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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 14:1

Follow after friendship; but earnestly desire mental powers, and especially those enabling you to instruct.

   
RF CO1 14:2 For the speaker in a foreign language does not speak to men, but to God. When no one understands it, he speaks mysteries to the mind;
   
RF CO1 14:3 but the preacher can utter edification, and consolation, and encouragement to men.
   
RF CO1 14:4 The linguist instructs himself; but the preacher instructs the assembly.
   
RF CO1 14:5 And I wish you were all linguists; but I would rather that you might all be preachers: for the preacher is greater than the linguist, unless someone translate, so that the assembly may receive instruction.
   
RF CO1 14:6 And now, brothers, if I should come to you speaking foreign languages, of what use should I be to you, unless I should address you either concerning revelation, or science, or in a sermon, or an instruction?
   
RF CO1 14:7 Even a lifeless thing that gives a sound, as a flute or harp, unless it produced a distinction by its notes, how would it be known what is played or harped?
   
RF CO1 14:8 And if a trumpet should give an unknown sound, who would prepare for battle?
   
RF CO1 14:9 And so you, also, with your languages, unless you produce an intelligible speech, how can it be known what is spoken? for you would be talking to the wind.
   
RF CO1 14:10 There are of course many different languages in the world, and none meaningless.
   
RF CO1 14:11 However, if I should not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker a foreigner to me.
   
RF CO1 14:12 And so you, when you desire to be intellectual, you should try to proceed so as to promote the edification of the assembly.
   
RF CO1 14:13 The speaker in a foreign language should therefore desire that it may be translated.
   
RF CO1 14:14 For if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit is praying, but my meaning is unintelligible.
   
RF CO1 14:15 What is it, then? I may pray with the spirit, but I ought to pray with the understanding as well; I may sing with the spirit, but I ought also to sing with the understanding.
   
RF CO1 14:16 If you only give thanks with the spirit, how can one of an uneducated condition express his assent with your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you say?
   
RF CO1 14:17 For you indeed may give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
   
RF CO1 14:18 I thank God I am a better linguist than all of you;
   
RF CO1 14:19 but I would rather for myself speak in the assembly five words intelligibly, so as to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a foreign language.
   
RF CO1 14:20 Brothers, do not become childish in thought; on the contrary, be childlike concerning wickedness, but in thought be manly.
   
RF CO1 14:21 It is written in the law: I WILL SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE IN FOREIGN TONGUES AND WITH STRANGE LIPS, AND THEN THEY WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND ME, 1 says the Lord.
   
RF CO1 14:22 Consequently, languages are for a warning: not to the believers, but for the unbelievers; but preaching is not to the unbelievers, but for the believers.
   
RF CO1 14:23 Therefore, if the assembly should come together solely for this, and all should speak foreign tongues, and uneducated or unbelieving persons should enter, would they not imagine you were mad?
   
RF CO1 14:24 But if all could preach, and any unbeliever or uneducated were to enter, he would be instructed by all; convinced by everything;
   
RF CO1 14:25 the secrets of his heart would become clear: and then, falling down upon his face, he would pay homage to God, announcing that THE LIVING GOD IS AMONG YOU.2
   
RF CO1 14:26 What then is it, brethren? If when you meet, each of you has a hymn, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a language, has as explanation, let all be for education.
   
RF CO1 14:27 If any one speaks in a foreign language, let it be only two, or at most only three, and in turn; and let one translate.
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1. Isa 27:11-12
2. Isa 55:14
   
RF CO1 14:28 And if there is not a translator, let him be silent in meeting, since he can speak to himself and to God.
   
RF CO1 14:29 Only two or three preachers may speak, and the others should reflect.
   
RF CO1 14:30 But if something is suggested to another sitting still, let the first conclude;
   
RF CO1 14:31 for, one by one, you can all speak, so that all may instruct and all encourage.
   
RF CO1 14:32 And the spirits of preachers are regulated by the preachers;
   
RF CO1 14:33 for God is not disturbance, but peace in all the assemblies of the saints. Let your women keep silent in the assemblies; for it is not permitted to them to speak.
   
RF CO1 14:34 On the contrary, they should be obedient, as stated in the law.
   
RF CO1 14:35 But if any wish to learn, they should ask their husbands in their own homes; for it is scandalous for women to speak in an assembly.
   
RF CO1 14:36 Did the purpose of God proceed from you? Or was it only received by you?
   
RF CO1 14:37 If any one imagine himself to be an orator, or inspired, he should recognize what I write to you, that it is an order of the Lord.
   
RF CO1 14:38 But if any disregards it, let him disregard it.
   
RF CO1 14:39 Consequently, brothers, desire the talent for oratory, and do not prohibit speaking in foreign languages.
   
RF CO1 14:40 But let everything be decorous and orderly.
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