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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 LUK 19:1

Zaccheaus the Tax-farmer.
Then when He had entered and was passing through Jericho,

   
RF LUK 19:2 a man, Zaccheaus by name, who was the chief tax-farmer, and was rich,
   
RF LUK 19:3 endeavored to see what sort of person Jesus was; but he could not for the crowd, because he was short of stature.
   
RF LUK 19:4 Running ahead, however, he climbed a sycamore tree, in order that he might see Him when He passed by.
   
RF LUK 19:5 When Jesus came to the spot, He looked up: and, seeing him, said, "Zaccheaus, be quick and come down; for today I must stay at your house."
   
RF LUK 19:6 He accordingly descended with all speed, and received Him with delight.
   
RF LUK 19:7 On seeing it, however, they all grumbled, exclaiming, "Why, He is going to be entertained by a wicked man!"
   
RF LUK 19:8 Zacchaeus then presenting himself before the Master, said: "See, Sir, I give the half of my possessions to the poor; and if ever I have defrauded any one by means of false information, I will restore it fourfold."
   
RF LUK 19:9 Jesus said to him: "Salvation has today come to this family; for this man is certainly a son of Abraham.
   
RF LUK 19:10 For the Son of Man came to search out and save the lost."
   
RF LUK 19:11 Trustworthiness: The Parable of the Talents.
As the people were attentive, He proceeded to relate a parable, because He neared Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would immediately commence.
   
RF LUK 19:12 He therefore said: "Once a nobleman went to a distant country, to procure for himself a kingdom, and then to return.
   
RF LUK 19:13 So, calling ten of his own servants, he handed to them ten minahs1 and said to them, 'Carry on your business until I return.'
   
RF LUK 19:14 His countrymen, however, hated him, and sent an embassy to follow him, saying, ' We will not have this fellow to reign over us.'
   
RF LUK 19:15 "But, on his return, after having received the kingdom, he summoned before him those servants to whom he had entrusted the money, in order that he might ascertain what each had earned by trading.
   
RF LUK 19:16 The first appeared, saying, ' Sir, your minah has earned ten minahs additional.'
   
RF LUK 19:17 "Well done, good servant,' was the reply, 'because you have been faithful with a very little, you shall have the governorship of ten towns.'
   
RF LUK 19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Sir, your minah has gained five minahs.'
   
RF LUK 19:19 And to him also he said, 'You can be the governor of five towns.' "
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1 Equivalent to about 70.
   
RF LUK 19:20 And another came, saying, ' Here, sir, is your minah which I have kept wrapped up in a handkerchief;
   
RF LUK 19:21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a hard master; you exact what you did not give, and reap what you did not sow.'"
   
RF LUK 19:22 He said to him: 'Out of your own mouth will I condemn you, you worthless servant. Let it be that I am a hard master, exacting what I did not give, and reaping what I did not sow;
   
RF LUK 19:23 why then did you not place my money in a bank, so that upon my return I might have received it with interest?
   
RF LUK 19:24 Take that minah from him,' he said to his attendants, 'and give it to the one who has the ten minahs.'
   
RF LUK 19:25 "Why, he has ten minahs, sir,' was their reply.
   
RF LUK 19:26 "I tell you,' replied he, ' that to all who possess shall be given; but from the one who possesses nothing, even what he holds shall be taken from him.
   
RF LUK 19:27 Then, as to those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and execute them in my presence.'"
   
RF LUK 19:28 The Triumphant Entry.
Having then said this, He journeyed on, going up to Jerusalem.
   
RF LUK 19:29 And when He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount called Olivet, He sent forward two of His disciples,
   
RF LUK 19:30 saying, "Go to the opposite village; on entering which you will find a colt tied up, upon which no man has ever been seated; unfasten, and bring him here.
   
RF LUK 19:31 And if any one asks you, 'Why do you unfasten him?' tell him, 'The Master has need of him.'"
   
RF LUK 19:32 The messengers accordingly went away, and found everything as He had told them.
   
RF LUK 19:33 And as they were untying the colt, the owner asked them, "Why are you untying that colt?"
   
RF LUK 19:34 "The Master has need of him," was their answer.
   
RF LUK 19:35 So they brought him to Jesus: and, covering the colt with their cloaks, they placed Jesus upon its back.
   
RF LUK 19:36 And as they went, they flung their garments upon the road.
   
RF LUK 19:37 Then, as they reached the descent of the Mount of Olivet, the whole crowd of disciples began to exult and praise God in loud acclaim for all the powers they had witnessed,
   
RF LUK 19:38 saying, "BLESS THE KING COMING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;1
Peace from heaven,
And majesty in the heights!"
   
RF LUK 19:39 Some of the Pharisees, however, from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, reprimand Your disciples."
   
RF LUK 19:40 "I tell you," was His reply, "that even if they were to be silent, the stones would shout out!"
   
RF LUK 19:41 Then, as He approached, seeing the city, He wept on account of it;
   
RF LUK 19:42 exclaiming, "Oh that you had known, even at last, in this your day, what would bring you peace!
   
RF LUK 19:43 But now it is hidden from your eyes; because the days shall come upon you, when your enemies shall rear a rampart about You, hem you in upon every side,
   
RF LUK 19:44 and raze you to the ground, and your children within you; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you would not recognize the time for your preservation."
   
RF LUK 19:45 Jesus Purifying the Temple.
Then entering the temple, He began to drive out the dealers,—
   
RF LUK 19:46 saying to them, "It is written
My HOUSE IS A HOUSE OF PRAYER; 2 but you have made it A DEN OF THIEVES."3
   
RF LUK 19:47 And in the temple He continued to teach daily. The chief priests, professors, and leading men, however, sought to murder Him;
   
RF LUK 19:48 but they could not find an opportunity of effecting it; because all the people hung upon Him with the greatest attention.
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1. Psa 118:26
2. Isa Ivi:7
3. Jer 7:11
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