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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 20:1

Through Macedonia to Troas.
After the disturbance had been quieted, Paul, calling the disciples together, comforted them and took leave, and went out to proceed into Macedonia.

   
RF ACT 20:2 And, having passed through those parts, and encouraged them with sound reason, he went into Hellas.
   
RF ACT 20:3 But after he had been there three months, a plot having been laid against him by the Judeans when he was about to embark for Syria, he considered it advisable to return through Macedonia.
   
RF ACT 20:4 And there accompanied him Sopater Pyrrhus, the Berean; as well as Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica; Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; with Tychicus and Trophimus, Asiatics.
   
RF ACT 20:5 These, however, having preceded us, were awaiting our arrival at Troas.
   
RF ACT 20:6 After the days of unfermented bread, we accordingly sailed from Philippi, and five days later came to them at Troas, where we spent seven days.
   
RF ACT 20:7 At Troas.
On the first day of the week, when we assembled to break bread, Paul, intending to leave on the following day, addressed them, and prolonged his speech until midnight.
   
RF ACT 20:8 There were a number of lamps in the upper chamber in which we were assembled.
   
RF ACT 20:9 And a youth, named Eutychus, sitting in the window-sill, fell into a deep slumber; and as Paul continued his address for a considerable time, he became so overpowered with sleep that he fell down from the third story, and was picked up insensible.
   
RF ACT 20:10 Paul, hastening down, however, stooped over him, and, taking him in his arms, said, "Do not agitate yourselves, for his life is in him."
   
RF ACT 20:11 Then, going up again, and having broken the bread and tasted, he conversed with them for a considerable time, even until daybreak, when he departed.
   
RF ACT 20:12 They then took the boy away alive, and were greatly consoled.
   
RF ACT 20:13 At Miletus Address to the Ephesian Elders.
Embarking, then, in the vessel, we made for Asses, where we intended to take up Paul; because he had him-self decided to make the journey by land.
   
RF ACT 20:14 Accordingly, picking him up when we arrived at Asses, we next came to Mitylene.
   
RF ACT 20:15 And, sailing from there, we arrived opposite Chios on the following day; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we landed at Miletus.
   
RF ACT 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia-Minor; for he was hurrying on so that it might be possible for the day of Pentecost to come to him in Jerusalem.
   
RF ACT 20:17 Sending then to Ephesus from Miletus, he summoned there the elders of the assembly.
   
RF ACT 20:18 Then when they were come to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know from the first day that I set foot in Asia-Minor, how I have conducted myself with you all the time,
   
RF ACT 20:19 serving the Lord with all gentleness, amid the griefs and trials which befell me owing to the plots of the Judeans;
   
RF ACT 20:20 how I never shrank from declaring to you anything that was advantageous; teaching you publicly and privately;
   
RF ACT 20:21 producing evidence to both Jews and Greeks for conversion to God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF ACT 20:22 And now, impelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem in ignorance of what awaits me there;
   
RF ACT 20:23 except that in every town the Holy Spirit attests to me, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
   
RF ACT 20:24 "But I do not account my life of value to myself, except that I may complete my course, and the commission which I received from the Lord Jesus to bear witness to the good news of the gift of God.
   
RF ACT 20:25 And now I know that all you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the Kingdom, may never see my presence again.
   
RF ACT 20:26 I am consequently anxious this very day to prove to you that I am clear from the blood of all men;
   
RF ACT 20:27 because I never hesitated in declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
   
RF ACT 20:28 Guard yourselves, as well as the whole of the fold in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you shepherds, to nourish the church of God, which He has purchased with the blood of His own Son.
   
RF ACT 20:29 I know that after my departure ferocious wolves shall come in among you, not sparing the little flock;
   
RF ACT 20:30 yes, from among your own selves men will spring up, speaking pervertingly, in order to draw followers after themselves.
   
RF ACT 20:31 Because of this, be on your guard: remembering that for the space of three years I never failed to warn every one night and day with tears.
   
RF ACT 20:32 And now I entrust you to God, and to His given WORD, 1 Who has power to build up and to give you the inheritance with all the holy.
   
RF ACT 20:33 I have desired from none of you silver, gold, nor clothing.
   
RF ACT 20:34 You yourselves know that my own necessities, as well as of those accompanying me, have been supplied by these hands.
   
RF ACT 20:35 In everything I have given you an example, so that, labouring in this way, you ought to assist the infirm, remembering also the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " 2
   
RF ACT 20:36 And having thus spoken, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
   
RF ACT 20:37 And the whole of them being much overcome with emotion, they leaned upon Paul's neck, and fervently kissed him;
   
RF ACT 20:38 grieving especially on account of the remark which he made, that they might see his face no more. They then accompanied him to the ship.
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1 See John 1.1
2 NOTE. This quotation of an utterance of Christ which is nowhere else recorded in the Scriptures, proves that St. Paul had been personally acquainted with Him, and I might add references to other parts of this Apostle's writings to confirm the fact, as well as to passages in the Gospels.—F.F.
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