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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 CO2 1:1

Salutation.
PAUL, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through the will of God, and the brother Timothy, to the assembly of God existing in Corinth, with all the saints who are inhabiting all Achaia:

   
RF CO2 1:2 Grace and peace to you from our Father God, and Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF CO2 1:3 Reasons for his Actions Towards them.
I thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and God of all consolation;
   
RF CO2 1:4 Who consoles us in all our affliction, to enable us to console all the afflicted by the same consolation with which we were consoled from God:
   
RF CO2 1:5 so that as the sufferings of Christ overflowed to us, in the same way our consolation flows through Christ.
   
RF CO2 1:6 But when we are grieved, there is a consolation reflecting upon your energetic endurance of the same suffering that we suffer; for our confidence is upon you. We are thus consoled by your having been consoled and saved.
   
RF CO2 1:7 And our hope rests upon you, knowing that as you are participators with our sufferings, thus you will be also with the consolation.
   
RF CO2 1:8 For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, about the affliction which came to us in Asia; where we were excessively loaded beyond our power, so much so that we despaired even of life.
   
RF CO2 1:9 Nay, more, we possessed in our own selves the sentence of death, so that we might not trust upon ourselves, but upon the God Who raises the dead,
   
RF CO2 1:10 Who rescued us from so much of death, and will rescue; on Whom we further confide, that He will still rescue,
   
RF CO2 1:11 you uniting with us to desire it, so that through the prayers of many the gift may be granted through you to us.
   
RF CO2 1:12 For our pride is the exact evidence of our conscience; because with Divine frankness and honesty, not with worldly philosophy, but in accordance with a Divine gift, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially among you.
   
RF CO2 1:13 For we have not written differently to you from what you know and what you acknowledge; and I hope, also, that you will acknowledge until perfect.
   
RF CO2 1:14 And as you have partially acknowledged that we are your pride, so you are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
   
RF CO2 1:15 And with this confidence we intended to come to you before, so that you might have a second pleasure;
   
RF CO2 1:16 and by way of you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to return to you, and to be sent by you to Judea.
   
RF CO2 1:17 Then did I decide with fickleness, when I intended this? or what I decided, did I decide it capriciously, so that there should be the "yes," and "no," with me?
   
RF CO2 1:18 But, true God, I know that our object towards you is not " yes," and " no."
   
RF CO2 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ—Who was preached among you by us, by me, and Silvanus, and Timotheus—has not been " yes " and "no;" on the contrary, it has become sure in Him.
   
RF CO2 1:20 For whatever was promised from God in Him is " the yes," and in Him " the certainty," for the honour of God, by our means.
   
RF CO2 1:21 And He Who supports us with you in Christ, and sanctifies us, is God; and He attested us, and
   
RF CO2 1:22 gave the pledge of the Spirit to our hearts.
   
RF CO2 1:23 And I can call upon God to give evidence to my life, that I never came into Corinth shrinking from you;
   
RF CO2 1:24 not that we dominate your faith, although we are partners in your pleasure; for you stand by faith.
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