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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 ACT 15:1

Controversy Regarding Circumcision.
But some of those coming down from Judea taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the Mosaic custom, you cannot be saved."

   
RF ACT 15:2 The question accordingly having created no small amount of discussion and debate between them and Paul and Barnabas, they resolved that Paul and Barnabas, together with some others of their number, should go up to the apostles and elders at Jerusalem in reference to the question.
   
RF ACT 15:3 Having therefore been dispatched by the assembly, they proceeded through both Phoenicia and Samaria, relating the conversion of the heathen; and they produced unbounded delight in all the brethren.
   
RF ACT 15:4 On their arrival at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the assembly, and the apostles and elders; to whom they related what God had done with them.
   
RF ACT 15:5 But some believers belonging to the Pharisaic party started up, declaring, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and enjoin them to observe the law of Moses."
   
RF ACT 15:6 The apostles and the elders accordingly met together for the consideration of this particular question.
   
RF ACT 15:7 Then much discussion having occurred, Peter, arising, said to them: "Men, brothers, you understand that some time ago, God, among you, decided that through my mouth the heathen should listen to the message of the gospel, and believe it.
   
RF ACT 15:8 And the heart-knowing God gave an evidence for them, granting to them the Holy Spirit, in the same way as to ourselves;
   
RF ACT 15:9 and He made no distinction between us and them, having purified their hearts by the faith.
   
RF ACT 15:10 Now, therefore, why do you try God, by placing a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our forefathers nor ourselves are strong enough to bear?
   
RF ACT 15:11 On the contrary, we believe we are to be saved through the gift of the Lord Jesus; and they do the same."
   
RF ACT 15:12 Then all the assembly kept silence whilst they listened to Barnabas and Paul, relating how God had produced through them evidences and deep impressions among the nations.
   
RF ACT 15:13 But after they had finished speaking, James arose, and said: "Men, brothers, listen to me.
   
RF ACT 15:14 Symeon has been relating how God first turned to choose from among the heathen a people for His own name:
   
RF ACT 15:15 and this accords with the statements of the prophets; as it has been written:
   
RF ACT 15:16 AFTER THIS I WILL RETURN,
AND RE-ERECT THE FALLEN TENT OF DAVID;
AND I WILL RELAY ITS FOUNDATIONS,
AND REBUILD IT;
   
RF ACT 15:17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK OUT THE LORD, AND ALL THE HEATHEN MAY TAKE MY NAME UPON THEM,
   
RF ACT 15:18 SAYS THE LORD, WHO EFFECTS THESE EVENTS, KNOWN FROM ETERNITY. 1
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1 Amos lx. 11
   
RF ACT 15:19 "I am therefore of opinion that we should not harass those converted to God from among the heathen;
   
RF ACT 15:20 but that we send urging them to keep free from pollution by idols, from fornication, from that which is strangled, and blood.
   
RF ACT 15:21 For Moses, from preceding generations, has had his preachers in every town, being read every Sabbath in the synagogues."
   
RF ACT 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and elders, with the whole assembly, that men should be chosen from among themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judah, called Barsabas, and Silas, leading men in the brotherhood
   
RF ACT 15:23 writing by their hand:
The apostles and elder brothers, to their brothers from among the heathen who live in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia, greeting:
   
RF ACT 15:24 Since we have heard that some from among us have disturbed you with statements, unsettling your minds—to whom we gave no instructions—
   
RF ACT 15:25 it seemed right for us, being assembled together, to select men and send them to you, together with our friends, Barnabas and Paul,
   
RF ACT 15:26 men who have delivered up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF ACT 15:27 We have therefore sent Judah and Silas, who themselves will also report to you the same facts by word of mouth.
   
RF ACT 15:28 For it is the decision of the Holy Spirit, and our own, to lay upon you no greater burden than is necessary; that is,
   
RF ACT 15:29 to turn away from idol sacrifices, from blood, from that which is strangled, and from fornication. Keeping yourselves free from these, you will do well. Farewell."
   
RF ACT 15:30 Having, therefore, been dispatched, they went down to Antioch; and having convened the people, they delivered the letter.
   
RF ACT 15:31 When they had read it, they were pleased at its encouragement;
   
RF ACT 15:32 and Judah and Silas also, who were speakers, cheered the brethren by a long discourse, and strengthened them.
   
RF ACT 15:33 After working there for a time, they were released in peace from the brethren to those who had sent them.1
   
RF ACT 15:34 "But Silas made up his mind to stay where he was."
   
RF ACT 15:35 Paul and Barnabas, however, remained in Antioch, with several others, teaching and preaching the message of the Lord.
   
RF ACT 15:36 Paul's Second Missionary Journey.
Then, after some time, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us now pay a return visit to our brothers in every town which we have preached the good news of the message of the Lord, and see how they are proceeding."
   
RF ACT 15:37 But Barnabas was inclined to take John, surnamed Mark, with them.
   
RF ACT 15:38 Paul, however, considered it inadvisable to take him with them, as he had deserted them at Pamphylia, and did not accompany them in that work.
   
RF ACT 15:39 A dispute consequently occurred, which led them to separate from each other. And Barnabas, taking Mark with him, sailed to Cyprus;
   
RF ACT 15:40 while Paul, choosing Silas, took his departure, having been entrusted by the brethren to the blessing of the Lord.
   
RF ACT 15:41 He accordingly travelled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies.
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1 Some old MSS. here insert ver. 34 in language to the following effect, but each reading differently: "But Silas made up his mind to stay where he was." It has been suggested that the clause has been placed here to explain verse 40 F.F.
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