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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 10:1

Paul On His Defence.
And I myself, Paul, advise you, through the gentleness and goodness of Christ, who, when among you, am quiet in appearance, but when absent am bold toward you.

   
RF CO2 10:2 But I wish not to be bold when present, with the determination in which I intend to venture against some who fancy we work for selfish ends;
   
RF CO2 10:3 for although we exist in a body, we do not contend for self.
   
RF CO2 10:4 For the weapons of our campaign are not corporeal: but powers from God, for the purpose of destroying fortresses;
   
RF CO2 10:5 defeating opponents, and every pride exalting itself against the knowledge of God; and subduing every thought to the discipline of the Messiah;
   
RF CO2 10:6 and competent to expel every mutineer, so that your discipline may be perfect.
   
RF CO2 10:7 Do you look at the surface of things? If any one is sure that he is Christ's, let him yet reflect upon this with himself—that as he is Christ's, so are we.
   
RF CO2 10:8 For if, indeed, we boasted excessively about our authority, which the Lord has given to us to build up and not to pull you down, we should not be ashamed of it.
   
RF CO2 10:9 However, I do not think well, as I might, to terrify you by letters;
   
RF CO2 10:10 because they say, "His letters are weighty and strong; but his personal appearance is feeble, and rhetoric powerless."
   
RF CO2 10:11 Such people should consider this: that whatever we are when absent by eloquent letters, we can be the same in action when present.
   
RF CO2 10:12 But we do not dare to compete or compare ourselves with some of those self-praisers; for they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves to themselves, are rather irreflective!
   
RF CO2 10:13 And we are not boasting immeasurably; but within the limits of the commission which God assigned us, when He was planning for you.
   
RF CO2 10:14 For we are not out-stretching ourselves, as though our commission did not extend to you; for we extend as far as yourselves with the gospel of Christ.
   
RF CO2 10:15 We do not boast in exaggeration about other men's work; but we are hoping from the growth of your faith that we shall be promoted from you to go still further,
   
RF CO2 10:16 so as to preach the gospel beyond your bounds, and so as not to boast about a district prepared by another man's commission.
   
RF CO2 10:17 AND THE PROUD SHOULD BE PROUD IN THE LORD;1
   
RF CO2 10:18 for not he who establishes himself is approved, but whom the Lord establishes.
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1. Jer 60:24
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