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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 LUK 24:1

But at day-break upon the first day following the Sabbaths, they proceeded to the tomb, carrying the aromatics which they had prepared.

   
RF LUK 24:2 The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
They found, however, the stone rolled away from the tomb;
   
RF LUK 24:3 but, having entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
   
RF LUK 24:4 Now while they were searching about for it, suddenly two men stood near them in robes of dazzling brightness.
   
RF LUK 24:5 And in their terror they bent their faces to the ground; but the others asked them, "Why are you searching for the living among the dead?
   
RF LUK 24:6 He is not here, but is risen; recollect what He told you while He was still in Galilee,
   
RF LUK 24:7 saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of wicked men, and be crucified, and rise again the third day.'
   
RF LUK 24:8 "They then remembered His statement;
   
RF LUK 24:9 and returning, they reported all this to the eleven, as well as to all the others.
   
RF LUK 24:10 It was Mary the Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the Other women, together with their friends, who reported this to the apostles.
   
RF LUK 24:11 But the statements appeared to them to be nonsense; and they disregarded them.
   
RF LUK 24:12 Peter, however, jumping up, ran to the tomb; and, stooping down, he saw the winding sheet lying there alone. He accordingly returned home, musing in astonishment respecting what had taken place.
   
RF LUK 24:13 The Journey to Emmaus.
Now that very day two of them were going to a village, named Emmaus, a distance of seven miles from Jerusalem.
   
RF LUK 24:14 And they conversed between themselves about all these occurrences.
   
RF LUK 24:15 While they were conversing and discussing the matter, however, Jesus Himself approached, and proceeded with them.
   
RF LUK 24:16 But their eyes were held, so that they were prevented from recognizing Him.
   
RF LUK 24:17 And He asked them," What are these ideas which you throw out to each other as you walk along?" So they stood still, gloomily.
   
RF LUK 24:18 Then one named Cleophas asked Him in reply, "Are You the only resident of Jerusalem who does not know the events in it during these last few days?"
   
RF LUK 24:19 "What events?" He then asked them. "Why, those concerning Jesus of Nazareth," was their reply; " He was a Prophet, powerful in act and word in the presence of God, and all the people;
   
RF LUK 24:20 but the chief priests and nobles delivered Him to a sentence of death, and they have crucified Him.
   
RF LUK 24:21 We had hoped, however, that He was coming to deliver Israel. But in addition to all this, today being the third since these events occurred,
   
RF LUK 24:22 some women of our company have much surprised us; for having gone at day-break to the tomb,
   
RF LUK 24:23 and not finding the body, they came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said that He lives.
   
RF LUK 24:24 So some of those with us proceeded to the tomb, and found it just as the women had stated; but they did not see Him."
   
RF LUK 24:25 "How senseless and slow your hearts are to believe all that the prophets have spoken," He remarked to them.
   
RF LUK 24:26 "Ought not the Messiah to have suffered in this way, and taken possession of His majesty?"
   
RF LUK 24:27 Beginning then with Moses, and going through all the prophets, he explained to them everything in the sacred writings which referred to Himself.
   
RF LUK 24:28 The Lord Jesus at Emmaus.
Arriving then at the village to which they were going, He made as if He would go further;
   
RF LUK 24:29 but they pressed Him, saying, "Stay with us; for it is near evening, and the day declines." He accordingly went in to stay with them,
   
RF LUK 24:30 and as they were reclining together at the table, He took the loaf, and He blessed and broke it, distributing it to them.
   
RF LUK 24:31 Their eyes were then opened, and they recognized Him; but He withdrew from their presence.
   
RF LUK 24:32 And they said to one another, "Was not our heart burning within us while He spoke to us in the road, and explained the Scriptures to us?"
   
RF LUK 24:33 They then arose at once; and returning to Jerusalem, they there found the eleven assembled, with those who
   
RF LUK 24:34 had reported that" Master had risen indeed, and had appeared to Simon."
   
RF LUK 24:35 Then they themselves recounted what had occurred upon the road, and how He had been known to them in breaking the bread.
   
RF LUK 24:36 The Manifestation of the Lord Jesus to the Apostles.
While they were discoursing in this way, Jesus Himself stood among them, and said, "Peace to you!"
   
RF LUK 24:37 But they were surprised and tenor-stricken, imagining that they were gazing upon a spirit.
   
RF LUK 24:38 "Why are you startled?" He asked them; "and for what reason do doubts arise in your hearts?
   
RF LUK 24:39 Look at My hands and My feet; it is Myself: touch Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, such as you perceive I possess."
   
RF LUK 24:40 So saying, He showed them His hands and His feet.
   
RF LUK 24:41 But while they still disbelieved from delight and astonishment, He asked them, "Have you anything eatable here?"
   
RF LUK 24:42 They accordingly gave Him a piece of baked fish;
   
RF LUK 24:43 and taking it, He ate it in their presence.
   
RF LUK 24:44 He then said to them, "Those were facts which I told you while I was with you: how all that is written concerning Me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, must of necessity be fulfilled."
   
RF LUK 24:45 He then opened their minds, 1 to enable them to understand the Scriptures;
   
RF LUK 24:46 saying to them, "Thus it was written, that the Messiah must suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day;
   
RF LUK 24:47 and that a change of mind, with pardon of sins, be proclaimed to all the heathen, beginning at Jerusalem.
   
RF LUK 24:48 You are witnesses of these events.
   
RF LUK 24:49 And remember that I will send the promise of My Father; but stay in the city until you are endowed with power from on high."
   
RF LUK 24:50 The Ascension.
He then led them out as far as Bethany; and raising His hands, He blessed them.
   
RF LUK 24:51 And while He was blessing them, He was removed from them, being conveyed to heaven.
   
RF LUK 24:52 Then, having paid Him homage, they returned to Jerusalem with intense delight;
   
RF LUK 24:53 and were continually in the temple praising God.
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1. John 20:22
2. See Luke 3:23
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