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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 9:1

Paul's Personal Defence.
Am I not a free man? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you not my work in the Lord?

   
RF CO1 9:2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet I am certainly so to you; for you are the stamp of my apostleship from the Lord.
   
RF CO1 9:3 My defence to my accusers is this:
   
RF CO1 9:4 Whether or no have we a right to eat and drink?
   
RF CO1 9:5 Whether or no have we a right to travel with a Christian wife —like the rest of the apostles, and the Lord's brothers, and Cephas?
   
RF CO1 9:6 Or I and Barnabas alone—have we no right at all, except to work?
   
RF CO1 9:7 Who campaigns at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard, and does not eat of its produce? Who feeds cattle and does not consume the milk of the cattle?
   
RF CO1 9:8 I do not say this humanly; does not the Law also say the same?
   
RF CO1 9:9 For in the law of Moses it is written: You SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE THRESHING BULLOCK. 1 Bullocks are an object of care with God.
   
RF CO1 9:10 But he speaks for us also, he wrote for us as well; because the ploughman ought to plough in hope, and the thresher ought to share in the hope.
   
RF CO1 9:11 If we have sown spiritually for you, is it much if we reap the necessaries of life with you?
   
RF CO1 9:12 If others exercise this right to be paid by you, how much more can we! But we have not used this right; on the contrary, we went short Of everything, in order that we might not give trouble to any one on account of the gospel of Christ.
   
RF CO1 9:13 Do you not know that those serving the temple eat from the temple? that those devoted to the altar are maintained from the altar?
   
RF CO1 9:14 And so the Lord ordained to the preachers of the gospel, that they should live out of the gospel.
   
RF CO1 9:15 But I have availed myself of none of these; nor have I written this so that it might be done thus to myself: for better to me to die rather than that any one should destroy my boast in that manner.
   
RF CO1 9:16 For if I am preaching the gospel, it is no credit to me: rather a necessity is laid upon me; because it is a punishment for me if I am not preaching the gospel.
   
RF CO1 9:17 Yet if I do this willingly, I have a reward; if unwillingly, I have been entrusted with an office.
   
RF CO1 9:18 What are my wages then? That preaching without pay, I lay a foundation for the gospel; while none can deprive me of the power which that gospel gives me.
   
RF CO1 9:19 For being free from all, I have enslaved myself to all, so that I might benefit the greatest possible number.
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1. Deut 25:4
   
RF CO1 9:20 And I became like a Jew to the Jews, so that I might benefit the Jews; to those under a law as though under a law, so that I might benefit these under a law;
   
RF CO1 9:21 to those not possessing a law as though not possessing a law—not, however, being without a Divine law; but, on the contrary, under a law of Christ—so that I might gain those not possessing a law.
   
RF CO1 9:22 To the weak I became as weak, so that I might gain the weak. To all these I adapted myself, so that I might save some, at all events.
   
RF CO1 9:23 And I do it all for the sake of the good news, so that I may become a participator in it.
   
RF CO1 9:24 Do you not know that the runners on the track all run, but a single one carries off the prize? Thus run; so that you may win it.
   
RF CO1 9:25 And every competitor restrains himself in all things; they, however, so that they may receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
   
RF CO1 9:26 Therefore I run thus; not like a trifler. I strike thus; not as beating wind.
   
RF CO1 9:27 But instead, I train my body and lead a slave's life; for fear that, after having trained others, I myself should be disapproved.
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