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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 5:1

For we know that even if our terrestrial home of this tent should be removed, we possess a home, a building from God, not made by hand, eternal in the heavens!

   
RF CO2 5:2 And, indeed, we groan in this, longing to be endowed with our little cottage from heaven.
   
RF CO2 5:3 And if we are endowed, we shall not be found shelterless.
   
RF CO2 5:4 And, indeed, we, while loaded in this tent, groan; yet we do not wish to be stripped of it, but to be endowed, so that this mortality may be swallowed up by that life.
   
RF CO2 5:5 But He Who enables us to work for this purpose is God, Who gave us the pledge of the Spirit.
   
RF CO2 5:6 Therefore we everywhere cheer ourselves; and know that while at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.
   
RF CO2 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
   
RF CO2 5:8 So we take heart, although we would choose to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
   
RF CO2 5:9 And, besides, we are desirous, whether present or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
   
RF CO2 5:10 For we must all be reviewed before the Judgment-seat of Christ, so that each may receive the reward of what he has done in this body, whether good or bad.
   
RF CO2 5:11 Consequently, knowing how to reverence the Lord, we persuade men—that we may shine forth to God; and I hope we shine forth also to your consciences.
   
RF CO2 5:12 We are not commending ourselves again to you; but rather giving to you an opportunity of boasting about us, that you may hold against those boasting in appearance and not in heart.
   
RF CO2 5:13 For if we are mad, it is for God; if we are rational, it is for you:
   
RF CO2 5:14 for the love of Christ sustains us, deciding us, that One died for all, therefore all died.
   
RF CO2 5:15 And He died for all, so that the living should no longer live for themselves; but instead, for Him Who died for them, and rose again.
   
RF CO2 5:16 Therefore, from the present time, we regard none according to social position; and although we knew Christ personally, yet now we know Him so no longer.
   
RF CO2 5:17 So that, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, for all things have become new.
   
RF CO2 5:18 But the whole is from God, Who collected us to Himself through Christ, and gave to us the office of collecting;
   
RF CO2 5:19 since God was in Christ collecting again the whole world to Himself, not reckoning up their sins against them: and he deposited with us the reason of that restoration.
   
RF CO2 5:20 Therefore we fulfil an embassy from Christ; as though God invited through us, we implore you for Christ's sake, be gathered again to God!
   
RF CO2 5:21 He Who never knew sin, for our sakes was regarded as sin, so that we might be righteousness towards God in Him.
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