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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 4:1 Therefore, having this service, since we have received it we have not been cowardly.
   
RF CO2 4:2 But have renounced the secret dealings of shame, not wandering in villainy, nor cheating the intention of God; but with the openness of the truth establishing ourselves with all manly consciousness before God.
   
RF CO2 4:3 And if our good news is veiled, it is veiled to the perishing;
   
RF CO2 4:4 in whom the god of this age has darkened the thoughts with unbelief, so that they cannot perceive the light of the Gospel of rectification from Christ, Who is a resemblance of God.
   
RF CO2 4:5 For we have not preached ourselves; but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus.
   
RF CO2 4:6 When God spoke, from darkness light shone; which has shone in our hearts, to enlighten the knowledge of the rectification of God, face to face with Christ.1
   
RF CO2 4:7 But we possess this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the grandeur of the power may be from God, and not from us:
   
RF CO2 4:8 who are in all places pressed upon, but not overpowered; at a loss, but not despairing;
   
RF CO2 4:9 driven on, but not forsaken; repulsed, but not exterminated;
   
RF CO2 4:10 everywhere carrying about the dying of Jesus in the body, so that in our body the life of Jesus may be displayed.
   
RF CO2 4:11 We are always living for death, surrendered for the sake of Jesus; so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our mortal bodies:
   
RF CO2 4:12 consequently, His death energizes in us, but His life in you.
   
RF CO2 4:13 And possessing the same spirit of faith as he who wrote, I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE2; we also believe, and consequently speak,
   
RF CO2 4:14 knowing that He Who raised Jesus will also raise us with Jesus, and present us with you.
   
RF CO2 4:15 For all is for your sakes, so that the perfected gift may overflow from the grateful multitude to the honour of God.
   
RF CO2 4:16 We do not therefore act like cowards; but even if our outward man is exhausted, yet our inward is renewed day by day.
   
RF CO2 4:17 For the fleeting trifle of our sufferings will acquire to us, in an immeasurable eternity, an unsurpassed load of glory;
   
RF CO2 4:18 we not looking at the seen, but at the unseen: for the seen is temporary, but the unseen eternal.
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1. John 1:5
2. Psa 116:10
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