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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 12:1

On Spiritual Gifts.
And I do not wish you, brothers, to be ignorant about spiritual gifts.

   
RF CO1 12:2 You know that you were heathen, dragged to speechless idols, as if you were captured:
   
RF CO1 12:3 therefore I inform you that no one speaking with a Divine spirit says, "Curse Jesus;" and no one is able to reply, "Lord Jesus," except by a holy spirit.
   
RF CO1 12:4 And there are different talents, but the same Spirit;
   
RF CO1 12:5 and there are different offices through the same Lord;
   
RF CO1 12:6 and there are different energies, but the same God energizing everything in them all.
   
RF CO1 12:7 And to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for mutual benefit.
   
RF CO1 12:8 For to this man, perhaps, is given through the Spirit philosophic reason; but to another, by means of the same Spirit,
   
RF CO1 12:9 comprehension of thought; and to a different person faith by the same Spirit; while to another gifts of healing by means of the same Spirit;
   
RF CO1 12:10 and to another a genius for government; while to another eloquence; to another discernment of character; and to another a genius for languages; and to another talent for translating languages.—
   
RF CO1 12:11 But the same Spirit energizes all these in the individual, distributing to each person as He considers best.
   
RF CO1 12:12 For although the body is single, yet it has many limbs; but all the many limbs of the body, although individual, are one body: and so is Christ.
   
RF CO1 12:13 For although individual, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or freemen; and we are all drinking of one Spirit.
   
RF CO1 12:14 For indeed the body is not a single organ, but many.
   
RF CO1 12:15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body"—does it therefore not belong to the body?
   
RF CO1 12:16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body "—does it therefore not belong to the body?
   
RF CO1 12:17 If all the body were as eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If all ear, where would be the sense of smell?
   
RF CO1 12:18 But now God has placed the limbs, each one of them, in the body with the best adaptation.
   
RF CO1 12:19 But if the whole were a single organ, where would the body be?
   
RF CO1 12:20 And now there are certainly many members, but a single body.
   
RF CO1 12:21 And the eye is not able to say to the hand," I have no need of you! " nor the head, again, to the feet, "I have no need of you!
   
RF CO1 12:22 "But, instead, there is absolute necessity for the possession of those organs of the body that are considered the weakest;
   
RF CO1 12:23 and what might have been considered the least estimable of the body, we surround with supreme honour.
   
RF CO1 12:24 And our plainest organ has supreme beauty; but our beautiful features have no deficiency, for God has constructed the body, giving supreme honour to the weakest:
   
RF CO1 12:25 so that there might not be dissension in the body, but rather that, instead, the limbs might mutually attend to each other.
   
RF CO1 12:26 And, therefore, if a single limb suffers, all the limbs sympathize with it; if a single organ is pleased, all the faculties feel pleasure with it;
   
RF CO1 12:27 and you are a body for Christ, and participating members.
   
RF CO1 12:28 And God has thus placed in the church: first, apostles; second, preachers; third, teachers; then men of power; then talent for healing, nursing, governing, and ability for languages.
   
RF CO1 12:29 All are not apostles, nor all preachers, nor all teachers.
   
RF CO1 12:30 All are not men of power; all have not a gift for healing; all do not speak languages; all do not translate.
   
RF CO1 12:31 Be desirous of the best gifts; and yet I can direct you to a much better path.
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