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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 MAT 4:1

The Temptation of Jesus.
Jesus then went up into the desert, under the influence of the Spirit, to be tried by the agency of the Devil.

   
RF MAT 4:2 And having fasted forty days and forty nights, He at last became hungry.
   
RF MAT 4:3 The Tempter then approached Him, and said: "If you are a Son of God, order these stones to become loaves."
   
RF MAT 4:4 But Jesus in reply said: "It is written, MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE; BUT UPON EVERY WORD PASSING THROUGH THE MOUTH OF GOD."1
   
RF MAT 4:5 Then the Devil, carrying Him into the holy city, placed Him upon the high porch of the temple, and said to Him:
   
RF MAT 4:6 "If you are a Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is recorded that HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU; TO SUPPORT YOU WITH THEIR HANDS, SO THAT YOU CANNOT DASH YOUR FOOT AGAINST THE PAVEMENT.2
   
RF MAT 4:7 Jesus in reply to him said: "And it is elsewhere written, YOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE LORD YOUR GOD."3
   
RF MAT 4:8 Again, the Devil carrying Him up a very high mountain, pointed out to Him all the kingdoms of that region, and the splendour of them,
   
RF MAT 4:9 and said to Him: "I will give You all these, if You will pay me homage." But Jesus in reply to him said:
   
RF MAT 4:10 "Begone, Satan! for it is written, YOU SHALL REVERENCE THE LORD, AND PAY HOMAGE TO HIM ALONE."4
   
RF MAT 4:11 The Devil then left Him, and angels at once approached and ministered to Him.
   
RF MAT 4:12 Now Jesus, having heard that John was betrayed, moved into Galilee;
   
RF MAT 4:13 and leaving Nazareth, He went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the borders of Zebulon and Naphtali;
   
RF MAT 4:14 so that the prediction delivered through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, which says:
   
RF MAT 4:15 OVER THE JORDAN, NEAR THE SEA,
IN THE LAND OF ZEBULON, AND NAPHTALI'S LAND,
IN THE HEATHEN GALILEE,
   
RF MAT 4:16 THE PEOPLE LIVING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT;
WHILE IN SOLITUDE CROUCHED,
AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
A LIGHT HAS BEFORE THEM BURST OUT.5
   
RF MAT 4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim and say, "Change your minds: for the Kingdom of Heaven approaches!"
   
RF MAT 4:18 Choosing his Apostles.
While walking along the coast of the sea of Galilee, He observed two brothers, Simon surnamed Peter, and his brother Andrew, throwing a cast- jog-net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
   
RF MAT 4:19 Speaking to them, He said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
   
RF MAT 4:20 And immediately abandoning their nets, they followed Him.
   
RF MAT 4:21 And going from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat along with their father, mending their nets; and He hailed them.
   
RF MAT 4:22 And at once abandoning the boat and their father, they followed Him.
   
RF MAT 4:23 Jesus then went through all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, as well as curing every kind of disease and infirmity among the people.
   
RF MAT 4:24 And the report about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all those who were afflicted with different mental diseases and sufferings—demoniacs, lunatics, and paralytics—and He restored them to health.
   
RF MAT 4:25 And great crowds followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea, as well as from the other side of the Jordan.
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1. Deut 8:3.
2. Psa 41:11-12
3. Deut 6.16
4. Deut 10:20
5. Isa 9:1-2
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