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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 JOH 11:1

The Raising of Lazarus.
Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha, was ill

   
RF JOH 11:2 [and she was the Mary who bathed the Lord with perfume, wiping His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill].
   
RF JOH 11:3 The sisters, therefore, sent to Him, saying, "Master, Your very dear friend is now ill."
   
RF JOH 11:4 Jesus, on hearing it, however, remarked: "This illness is not for death; but, on the contrary, because of the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
   
RF JOH 11:5 Jesus had a friendship with Martha, her sister, and Lazarus.
   
RF JOH 11:6 Yet, when He heard that he was sick, He still remained two days at the place in which He was;
   
RF JOH 11:7 but after that He said to His disciples, "Let us return again to Judea."
   
RF JOH 11:8 "Teacher!" exclaimed His disciples, "the Judean were just now attempting to stone You; and are You going there again?"
   
RF JOH 11:9 "There are twelve hours in the day, are there not?" replied Jesus. "If any one walks in the day, he will not stumble, because he has the light of this world;
   
RF JOH 11:10 but if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not with him."
   
RF JOH 11:11 Having said this, He added, "Lazarus, our friend, slumbers; but I am going that I may arouse him."
   
RF JOH 11:12 "If he sleeps, Master," the disciples therefore said to Him, "he will be restored."
   
RF JOH 11:13 Jesus, however, referred to his death; but they supposed that He was speaking of refreshing sleep.
   
RF JOH 11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly,
   
RF JOH 11:15 "Lazarus has died; and for your sakes I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. However, let us go to him."
   
RF JOH 11:16 Thomas, known as the Twin, therefore said to his fellow-disciples: "Let us go as well, so that we may die with Him."
   
RF JOH 11:17 So, when Jesus arrived, He found that he had already been four days in the tomb.
   
RF JOH 11:18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles distant;
   
RF JOH 11:19 so many from among the Judeans had come to console Martha and Mary concerning their brother.
   
RF JOH 11:20 Martha, however, when she learned that Jesus was coming, went and met Him; but Mary remained in the house.
   
RF JOH 11:21 Martha then said to Jesus: "Master, had You been here, my brother would not have died;
   
RF JOH 11:22 but even now I know that whatever you may ask from God, God will grant You."
   
RF JOH 11:23 "Your brother shall rise again," Jesus remarked to her.
   
RF JOH 11:24 "I know," responded Martha, "that he will rise at the resurrection of the last day."
   
RF JOH 11:25 Jesus answered her: "I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes on Me, although he may die, he will live:
   
RF JOH 11:26 and every one living and believing in Me shall not die for ever. Do you believe this?"
   
RF JOH 11:27 "Yes, Master," was her reply; "I have believed that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the One coming to the world."
   
RF JOH 11:28 And having said this, she returned, and told Mary, her sister, privately: 'The Teacher stands near, and calls you."
   
RF JOH 11:29 On hearing it, she at once got up, and came to Him.
   
RF JOH 11:30 Now Jesus had not as yet entered the village; but was at the spot where Martha met Him.
   
RF JOH 11:31 The Judeans then who were in her company, consoling her in the house, noticing the haste with which Mary got up and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to grieve there.
   
RF JOH 11:32 Then when Mary came to where Jesus was, she fell at His feet on seeing Him, and exclaimed: "Master, had You been here, my brother would not have died!"
   
RF JOH 11:33 When Jesus then saw her grieving, and the Judeans who accompanied her grieving, He was Himself sad and disturbed in spirit;
   
RF JOH 11:34 and asked, "Where have you laid him?"
"Master, come and see," was their reply.
   
RF JOH 11:35 Jesus wept.
   
RF JOH 11:36 The Judeans then remarked: "See how fondly He loved him!"
   
RF JOH 11:37 But some of them said: "Could not He, Who opened the eyes of the blind, also have arranged that this man should not die?"
   
RF JOH 11:38 Jesus, therefore, again sighing in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, closed up at the entrance with a stone.
   
RF JOH 11:39 "Remove the stone," said Jesus. Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him: "Master, by this time the smell must be offensive; for this is the fourth day."
   
RF JOH 11:40 "Did I not tell you," replied Jesus, "that if you would believe, you should see the majesty of God?"
   
RF JOH 11:41 They accordingly removed the stone; when Jesus, looking upward, said: "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
   
RF JOH 11:42 As for Myself, I know that You listen to Me at all times; but I am speaking for the sake of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that You have sent Me."
   
RF JOH 11:43 And having said this, He called with a loud voice: "Lazarus, come out!"
   
RF JOH 11:44 He who was dead accordingly came out, swathed hand and foot with bandages, and his head wrapped up in a napkin. Jesus then told them, "loosen and let him walk."
   
RF JOH 11:45 Many therefore of the Judeans who had come to Mary and witnessed what He had done, believed in Him.
   
RF JOH 11:46 But some from among them repaired to the Pharisees, and reported to them what Jesus had done.
   
RF JOH 11:47 The Sanhedrim in Conference.
The priests and Pharisees accordingly convened a meeting of the Senate, and said: "What shall we do? because this Man produces many evidences.
   
RF JOH 11:48 If we should leave Him as He is, all will believe on Him; and the Romans will come and take from us this place and the nation."
   
RF JOH 11:49 But one of themselves, Caiaphas, who was the High Priest for that particular year, told them:" You know nothing at all;
   
RF JOH 11:50 Nor do you reflect that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the sake of the people, rather than that the whole nation should perish!"
   
RF JOH 11:51 A Comment by the Evangelist.
Now he did not say this from himself; but being High Priest that year, he foretold that Jesus would be put to death on behalf of the nation
   
RF JOH 11:52 [and not for the nation alone, but in order that the scattered children of God might be gathered into one].
   
RF JOH 11:53 From that day they accordingly plotted in what way they could affect His murder.
   
RF JOH 11:54 For this reason Jesus appeared no longer publicly among the Judeans; but retired to the country near the desert, to a village called Ephraim: and He continued there along with His disciples.
   
RF JOH 11:55 Fifth Visit to Jerusalem.
The Jewish Passover was approaching; and many went up to Jerusalem from that part, prior to the Passover, in order that they might purify themselves.
   
RF JOH 11:56 They therefore searched for Jesus; and, while standing in the temple, they remarked to each other, "What do you think? Will He not come to the festival?"
   
RF JOH 11:57 The chief priests and the Pharisees, however, had issued instructions that if anyone was acquainted with His whereabouts, he should report it, in order that they might arrest Him.
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