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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 13:1

I am coming this third time to you; on the evidence of two or three wit- nesses every fact can be confirmed.

   
RF CO2 13:2 I said before, and I proclaim it again—as though present—the second time, though I am absent now to those sinners, and to all the rest, that when I come again I shall not spare;
   
RF CO2 13:3 since you want a proof of Christ speaking in me, Who is not weak in you, but powerful among you.
   
RF CO2 13:4 For even if He was crucified through weakness, He lives now from a Divine power; although we are weak in Him, yet we shall live in Him with Divine power for your sakes.
   
RF CO2 13:5 Test yourselves if you are in the faith; examine yourselves if you cannot recognize that Jesus Christ is among you. But perhaps you never inquire.
   
RF CO2 13:6 Yet I hope that you acknowledge that we are not uninquiring.
   
RF CO2 13:7 But I pray to God not to do you any harm; not so that we may appear superior, but so that you may do right. And we will be uninquisitive then;
   
RF CO2 13:8 for we are not empowered to do anything against the truth, but for the truth.
   
RF CO2 13:9 However, we are glad when we can be weak and you powerful, and we pray for this—your perfection.
   
RF CO2 13:10 Therefore I write this while absent, so that when present I may not employ severity in accordance with the authority which the Lord has given to me, for construction and not for destruction.
   
RF CO2 13:11 For the rest, brothers, be happy; perfect yourselves, encourage yourselves, desire the same object; live at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
   
RF CO2 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
   
RF CO2 13:13 All the holy send regards to you.
   
RF CO2 13:14 The blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.
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Note—The two Epistles to the Corinthians present St. Paul to us as a Statesman and Social Organizer of the highest ability, and of the clearest common sense. He would seem to have been accused of teaching a Code of Morality too high for practical life, but in reply he calmly enacts Laws for the conduct of Christians, that, while easy to obey, do not make obedience a slavery, or a struggle against the natural necessities of mankind, but instead will make existence pleasant, healthful, virtuous, and consequently happy. They have no asceticism, or prohibition of any innocent pleasure, but encourage bodily and mental comfort in every way, and enforce the principles of Duty, Justice and Mercy, and the equality in moral accountability to God of rich and poor alike, and the mutual duties of every class of Society to each other, and that without any revolution—any assault upon existing social systems and legal rights, but showing how the worst conditions of the hideously corrupt morality and laws of his day could be reformed without any resort to political violence, and to the especial benefit of the followers of Christ. I am not aware that St. Paul has been ever before studied in this position of a Legislator, but as such his influence has re-organized the Civilized World.—F.F.
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