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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 8:1

Collections for the Poor.
But now I will inform you, brethren, of the gift of God bestowed upon the assemblies of Macedonia;

   
RF CO2 8:2 because of the overflow of their kindness which, during a great trial of affliction, and notwithstanding their very deep poverty, has poured out in the wealth of their generosity;
   
RF CO2 8:3 so that according to their ability—and I give evidence beyond their ability—they volunteered.
   
RF CO2 8:4 With much urgency they begged of us to convey the gift, and undertake the distribution of it to the saints.
   
RF CO2 8:5 And not that we had expected it; but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
   
RF CO2 8:6 We therefore encouraged Titus that as he had begun, he should also finish concerning your contribution.
   
RF CO2 8:7 However, as you excel in everything—in faith, and reason, and knowledge, and in all readiness, and in your love toward us—so also you might excel in this contribution.
   
RF CO2 8:8 I do not speak imperatively; but by relating the readiness of others, want a genuine proof of your friendship.
   
RF CO2 8:9 For you should look upon the beneficence of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, when existing in wealth, impoverished Himself for you, so that you might be enriched by His poverty.
   
RF CO2 8:10 And I give my opinion about this; for it may assist you, who not only originated the work, but also the idea, above a year ago.
   
RF CO2 8:11 And now, then, complete the matter; so that as you had the desire to form it, you may also complete it according to your means.
   
RF CO2 8:12 For if the desire exists, it is acceptable according to what one may possess; not according to what is not possessed.
   
RF CO2 8:13 Yet assistance to others will not be affliction to yourselves;
   
RF CO2 8:14 but equitably at this present period of your abundance you assist them in their needs: then also from their abundance something will be produced for you when in necessity; so it will be equalized.
   
RF CO2 8:15 As it is written: THOSE HAVING MUCH WERE NOT OVER-FED; AND THOSE HAVING LITTLE WERE NOT STARVED.1
   
RF CO2 8:16 But thank God, Who gave the same earnestness to the heart of Titus for you.
   
RF CO2 8:17 He gladly accepted it, and, impatient to begin, he started to you voluntarily,
   
RF CO2 8:18 But we have sent with him the brother who is admired for preaching the gospel through all the assemblies.
   
RF CO2 8:19 And not that only; but he was also selected by the assemblies as our fellow-traveler, to attend to this benevolence, for the honour of the Lord, and by our desire.
   
RF CO2 8:20 I steer in this way, lest any one should slander us for our excessive activity in this affair;
   
RF CO2 8:21 taking care to stand well, not only before the Lord, but also before men.
   
RF CO2 8:22 And we have sent together with them our brother, whom we have always found to be active, but at present much more earnest by the great confidence he has in you.
   
RF CO2 8:23 As for Titus, he is my friend and fellow-worker among you; and our brothers are messengers from the assemblies approved of Christ.
   
RF CO2 8:24 You should therefore show to them the proof of your love, and of our pride concerning you in the presence of all the assemblies.
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1. Exod 16:18
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