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Revised Fenton

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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.

AMP LUK 19:1 AND [Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through it.
AMP LUK 19:2 And there was a man called Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, and [he was] rich.
AMP LUK 19:3 And he was trying to see Jesus, which One He was, but he could not on account of the crowd, because he was small in stature.
AMP LUK 19:4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass that way.
AMP LUK 19:5 And when Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.
AMP LUK 19:6 So he hurried and came down, and he received and welcomed Him joyfully.
AMP LUK 19:7 And when the people saw it, they all muttered among themselves and indignantly complained, He has gone in to be the guest of and lodge with a man who is devoted to sin and preeminently a sinner.
AMP LUK 19:8 So then Zacchaeus stood up and solemnly declared to the Lord, See, Lord, the half of my goods I [now] give [by way of restoration] to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much. [Exod 22:1; Lev 6:5; Num 5:6, 7]
AMP LUK 19:9 And Jesus said to him, Today is [Messianic and spiritual] salvation come to [all the members of] this household, since Zacchaeus too is a [real spiritual] son of Abraham;
AMP LUK 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
AMP LUK 19:11 Now as they were listening to these things, He proceeded to tell a parable, because He was approaching Jerusalem and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to be brought to light and shown forth immediately.
AMP LUK 19:12 He therefore said, A certain nobleman went into a distant country to obtain for himself a kingdom and then to return.
AMP LUK 19:13 Calling ten of his [own] bond servants, he gave them ten minas [each equal to about one hundred days? wages or nearly twenty dollars] and said to them, Buy and sell with these while I go and then return.
AMP LUK 19:14 But his citizens detested him and sent an embassy after him to say, We do not want this man to become ruler over us.
AMP LUK 19:15 When he returned after having received the kingdom, he ordered these bond servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know how much each one had made by buying and selling.
AMP LUK 19:16 The first one came before him, and he said, Lord, your mina has made ten [additional] minas.
AMP LUK 19:17 And he said to him, Well done, excellent bond servant! Because you have been faithful and trustworthy in a very little [thing], you shall have authority over ten cities.
AMP LUK 19:18 The second one also came and said, Lord, your mina has made five more minas.
AMP LUK 19:19 And he said also to him, And you will take charge over five cities.
AMP LUK 19:20 Then another came and said, Lord, here is your mina, which I have kept laid up in a handkerchief.
AMP LUK 19:21 For I was [constantly] afraid of you, because you are a stern (hard, severe) man; you pick up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you did not sow.
AMP LUK 19:22 He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow?
AMP LUK 19:23 Then why did you not put my money in a bank, so that on my return, I might have collected it with interest?
AMP LUK 19:24 And he said to the bystanders, Take the mina away from him and give it to him who has the ten minas.
AMP LUK 19:25 And they said to him, Lord, he has ten minas [already]!
AMP LUK 19:26 And [said Jesus,] I tell you that to everyone who gets and has will more be given, but from the man who does not get and does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
AMP LUK 19:27 [The indignant king ended by saying] But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them--bring them here and slaughter them in my presence!
AMP LUK 19:28 And after saying these things, Jesus went on ahead of them, going up to Jerusalem.
AMP LUK 19:29 When He came near Bethphage and Bethany at the mount called [the Mount of] Olives, He sent two of His disciples,
AMP LUK 19:30 Telling [them], Go into the village yonder; there, as you go in, you will find a donkey's colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Loose it and bring [it here].
AMP LUK 19:31 If anybody asks you, Why are you untying [it]? you shall say this: Because the Lord has need of it.
AMP LUK 19:32 So those who were sent went away and found it [just] as He had told them.
AMP LUK 19:33 And as they were loosening the colt, its owners said to them, Why are you untying the colt?
AMP LUK 19:34 And they said, The Lord has need of it.
AMP LUK 19:35 And they brought it to Jesus; then they threw their garments over the colt and set Jesus upon it. [Zech 9:9]
AMP LUK 19:36 And as He rode along, the people kept spreading their garments on the road. [2 Kings 9:13]
AMP LUK 19:37 As He was approaching [the city], at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God [extolling Him exultantly and] loudly for all the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed,
AMP LUK 19:38 Crying, Blessed (celebrated with praises) is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven [freedom there from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin] and glory (majesty and splendor) in the highest [heaven]! [Ps 118:26]
AMP LUK 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from the throng said to Jesus, Teacher, reprove Your disciples!
AMP LUK 19:40 He replied, I tell you that if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out. [Hab 2:11]
AMP LUK 19:41 And as He approached, He saw the city, and He wept [audibly] over it,
AMP LUK 19:42 Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace--your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness--depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
AMP LUK 19:43 For a time is coming upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank [with pointed stakes] about you and surround you and shut you in on every side. [Isa 29:3; Jer 6:6; Ezek 4:2]
AMP LUK 19:44 And they will dash you down to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, [all] because you did not come progressively to recognize and know and understand [from observation and experience] the time of your visitation [that is, when God was visiting you, the time in which God showed Himself gracious toward you and offered you salvation through Christ].
AMP LUK 19:45 Then He went into the temple [enclosure] and began to drive out those who were selling,
AMP LUK 19:46 Telling them, It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer; but you have made it a cave of robbers. [Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11]
AMP LUK 19:47 And He continued to teach day after day in the temple [porches and courts]. The chief priests and scribes and the leading men of the people were seeking to put Him to death,
AMP LUK 19:48 But they did not discover anything they could do, for all the people hung upon His words and stuck by Him.

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