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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 11:1 Become imitators of me, as I am also of Christ.
   
RF CO1 11:2 And I thank you, because you are mindful of me in everything; and in what I instructed you, you observe my instructions.
   
RF CO1 11:3 Rules for Conducting Divine Service.
Now I wish you to understand that Christ is the head of every man; but the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
   
RF CO1 11:4 Every man praying or preaching, having the head covered, disgraces his own head;
   
RF CO1 11:5 but every woman praying or preaching with the head unveiled disgraces her own head, for she is like the abandoned shorn woman. For if she is not veiled, then let her be shorn;
   
RF CO1 11:6 but if it is a disgrace to a woman to be shorn or shaved, she should be veiled.
   
RF CO1 11:7 It is not necessary, indeed, for men to be veiled over the head, because they possess a likeness and honour of God; but the woman is man's honour.
   
RF CO1 11:8 For man exists not as derived from woman; on the contrary, woman was derived from man:
   
RF CO1 11:9 because man was not created for the sake of woman, but woman because of the man.
   
RF CO1 11:10 Consequently, the woman ought to have a cover upon the head, on account of the angels.
   
RF CO1 11:11 However, woman is not separate from man, nor man separate from woman in the Lord;
   
RF CO1 11:12 for as the woman was formed out of the man, so the man through the woman: but everything proceeds from God.
   
RF CO1 11:13 On Modesty in Women.
Consider about these yourselves. Is it becoming for a woman to pray to God unveiled?
   
RF CO1 11:14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man should have long tresses it is a dishonor to him?
   
RF CO1 11:15 But if a woman has long tresses, it is an honour to her; because the tresses are given to her for a veil.
   
RF CO1 11:16 If any one assumes to be censorious, neither we nor the assemblies of God know any such custom.1
   
RF CO1 11:17 But I consider this not to be estimable; that you do not meet together for the better, but for the worse.
   
RF CO1 11:18 For, firstly, when you are assembling in congregation, I hear there are differences among you—and I partly believe it:
   
RF CO1 11:19 for it is necessary that you should have parties, so that the approved among you may become known.
   
RF CO1 11:20 However, when you come together by yourselves, you do not do it to partake of a supper dedicated to the Lord;
   
RF CO1 11:21 for each one prepares his own individual meal to eat alone; and one may be hungry, another, again, gorged.
   
RF CO1 11:22 For why? Have you not homes in which to eat and drink? or do you look with contempt upon the assembly of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I approve of you?—I do not approve of you in this.
   
RF CO1 11:23 For I received from the Lord what I delivered to you—that the Lord Jesus, during the night in which He was betrayed, took a loaf,
   
RF CO1 11:24 and having given thanks, broke it, and said, "This is My body, which is for you: do this in remembrance of Me."
   
RF CO1 11:25 And in the same way, after supper, He took the cup, and said, "This cup is the New Settlement in My blood: do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."—
   
RF CO1 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until He returns.
   
RF CO1 11:27 So that whoever may eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be responsible for the body and the blood of the Lord.
   
RF CO1 11:28 But let a man test himself, and thus let him eat from the loaf and drink from the cup;
   
RF CO1 11:29 for the eater or drinker eats condemnation to himself when not distinguishing the body.
   
RF CO1 11:30 Consequently, many among you are weak and sickly, and many are falling asleep.
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1. Note:—Any such custom as allowing women to go unveiled in public, which amongst the Greeks was considered scandalous, and only done by women of bad character.—F.F.
   
RF CO1 11:31 But if we tested ourselves, we should not be condemned; but judged by the Lord,
   
RF CO1 11:32 we are being corrected, so that we may not be condemned together with the world.
   
RF CO1 11:33 Therefore, my brothers, coming together to the festival, entertain one another.
   
RF CO1 11:34 If any one is hungry, let him eat at home; so as not to assemble in an improper manner. And I will arrange the rest when I come.
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