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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 JOH 21:1

The Marvelous Lake of Fish.
After this, Jesus again manifested Himself to His disciples at the Lake of Tiberias. And He appeared in this way:

   
RF JOH 21:2 there were together, Simon Peter, Thomas, called the Twin, Nathaniel of Cana, in Galilee, the Zebedee's, as well as two more of his disciples.
   
RF JOH 21:3 Simon Peter remarked to them "I am going to fish." "We are also coming with you,' was their reply. They went off, and entered into a boat; but during that night they caught nothing.
   
RF JOH 21:4 When, however, the day began to dawn, Jesus stood upon the beach. The disciples, nevertheless, failed to recognize that it was Jesus.
   
RF JOH 21:5 Jesus, therefore, called to them "Lads, have you caught anything to eat?" "No," was their answer.
   
RF JOH 21:6 He accordingly said to them: "Throw your net upon the right side of the boat, and you will find some. "They, therefore, cast, and then found they were no longer able to haul it in, owing to the quantity of fish.
   
RF JOH 21:7 That disciple whom Jesus loved then observed to Peter: "It is the Lord." So when Simon Peter learned that it was the Lord, he slipped on his jacket (for he was stripped), and flung himself into the water.
   
RF JOH 21:8 The other disciples, however, being only about a hundred yards distant from the shore, landed in the small boat, dragging the net with the fish.
   
RF JOH 21:9 When they had got out upon the shore, they observed a charcoal fire, with fish and a cake placed upon it.
   
RF JOH 21:10 "Pick from the fish which you have now caught," said Jesus to them.
   
RF JOH 21:11 Simon Peter accordingly went and drew the net upon the beach, full of large fish, to the number of one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
   
RF JOH 21:12 "Come, have your breakfast," said Jesus to them. And none of the disciples ventured to ask Him, "Who are You?" perceiving, as they did, that it was the Lord.
   
RF JOH 21:13 Jesus drew near, took the cake, and distributed among them, as well as of the fish.
   
RF JOH 21:14 This was now the third occasion on which Jesus was manifested to the disciples after He had risen from the dead.
   
RF JOH 21:15 Peter's Affection for Jesus.
Now when they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Peter: "Simon of John, are you My friend more than these? "Yes, Master," he said, in reply; "You know that I am Your friend." "Feed My lambs," said He.
   
RF JOH 21:16 Again a second time He asked him: "Simon, son of John, are you My friend? "Yes, Master," was his answer; "You know that I am Your friend. "He told him: "Shepherd My sheep."
   
RF JOH 21:17 For the third time He asked him: "Simon, son of John, are you indeed My friend?" Peter was grieved because He asked him the third time, "Are you My friend?" and, in reply, he said to Him, "Lord, You know all; You know my affection for You." Jesus replied to him: "Feed My little sheep."
   
RF JOH 21:18 Most assuredly I tell you, that when you were younger, you dressed yourself, and went wherever you liked; but when you get older, you will hold out your hands, when another will dress you, and carry you where you do not desire."
   
RF JOH 21:19 [He said this, intimating the nature of the death by which he would pay honour to God.] And, having spoken this, He said to him: "Follow Me."
   
RF JOH 21:20 Peter, turning round, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following—the one who lay near His breast at the supper, and asked: "Who, Master, is the one who is betraying You?"
   
RF JOH 21:21 Peter, therefore, seeing him, said to Jesus: "But what about this one, Lord?"
   
RF JOH 21:22 Jesus replied to him: "If I decide for him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You must follow Me."
   
RF JOH 21:23 [This remark, therefore, led to a general impression among the brothers that that particular disciple would not die. Jesus, however, did not say that he would not die, but, "If I decide for him to remain until I come, what is that to you?"
   
RF JOH 21:24 Postscript.
It is this disciple who attests these events, and wrote this narrative; and we know that his evidence is truth.
   
RF JOH 21:25 And very many more were the acts: of Jesus, which, were they to be severally related, I imagine the world itself could not contain the volumes that would be written.]
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