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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.

   
KJV MAT 21:1

"And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,"

   
KJV MAT 21:2 "Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me."
   
KJV MAT 21:3 "And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them."
   
KJV MAT 21:4 "All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,"
   
KJV MAT 21:5 "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass."
   
KJV MAT 21:6 "And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,"
   
KJV MAT 21:7 "And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon."
   
KJV MAT 21:8 "And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way."
   
KJV MAT 21:9 "And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
   
KJV MAT 21:10 "And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?"
   
KJV MAT 21:11 "And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
   
KJV MAT 21:12 "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,"
   
KJV MAT 21:13 "And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."
   
KJV MAT 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
   
KJV MAT 21:15 "And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,"
   
KJV MAT 21:16 "And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?"
   
KJV MAT 21:17 "And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there."
   
KJV MAT 21:18 "Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered."
   
KJV MAT 21:19 "And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away."
   
KJV MAT 21:20 "And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!"
   
KJV MAT 21:21 "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done."
   
KJV MAT 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
   
KJV MAT 21:23 "And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?"
   
KJV MAT 21:24 "And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things."
   
KJV MAT 21:25 "The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?"
   
KJV MAT 21:26 "But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet."
   
KJV MAT 21:27 "And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."
   
KJV MAT 21:28 "But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard."
   
KJV MAT 21:29 "He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went."
   
KJV MAT 21:30 "And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not."
   
KJV MAT 21:31 "Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you."
   
KJV MAT 21:32 "For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him."
   
KJV MAT 21:33 "Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:"
   
KJV MAT 21:34 "And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it."
   
KJV MAT 21:35 "And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another."
   
KJV MAT 21:36 "Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise."
   
KJV MAT 21:37 "But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son."
   
KJV MAT 21:38 "But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance."
   
KJV MAT 21:39 "And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him."
   
KJV MAT 21:40 "When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?"
   
KJV MAT 21:41 "They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons."
   
KJV MAT 21:42 "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?"
   
KJV MAT 21:43 "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof."
   
KJV MAT 21:44 "And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
   
KJV MAT 21:45 "And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them."
   
KJV MAT 21:46 "But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet."
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