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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 2:1

And when I came to you, brethren, I came not proclaiming the evidence of God with grand reasoning or philosophies;

   
RF CO1 2:2 for I decided to know nothing among you, except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
   
RF CO1 2:3 And I came to you with weakness, and fear, and great timidity.
   
RF CO1 2:4 And my thoughts and my language were not clothed in captivating philosophical phraseology; but in demonstrated spirit and power,
   
RF CO1 2:5 so that your faith might not be in human philosophy, but in Divine power.
   
RF CO1 2:6 But we can speak philosophy among the perfect; but a philosophy not of this age, nor of the useless leaders of this time.
   
RF CO1 2:7 We speak, instead, a Divine philosophy in the hidden mystery which God ordained before the ages for our rectification,
   
RF CO1 2:8 which none of the leaders of this age recognized; for if they had recognized, they would not have crucified the Master of that rectification.
   
RF CO1 2:9 But as it is written: WHAT EYE HAD NOT SEEN, AND EAR HAD NOT HEARD, AND WHAT HAD NOT ENTERED INTO THE HUMAN HEART, GOD HAD PREPARED FOR THOSE LOVING HIM.1
   
RF CO1 2:10 But God has revealed it to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit investigates all, even the high purposes of God.
   
RF CO1 2:11 For what comprehends the human faculties, except the indwelling human soul? and thus none comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
   
RF CO1 2:12 And we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit proceeding from God; so that we can distinguish the gifts God has granted to us.
   
RF CO1 2:13 And what we speak is not in learned reasoning's of a human philosophy; but by spiritual teachings, comparing spiritualties spiritually.—
   
RF CO1 2:14 But a brutish man does not entertain the thoughts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he is not able to decide upon them, because they are spiritually investigated.
   
RF CO1 2:15 But the spiritual man investigates all, whilst HE can be criticized by no one.
   
RF CO1 2:16 FOR WHO KNEW THE MIND OF THE LORD? WHO COULD HAVE TAUGHT HIM?2 However, we possess the mind of Christ.
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1. Isa 64:4
2. Isa 40: 13
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