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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 8:1

On Idol Offerings.
Now, about idol-offerings. We know that we all possess understanding. Understanding makes you vain, but love edifies.

RF CO1 8:2 If any one fancies he knows a little, he never knows anything as it ought to be comprehended;
RF CO1 8:3 but if any one loves God, he is instructed by Him.
RF CO1 8:4 Therefore, about the eating of idol-offerings, we know that an idol is nothing in creation and besides that, there is no God but one.
RF CO1 8:5 For although there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or upon earth—as there are many gods, and many demigods—
RF CO1 8:6 yet to us there is but one God, the Father, from Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we through Him.
RF CO1 8:7 However, this knowledge is not in all; but some, with the conscience, even now eat as though sacrificing to the idol, and their conscience being weak is corrupted.
RF CO1 8:8 But food in itself does not bring us neater to God; for if we eat we are not better, nor are we the worse if we do not eat.
RF CO1 8:9 However, take care lest this same strength of yours should become a stumbling-block to the weak.
RF CO1 8:10 For if any one should see you, the possessor of comprehension, reclining in an idol-house, would not the conscience of him, being weak, be encouraged to eat for the purpose of idol-worship?
RF CO1 8:11 Then the weak man is utterly lost through your comprehension—the brother for whom Christ died!
RF CO1 8:12 Thus, sinning against the brotherhood, and striking their weak consciences, you sin against Christ.
RF CO1 8:13 Therefore, if food cause my brother to do wrong, I would not eat flesh for ever; so that I may not cause my brother to stumble.

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