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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 4:1

The Temptation in the Desert.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, went away from the Jordan, and was carried by the Spirit into the desert,

   
RF LUK 4:2 to be tried under the Devil for forty days. And He ate nothing during that time; but on their completion He at last was hungry.
   
RF LUK 4:3 The Devil then said to Him, "If You are a Son of God, command this stone, so that it may become a loaf."
   
RF LUK 4:4 In reply to him, however, Jesus Said, IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE UPON BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY DECREE OF GOD. 1
   
RF LUK 4:5 Then taking Him up a high mountain, he pointed out to Him in a second of time all the surrounding kingdoms;
   
RF LUK 4:6 and the Devil said to Him " I will give you all this power, and the splendour of them; for it has been entrusted to me, and I can give it to whoever I will.
   
RF LUK 4:7 If You, therefore, will pay homage before me, they shall be Yours."
   
RF LUK 4:8 "Begone from Me, Enemy! " Jesus replied; " for it is written, You SHALL KNEEL TO YOUR LORD GOD, AND WORSHIP HIM ALONE." 2
   
RF LUK 4:9 He then carried Him to Jerusalem, and placed Him upon the battlement of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are a Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;
   
RF LUK 4:10 for it is written, HE SHALL INSTRUCT HIS ANGELS CONCERNING You, AND THEY WILL PROTECT YOU;
   
RF LUK 4:11 AND WILL HOLD YOU IN THEIR HANDS, FOR FEAR You SHOULD CRUSH YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE."3
   
RF LUK 4:12 "Yet it has been said," Jesus answered him, YOU SHALL NOT TRY THE LORD YOUR GOD. 4
   
RF LUK 4:13 The Devil having then completed every trial, departed from Him until another opportunity.
   
RF LUK 4:14 Preaching at Nazareth.
Jesus then returned to Galilee with the power of the Spirit; and His reputation spread throughout the whole of the neighborhood.
   
RF LUK 4:15 And He taught in their synagogues with the approval of all.
   
RF LUK 4:16 He afterwards came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and, as His custom was, He entered the synagogue on the day of rest. And standing up to read,
   
RF LUK 4:17 there was handed to Him the roll of the prophet Isaiah. And opening out the roll, He found the place where it was written,
   
RF LUK 4:18 A SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BY WHICH HE HAS APPOINTED ME TO TELL GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKEN-HEARTED; TO PROCLAIM FREEDOM TO THE ENSLAVED; AND RESTORATION OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND; TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED;
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1. Deut. 8.3
2. Exod. XXXIV 14
3. Psa xci.11-12
4. Deut 6.16
   
RF LUK 4:19 TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR HONOURED BY THE LORD.1
   
RF LUK 4:20 And having rolled up the book, He returned it to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him.
   
RF LUK 4:21 Then He began to say to them, "today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
   
RF LUK 4:22 And they all commended Him, and wondered at the language of love which proceeded from His mouth; but remarked, "Is this not the son of Joseph?"
   
RF LUK 4:23 He then said to them, "You will all repeat this parable to Me, 'Physician, cure yourself': ' whatever we have heard that You have done in Capernaum, do also here in Your own country.'"
   
RF LUK 4:24 Rejection by the Nazarenes.
But He added, "I tell you indeed, that a prophet is never acceptable in his own country.
   
RF LUK 4:25 Therefore, in truth I remind you that there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed over three years and six months, so that a great famine came upon all the land;
   
RF LUK 4:26 however, Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, of Sidon, to a widow woman.
   
RF LUK 4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; yet none of them were cured, but only Naaman the Syrian."
   
RF LUK 4:28 Then all in the synagogue, on hearing this, were filled with fury;—
   
RF LUK 4:29 and they rose up and forced Him out of the town, dragging Him to the brow of the hill upon which their town was built, in order to fling Him down from there.
   
RF LUK 4:30 But gliding through the midst of them, He went His way.
   
RF LUK 4:31 Curing a Demoniac.
And coming down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, He taught them every Sabbath;
   
RF LUK 4:32 and they were delighted at His teaching, because His language was authoritative.
   
RF LUK 4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man possessed of a foul spirit; and he shrieked out with a loud voice, exclaiming,
   
RF LUK 4:34 "Ha! what is there common between us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come here to exterminate us? I know You, who You are the Holy One of God!"
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1. Isa lxi:1-2
   
RF LUK 4:35 Jesus, however, repelled him, saying, "Keep silent! and go out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down among them in convulsions, he came out of him, leaving him uninjured.
   
RF LUK 4:36 And terror came upon all, and they talked to each other, remarking, "What is this teaching? for He even commands the foul spirits with authority and power, and they depart!"
   
RF LUK 4:37 A rumor about Him then began to spread through every part of that region.
   
RF LUK 4:38 Cure of Simon's Mother In Law.
Then quitting the synagogue, He entered the house of Simon. And Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a violent fever; and they pleaded with Him about her.
   
RF LUK 4:39 And standing over her, He arrested the fever, and it left her: and getting up at once, she attended to them.
   
RF LUK 4:40 Curing at Eventide.
When the sun was setting, all who had sick from various diseases brought them to Him; and He placed His hands upon them, and cured them.
   
RF LUK 4:41 Many demons were also cast out, shrieking and saying, "You are the Son of God!" He restrained them, however, and would not allow them to say that they knew Him to be the Messiah.
   
RF LUK 4:42 And when the day dawned, He took His departure to a desert spot; but the crowd, eagerly searching Him out, came to the same place, and urged Him never to leave them.
   
RF LUK 4:43 But He replied to them, "I must also preach the good news in the other towns; for that is the purpose for which I was sent."
   
RF LUK 4:44 And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.
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