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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 6:1

On Litigation.
Should any of you, having an action against another, ask for a decision before the wicked, and not rather before the holy?

   
RF CO1 6:2 Or do you not know that the holy will judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you incapable of the smallest arbitrations?
   
RF CO1 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels?—then why not business matters?
   
RF CO1 6:4 Therefore, if you should have business affairs requiring arbitrations, should you appear before those who have been denied authority in the assembly?
   
RF CO1 6:5 I speak to shame you, as it seems there is not an intelligent man among you: not even one, who is able to determine a matter between his brothers;
   
RF CO1 6:6 instead, brother is at law with brother, and that, too, before unbelievers
   
RF CO1 6:7 Now, most certainly, it is a deep degradation to you that you have matters for arbitration among yourselves. Why not rather endure to be wronged?
   
RF CO1 6:8 Why not rather be swindled? Instead of which, you do. wrong, and you cheat, and swindle even your brothers.
   
RF CO1 6:9 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Deceive not yourselves; neither profligates, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor depraved, nor sodomites,
   
RF CO1 6:10 nor thieves, nor debauchees, nor drunkards, nor blackguards, nor plunderers, shall ever inherit the Kingdom of God.
   
RF CO1 6:11 And such were some of you: but you have washed yourselves; but you have purified yourselves; but you made yourselves righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.
   
RF CO1 6:12 An Exposure of Sophistry.
(Sophist.) "Everything is allowable to me."
(Paul.) "But everything does not benefit."
(Sophist.) "Everything is permissible to me."
(Paul.) "But I will not be deluded by any person."
   
RF CO1 6:13 (Sophist.) "The foods for the stomach, and the stomach for the foods."
(Paul.) "But God can abolish both it and them. And the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body through the same God.
   
RF CO1 6:14 Who raised up the Lord, and will also restore us through the power of Him.
   
RF CO1 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Then shall I take the members of Christ and make them portions of a harlot?
   
RF CO1 6:16 Never! For do you not know that union with the harlot constitutes one body? For He says: THE TWO SHALL EXIST AS ONE BODY.1
   
RF CO1 6:17 But the union with the Lord is one spirit.
   
RF CO1 6:18 Fly from fornication! Every other sin that a man can do is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against his own constitution.
   
RF CO1 6:19 Or, do you not know that your body is a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit, which you had from God to live in?
   
RF CO1 6:20 And you are not your own: for you were dearly bought; therefore honour God with your body."
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1. Gen 2.24
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