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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.

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RF TH1 4:1

On Purity of Life.
Therefore, for the rest, brethren, we ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that since you learnt by us how you ought to walk and please God—even as also you do walk—that you may progress further.

   
RF TH1 4:2 For you know what commands coming from the Lord Jesus we gave you.
   
RF TH1 4:3 For this is the intention of the God Who purified you, that you keep from fornication:
   
RF TH1 4:4 that each of you should know how to keep his own vessel in purity and honour,
   
RF TH1 4:5 not in a passion of lust, like the heathen who know not God;
   
RF TH1 4:6 neither outrage nor deceive your brother in this matter: for there is an avenging Lord for all these, as we indeed told and bore witness to you.
   
RF TH1 4:7 For God called you not to impurity, but to purity.
   
RF TH1 4:8 Consequently, it is quite certain that the offender outrages not man, but God Who gave you His Holy Spirit.
   
RF TH1 4:9 On Brotherly Love.
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need to be written to; for you yourselves are Divinely instructed to love one another:
   
RF TH1 4:10 and, indeed, you practice it to all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we beg you, brethren, to progress still further;
   
RF TH1 4:11 and be ambitious of quietude, and to attend to your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we have before taught you;
   
RF TH1 4:12 so that you may be well conducted before the outsiders, and have need of nothing,
   
RF TH1 4:13 The Coming of the Lord.
We desire you not to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who sleep; so that you may not grieve, as the rest who are without a hope.
   
RF TH1 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, thus also God will, by means of Jesus, restore with Him those who are asleep.
   
RF TH1 4:15 For we say this to you as a message from the Lord, that we, the living, the survivors until the appearance of the Lord, will not precede those who sleep.
   
RF TH1 4:16 For the Lord Himself in command, with the voice of an archangel, and with a signal from God, will descend from heaven; and first the dead in Christ will rise again;
   
RF TH1 4:17 then we, the living remnant, shall at the same time be carried up in clouds for an introduction by the Lord into the eternal condition, and then we shall always be with the Lord.
   
RF TH1 4:18 Therefore console one another with these truths.
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