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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 CO1 1:1

The Introduction.
PAUL, chosen by Divine will an apostle of Christ Jesus, and the brother Sosthenes,

   
RF CO1 1:2 to the assembly of God existing in Corinth, purified in Christ Jesus: to the chosen saints, with all appealing to the Power of our Lord Jesus Christ—theirs and ours in every place.
   
RF CO1 1:3 Grace and peace to you from our Father God and Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF CO1 1:4 I always give thanks to my God at all times for the Divine gift granted to you in Christ Jesus:
   
RF CO1 1:5 by which you are enriched with Him in all things; and as with full reason and full knowledge
   
RF CO1 1:6 the evidence of Christ was confirmed among you,
   
RF CO1 1:7 that you may not be deficient in any spiritual gift; having received the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   
RF CO1 1:8 which will also support you until absolutely perfect for the day of our Lord Jesus.
   
RF CO1 1:9 For that God is faithful, by Whom you were chosen into a fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
   
RF CO1 1:10 But I beg of you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you would all reason alike, and that there may be no dissension among you; but that you may be trained in the same mind and into the same judgment.
   
RF CO1 1:11 For it has been made known to me respecting you, my brothers, by Chloe's people, that there are disputes among you.
   
RF CO1 1:12 What I mean is this: that you each declare, "I am for Paul"; or, "I am for Apollos "; or, "I for Cephas"; or, "I for Christ."
   
RF CO1 1:13 Can you gamble upon Christ? Paul was not crucified for you! or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
   
RF CO1 1:14 Thank God, that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius;
   
RF CO1 1:15 so that no one should say that I baptized into my own name.
   
RF CO1 1:16 Yet I baptized the family of Stephanas; beyond this I do not recollect if I baptized any others.
   
RF CO1 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to evangelize—not with philosophical argument, so that the cross of Christ might not be fruitless.
   
RF CO1 1:18 For the reason of the cross is certainly folly to the reprobate; but to us, the saved, it is a Divine power.
   
RF CO1 1:19 For it is written:
I WILL DESTROY THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE PHILOSOPHERS,
AND UPSET THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER.1
   
RF CO1 1:20 Where is the philosopher? Where is the professor? Where is the investigator of this age? Has not God made folly of the philosophy of this world?
   
RF CO1 1:21 For when, in the Divine philosophy, the world did not perceive the God through the philosophy, it pleased God to save the faithful by means of the folly of preaching.
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1. Isa 29:14
   
RF CO1 1:22 While the Jews demand a sign, and Greeks search after philosophy,
   
RF CO1 1:23 we proclaim a crucified Messiah—a certain offence to the Jews, and folly to the heathen;
   
RF CO1 1:24 but to the chosen, whether Jews or Greeks, Christ a Divine power, and a Divine philosophy.
   
RF CO1 1:25 For the folly of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
   
RF CO1 1:26 For, contemplate your vocation, brothers: that not many eminent philosophers, not many powerful, not many high-born—on the contrary,
   
RF CO1 1:27 God has chosen the foolish of the world, so that He might shame the philosophic; and God has chosen the weak of the world, so that He might shame the strong;
   
RF CO1 1:28 and God has chosen the low-born, and despised of the world, and the poor, to depose the possessors of power.
   
RF CO1 1:29 Therefore, none can boast in the presence of God.
   
RF CO1 1:30 But from Him you exist in Christ Jesus, Who has brought a philosophy from God to us, as well as righteousness, and purity, and redemption;
   
RF CO1 1:31 so that, as it is written, LET THE TRIUMPHANT TRIUMPH WITH THE LORD.1
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1. Jer 9:24
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