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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 15:1

The Doctrine of the Resurrection.
I now declare to you, brothers, the gospel which I imparted to you, which you also accepted, in which you also stand,

RF CO1 15:2 and by which you will be saved; I preached it to you with this object, if you grasp it—unless you have relied upon a phantom.
RF CO1 15:3 For I delivered to you, in the first place, what I had also received—that Christ died because Of our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures.
RF CO1 15:4 That He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures.
RF CO1 15:5 That He was seen by Cephas, afterwards by the twelve:
RF CO1 15:6 and after that He appeared openly to five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater number remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
RF CO1 15:7 after that He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
RF CO1 15:8 But last of them all, as if to a laggard, He appeared also to me.
RF CO1 15:9 For I am the most insignificant of the apostles; who am not worthy to be called an apostle. because I persecuted the church of God:
RF CO1 15:10 but, thank God, I am what I am. And the gift of Him, which is in me, has not been useless; on the contrary, I have accomplished more than the whole of them: yet not I myself, but the gift of God that is with me.
RF CO1 15:11 However, whether I, or whether they, we preached this, and you believed it.
RF CO1 15:12 But if it was preached that Christ was raised from the dead, how can some among you say that a resurrection from the dead does not exist?
RF CO1 15:13 But if there is not a resurrection from death, even Christ could not have been raised.
RF CO1 15:14 Yet if Christ has not been raised, then loth our preaching is worthless, and your faith is worthless as well.
RF CO1 15:15 And we should also be found false witnesses concerning God; because we gave evidence respecting God that He raised the Messiah—Whom He did not raise, if indeed the dead rise not.
RF CO1 15:16 For if the dead do not rise, Christ never arose;
RF CO1 15:17 but if Christ did not rise, then your faith is a folly, you are yet in your sins:
RF CO1 15:18 and then the sleepers in Christ have been lost.
RF CO1 15:19 If in this life only we are hopeful in Christ, we are the most wretched of all men.
RF CO1 15:20 But the fact is, Christ has been raised from the dead, a Fore-runner of the sleepers.
RF CO1 15:21 For since by man death exists, by man a resurrection from death also exists.
RF CO1 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be revived.
RF CO1 15:23 But each in his own own order. Christ a Fore-runner, then those in Christ at His appearing.
RF CO1 15:24 Then will be the perfection, when He delivers up the Kingdom to the God and Father, after He has destroyed every dominion, and every authority and power:
RF CO1 15:25 for He must reign until HE CAN PUT ALL THESE ENEMIES UNDER His FEET.1
RF CO1 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is Death.
RF CO1 15:27 For HE WILL SUBDUE ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET. 2 But when He said, 'All are to be subdued," it is clear that He excepts Him Who subdued all things to Him.
RF CO1 15:28 But when He has subjugated all to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to Him Who subdued all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
RF CO1 15:29 Then what do they obtain—the baptized for the sake of the dead—if the dead are not absolutely raised? Why then should they be baptized for them?
1. Psa 110:1
2. Psa 8:6
RF CO1 15:30 And why should we run a risk every hour?
RF CO1 15:31 I, who am dying daily through the honour which I have among you from Christ Jesus our Lord—
RF CO1 15:32 though I have fought with wild-beast-like men in Ephesus, what is my gain if the dead do not rise? " "Let us eat and drink, for we may die in the morning."
RF CO1 15:33 Be not misled: vile teachings Corrupt good morals.
RF CO1 15:34 Awake to perfect sobriety, and sin not; for an ignorance of God possesses some. I speak reproving you.
RF CO1 15:35 But some may say: "How are the dead raised? And in what kind of body do they return?"
RF CO1 15:36 Senseless! What you sow does not produce life, unless it arises from its bed.
RF CO1 15:37 And when you sow, you do not sow the body which will be produced, but a naked grain, perhaps of wheat or any other kind,
RF CO1 15:38 and God gives to it a body such as He intended: and to each of the seeds the proper body.
RF CO1 15:39 Indeed, all flesh is not the same kind; but one sort of flesh for men, another flesh for cattle, and another flesh for birds, and another for fish.
RF CO1 15:40 And there are celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies; but the character of the celestial differs, and that of the terrestrial varies.
RF CO1 15:41 The sun has one splendour, and the moon another splendour, and another splendour for stars; for star differs from star in brilliancy:
RF CO1 15:42 and thus also in the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it rises in incorruptibility;
RF CO1 15:43 it is sown in contempt, it rises in splendour; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown as animal body, it is raised a spiritual body.
RF CO1 15:44 If there is an animal body, there is also a spiritual;
RF CO1 15:45 for so it is written, THE FIRST MAN (Adam) WAS A LIVING NATURE, 1 but the last Adam is a Life-producing Spirit.
RF CO1 15:46 However, the spiritual was not first, but the natural: and after it the spiritual.
RF CO1 15:47 The first man from out of the earth; the second Man from out of heaven.
RF CO1 15:48 As the earthly was, such are the earthly still; and what the celestial was, the heavenly will be.
RF CO1 15:49 And as we resembled the earthly, we shall also resemble the heavenly.
RF CO1 15:50 But I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood are not able to inherit a Divine Kingdom; neither the perishable to inherit the imperishable.
1. Gen 2:7
RF CO1 15:51 Listen! I tell you a secret: we shall certainly not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
RF CO1 15:52 in a moment, in an eye's glance, at the last trumpet-call; for it will be sounded, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
RF CO1 15:53 For this perishable must be endowed with imperishability, and this mortal must be endowed with immortality.
RF CO1 15:54 And when this corruptible has been endowed with incorruptibility, then will arrive the written declaration: DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.
RF CO1 15:56 For sin is the sting of death, and the force of sin the law.
RF CO1 15:57 But thanks be to God, Who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
RF CO1 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, be firm, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; knowing that your work in the Lord is not futile.
1. Hosea 13:14

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