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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 12:1 But it is useless for me to boast: I will come to visions and revelations from the Lord.
   
RF CO2 12:2 I knew a man in Christ fourteen years ago—whether in a body I do not know, or out of the body, I know not; God knows—he himself was carried up as far as the third heaven.
   
RF CO2 12:3 And I knew this man—whether in a body or out of the body, I know not; God knows—
   
RF CO2 12:4 that he was carried into paradise, and heard unutterable ideas, which it is not possible for a man to relate.
   
RF CO2 12:5 I will boast about that man; but I will not boast about myself, except in my weaknesses.
   
RF CO2 12:6 Yet if I wished to be boastful, I should not be a fool; for I tell the truth. But I forbear, for fear any one should consider me greater than what he sees, or what he hears from me.
   
RF CO2 12:7 And that I might not be made overbearing by the sublimity of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh—a messenger from Satan to correct me, so that I might not be haughty.
   
RF CO2 12:8 I implored the Lord thrice about this, that He would remove it from me;
   
RF CO2 12:9 but He said to me: "My gift is enough for you; for My power is perfected in weakness." Therefore I will boast more pleasantly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
   
RF CO2 12:10 So I am content in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, and oppressions, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
   
RF CO2 12:11 Have I become a fool? You have forced me, and I wish to be set right with you; for I am inferior in nothing to these supercilious apostles, even if I am nothing.
   
RF CO2 12:12 The credentials of the apostle were worked out among you with great patience, through signs, and wonders, and powers.
   
RF CO2 12:13 For in what were you deficient compared with the other assemblies, except that I did not accept payment from you? Forgive me this wrong.
   
RF CO2 12:14 Take note: I have prepared to come to you this third time; and I will not accept your salary, for I want not your property, but yourselves—for the children are not accustomed to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
   
RF CO2 12:15 And I will spend with pleasure, and be exhausted, for the sake of your souls; even if by loving you more I am loved the less.
   
RF CO2 12:16 But perhaps I have not burdened you; but, being a rascal, have taken pay of you by a trick!
   
RF CO2 12:17 When have I plundered you through any of those whom I have sent?
   
RF CO2 12:18 I warned Titus, and I sent the brother with him: did Titus plunder you? Have we not conducted ourselves in the same spirit and in the same course?
   
RF CO2 12:19 Do you think we are apologizing to you again? We speak in the presence of God in Christ; and all, friends, is so for the sake of benefiting you.
   
RF CO2 12:20 For I fear that on coming I may not find you what I wish; and that I myself should be found to you what you wish not. I fear there are contentions, fury, passions, envies, detractions, slanderings, inflations, disturbances.
   
RF CO2 12:21 I fear that at my return my God will hurl me against you, when I shall punish many of the old and unrepentant sinners for the vice, and profligacy, and excess, which they have practiced.
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