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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 PE1 5:1

Peter's Exhortation to the Shepherds.
I therefore entreat you old men, as an old man, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a participator of the majesty which is to be revealed,

   
RF PE1 5:2 shepherd the flock of God among which you are exercising the oversight, not unwillingly, but willingly; not for the sake of sordid gain, but from good disposition;
   
RF PE1 5:3 not as domineering over the charge entrusted to you, but making yourselves examples to the flock.
   
RF PE1 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd makes His appearance, you shall be rewarded with the unfading crown of honour.
   
RF PE1 5:5 In the same way, let the young be submissive to the old. And be all bound together with gentle-mindedness; because GOD RESISTS THE HAUGHTY, BUT ENDOWS THE GENTLE WITH A GIFT.1
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1. Pro 3:34
   
RF PE1 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the powerful hand of God, so that in due time He will exalt you;
   
RF PE1 5:7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He Himself cares for you.
   
RF PE1 5:8 Be temperate; be on the alert. Your adversary, the Devil, roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
   
RF PE1 5:9 Take a firm stand against him by the faith, knowing that the same sufferings and discipline have perfected your brethren.
   
RF PE1 5:10 And the God of all blessing, Who has called you to His eternal majesty in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen you.
   
RF PE1 5:11 To Him the dominion throughout the eternal ages. Amen.
   
RF PE1 5:12 The Conclusion.
Through Silvanus, who is, I consider, your faithful brother, I have briefly written, exhorting and testifying that this is a true gift from God, in which you stand.
   
RF PE1 5:13 Those in Babylon chosen with you, salute you; as well as Mark my son.
   
RF PE1 5:14 Embrace one another with a kiss of affection. Peace be with all those of you in Christ.
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(This Epistle was probably written from Babylon about 64 or 65 A.D.)
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