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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 4:1 Let a man regard us as being servants of Christ, and administrators of the mysteries of God;
   
RF CO1 4:2 and for the rest, it is sought in administrators that each should be found faithful.
   
RF CO1 4:3 But for myself, it is quite indifferent whether I am criticized by you, or under any human indictment. Neither, on the contrary, do I criticize my own self;
   
RF CO1 4:4 though I am conscious of nothing against myself. However, I am not acquitted on account of that; but the Lord is my judge.
   
RF CO1 4:5 Therefore, do not decide before the time, until the Lord comes, Who also will throw light upon the concealments of darkness, and will show the intentions of our hearts; and then the commendation will come to each from God.
   
RF CO1 4:6 But I have transferred these remarks to myself, and Apollos, brothers, for your sakes; so that you might learn by us not to go beyond what is recorded, nor to be puffing up one against another.
   
RF CO1 4:7 For what ennobled you? and what have you that you have not received as a gift? And if you accepted it, why should you boast as if you had not received it?
   
RF CO1 4:8 You are satiated now, you are wealthy now, you reign without us! Indeed, I wish you did reign, so that we also might reign with you.
   
RF CO1 4:9 For I fancy God has exposed us apostles as death-doomed, so that we may become an exhibition to the world, both to angels and to men.
   
RF CO1 4:10 We are fools through Christ—but you are wise in Christ; we are feeble—but you mighty; you are in honour—but we in contempt.
   
RF CO1 4:11 Even until now, at the present hour, we both hunger and thirst, and are stripped and flogged, and homeless;
   
RF CO1 4:12 and we labour, working at our own expense. Being cursed, we bless; persecuted, we give support;
   
RF CO1 4:13 abused, we give consolation; we are become like outcasts of the world; refused by all—even until now!
   
RF CO1 4:14 I do not write thus reproaching you; on the contrary, I wish to correct you, as my dear children.
   
RF CO1 4:15 For if you should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you have not many fathers in Christ; for I begot you in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
   
RF CO1 4:16 Therefore I advise you to become imitators of me.
   
RF CO1 4:17 For this purpose I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord; who will remind you what my ways are in Christ, and how I teach everywhere in every assembly.
   
RF CO1 4:18 However, as some may be elated at my failing to come to you,
   
RF CO1 4:19 I will come soon, if the Lord will permit. And I will know not the talk of the boastful, but the power;
   
RF CO1 4:20 for the Kingdom of God is not in talk, but in power.
   
RF CO1 4:21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with a loving and gentle spirit?
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