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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 3:1

Yet, brothers, I am not able to speak to you as to spiritual men; but as to animal—as to infants in Christ.

   
RF CO1 3:2 I gave you milk to drink: not solid food, for you were not able, nor are you yet able, to eat it; for you are animal still.
   
RF CO1 3:3 For when there is rage and strife and dissensions among you, are you not rather like animals, than conducting yourselves like men?
   
RF CO1 3:4 While one declares, "I am for Paul," and another, "I am for Apollos," are you not merely man-followers?
   
RF CO1 3:5 What, then, is Apollos? and what is Paul?—ministers by whom you believed, and each endowed as the Lord decided.
   
RF CO1 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered; but God prospered it.
   
RF CO1 3:7 Consequently, the planter is nothing, nor the waterer; but God Who prospered it.
   
RF CO1 3:8 Yet the planter and the waterer are equal; and each will receive his own pay, according to his own work
   
RF CO1 3:9 for we are both God's workmen. You are God's farm —God's building.
   
RF CO1 3:10 I laid the foundation like a skilful architect, according to the talent given to me, and another built: but let every one take care how he builds;
   
RF CO1 3:11 for none can lay a different foundation to what is laid, that is, Jesus Christ.
   
RF CO1 3:12 But if any one builds upon this foundation gold, and silver, costly stones, wood, hay, straw
   
RF CO1 3:13 the work of each will be made known: for the day will show it when it is revealed by fire; and what the work of each is, the fire will prove.
   
RF CO1 3:14 If one man's work stands, he will receive pay.
   
RF CO1 3:15 If the work of another be burnt up, it will be lost; but he shall be saved, although as from a fire.
   
RF CO1 3:16 Do you not know that you are a Divine temple, and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
   
RF CO1 3:17 If any one corrupts the temple of God, God will waste him away: for the temple of God is holy; whatever you may be.
   
RF CO1 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If any among you thinks himself to be wise in this age, let him become a fool, so that he may become a philosopher.
   
RF CO1 3:19 For the philosophy of this world is folly compared to God. For it is written:
HE CATCHES THE PHILOSOPHERS IN THEIR OWN CRAFT.1
   
RF CO1 3:20 And again:
THE LORD KNOWS THE ARGUMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHERS, THAT THEY ARE EMPTY.2
   
RF CO1 3:21 So then let none boast about men; for all are yours—
   
RF CO1 3:22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or a ritual; or life, or death, or present, Or future, all are yours.
   
RF CO1 3:23 but you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
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1. Job 5.15
2. Psa 94:11
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