RF MAR 9:21 "What length of time is it since this came to him?" "From childhood," he replied.
   
RF MAR 9:22 "And it often throws him into the fire, and into the water, so that it may put an end to him. If, however, anything is possible, have pity upon us, and help us."
   
RF MAR 9:23 "That depends upon yourself, "said Jesus to him; " if you only believe, all is possible to the believer."
   
RF MAR 9:24 "I do believe," exclaimed the father at once;" succor me in my unbelief!"
   
RF MAR 9:25 Seeing, however, that the crowd rushed together, Jesus rebuked the foul spirit, saying to him, "You speechless and deaf spirit, I command you to go out of him, and never enter him again."
   
RF MAR 9:26 Then shrieking, and convulsing him, it took its departure; and he became as if dead, so that many said, "He is dead."
   
RF MAR 9:27 But Jesus took his hand, lifting him, and he stood up.
   
RF MAR 9:28 And having entered a house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why were we powerless to cast him out?"
   
RF MAR 9:29 "This sort can only be expelled by means of prayer and fasting," He told them in reply.
   
RF MAR 9:30 The Betrayal Foretold.
Then going away from there, they travelled through Galilee; and He did not wish any one to know it:
   
RF MAR 9:31 because He was teaching His disciples, and repeating to them that "The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will murder Him; but having been murdered, He will rise again after three days."
   
RF MAR 9:32 They did not, however, comprehend this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.
   
RF MAR 9:33 Nobility Illustrated.
When they had come to Capernaum, and had entered the house, He asked them, "What were you discussing among yourselves on the road?"
   
RF MAR 9:34 But they kept silent; because upon the journey they had been arguing as to who was the greatest.
   
RF MAR 9:35 Then sitting down, He called the twelve, and said to them, "If any one wishes to be first, let him be the last, and the attendant upon all."
   
RF MAR 9:36 And taking a little child, He placed it in the midst of them; and caressing it, He said to them,
   
RF MAR 9:37 "If any one shall accept one child such as this for My Name's sake, he accepts Me; and if any one accepts Me, he accepts not Myself only, but My Sender."
   
RF MAR 9:38 John said to Him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons by means of Your Name; and we forbade him, because he was not one of our followers."
   
RF MAR 9:39 Jesus, however, said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who works a miracle in My Name, can easily speak ill of Me:
   
RF MAR 9:40 because he who is not against us is upon our side.
   
RF MAR 9:41 And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of the Messiah, I tell you indeed, that he shall by no means go unrewarded.
   
RF MAR 9:42 And, on the other hand, whoever causes one of the weakest believers in Me to fall, it would be much better for him to have a large millstone hung round his neck, and be flung into the sea.
   
RF MAR 9:43 If even your hand should cause you to fall, cut it off! It will be better for you to enter into life maimed, than possessing both hands to go into Gehenna, into the inextinguishable fire;
   
RF MAR 9:44 where their worm never ends, and the fire is not quenched.
   
RF MAR 9:45 And if your foot leads you astray, cut it off! It will be better for you to enter into life lame, than having two feet to be flung into Gehenna, into the in extinguishable' fire;
   
RF MAR 9:46 where their worm never ends, and the fire is not quenched.
   
RF MAR 9:47 And if your eye makes you fall, throw it away! It will be better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with but one eye, than possessing both eyes, to be thrown into the fire of Gehenna;
   
RF MAR 9:48 where their worm never ends, and the fire is not quenched.
   
RF MAR 9:49 For every one shall be salted by fire, as EVERY SACRIFICE IS SALTED WITH SALT.1
   
RF MAR 9:50 Salt is useful; but if the salt-rock should become saltless, how can itself be seasoned? Have salt in yourselves, and live at peace together."
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1 Lev. ii 13
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