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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 18:1

The Offence of the Cross at Corinth.
Paul, afterwards taking his departure from Athens, came to Corinth.

   
RF ACT 18:2 And finding a Jew, named Aquila, a Pontian by birth, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla—because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to be expelled from Rome—he went to them.
   
RF ACT 18:3 And as he was of the same profession, he stayed with them, employing himself; for by profession they were landscape painters.
   
RF ACT 18:4 But be debated every Sabbath in the synagogue, persuading both Jews and Greeks.
   
RF ACT 18:5 When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, however, Paul was engaged in earnest discussion, demonstrating to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.
   
RF ACT 18:6 Then setting themselves in opposition to him, and abusing him, he shook out his robe, and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I am guiltless: from now I will go to the heathen."
   
RF ACT 18:7 He accordingly took his departure, and went to the house of a God-fearing man, named Titus Justus, whose house was close to the synagogue.
   
RF ACT 18:8 But Crispus, the chief of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his family; and many of the Corinthians having heard, believed, and were baptized.
   
RF ACT 18:9 Then during a vision in the night, the Lord said to Paul," Fear not, but speak out, and do not keep silence;
   
RF ACT 18:10 because I am with you, and no one shall attack to injure you; for many people in this city belong to Me."
   
RF ACT 18:11 He accordingly remained there a year and six months, teaching the message of God among them.
   
RF ACT 18:12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews unanimously made an assault upon Paul, and took him before the Court,
   
RF ACT 18:13 asserting, "This fellow misleads men, to worship God contrary to the law."
   
RF ACT 18:14 Then when Paul was about to speak out in his defence, Gallio said to the Jews, "Now, if this were some act of injustice, or some atrocious crime, you Jews, it would be reasonable to listen to you:
   
RF ACT 18:15 but if it is a dispute about language and names, and about your own law, why, just look to it yourselves; I am not disposed to be a judge of such matters."
   
RF ACT 18:16 And he drove them from the Court.
   
RF ACT 18:17 The whole of them then throwing themselves upon Sosthenes, the chief of the synagogue, assaulted him in the presence of the Court. But Gallio cared nothing about such things.
   
RF ACT 18:18 Conclusion of the Second Missionary Journey.
But Paul still stayed a considerable time organizing the brotherhood, then took his leave of them, sailing for Syria —Priscilla and Aquila accompanying him—shaving his head at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
   
RF ACT 18:19 And on arriving at Ephesus, he left them. He, however, entered the synagogue by himself, and debated with the Jews.
   
RF ACT 18:20 Yet when they asked him to stay with them a little longer, he would not consent;
   
RF ACT 18:21 but took leave of them and said, "God willing, I will return to you again." Sailing then from Ephesus,
   
RF ACT 18:22 and landing at Caesarea, he went up and visited the Assembly (at Jerusalem).1 Then he descended to Antioch.
   
RF ACT 18:23 And spending some time there, he proceeded on his way; visiting in a regular manner the districts of Galatia and Phrygia, encouraging all the disciples.
   
RF ACT 18:24 The Evangelist Apollos.
A Judean, named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, a man of education, powerful in the Scriptures, met him at Ephesus.
   
RF ACT 18:25 He had been instructed in the paths of the Lord; and being fervent in his spirit, he spoke and taught about Jesus clearly, understanding only the baptism of John.
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1. Note 18:22, the words: "at Jerusalem" seem clearly to have been accidentally dropped out of the text by some early transcriber, for Paul came from Corinth especially to visit Jerusalem to fulfil a vow at the Temple; see v18 of the Chapter. —F.F.
   
RF ACT 18:26 And he began to speak out with confidence in the synagogue; when Priscilla and Aquila, hearing of him, took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
   
RF ACT 18:27 And as he was inclined to proceed to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. And on his arrival, he was, by means of his gift, of considerable assistance to the believers;
   
RF ACT 18:28 for in public he eloquently demonstrated to the Judeans, proving by means of the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
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