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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.

   
AKJV MAR 5:1 And they came over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
   
AKJV MAR 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
   
AKJV MAR 5:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
   
AKJV MAR 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
   
AKJV MAR 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
   
AKJV MAR 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
   
AKJV MAR 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not.
   
AKJV MAR 5:8 For he said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.
   
AKJV MAR 5:9 And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
   
AKJV MAR 5:10 And he sought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
   
AKJV MAR 5:11 Now there was there near to the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
   
AKJV MAR 5:12 And all the devils sought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
   
AKJV MAR 5:13 And immediately Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
   
AKJV MAR 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
   
AKJV MAR 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
   
AKJV MAR 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
   
AKJV MAR 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
   
AKJV MAR 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
   
AKJV MAR 5:19 However, Jesus suffered him not, but said to him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you.
   
AKJV MAR 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
   
AKJV MAR 5:21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship to the other side, much people gathered to him: and he was near to the sea.
   
AKJV MAR 5:22 And, behold, there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
   
AKJV MAR 5:23 And sought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lies at the point of death: I pray you, come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
   
AKJV MAR 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
   
AKJV MAR 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
   
AKJV MAR 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
   
AKJV MAR 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
   
AKJV MAR 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
   
AKJV MAR 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
   
AKJV MAR 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
   
AKJV MAR 5:31 And his disciples said to him, You see the multitude thronging you, and say you, Who touched me?
   
AKJV MAR 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
   
AKJV MAR 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
   
AKJV MAR 5:34 And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague.
   
AKJV MAR 5:35 While he yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Your daughter is dead: why trouble you the Master any further?
   
AKJV MAR 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
   
AKJV MAR 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
   
AKJV MAR 5:38 And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
   
AKJV MAR 5:39 And when he was come in, he said to them, Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleeps.
   
AKJV MAR 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and enters in where the damsel was lying.
   
AKJV MAR 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said to her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say to you, arise.
   
AKJV MAR 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
   
AKJV MAR 5:43 And he charged them straightly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
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