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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 9:1 Further, indeed, it is superfluous for me to write to you about the subscriptions for the saints;
   
RF CO2 9:2 for I know your desire, and I boasted about you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was prepared a year before; and through your zeal many were aroused.
   
RF CO2 9:3 I have accordingly sent the brethren, so that our boast in this instance may not be disproved; and as I said you were prepared, so you might be found;
   
RF CO2 9:4 and lest the Macedonians coming with me should find you unprepared, we—for I will not say, you—should be ashamed in this assertion.
   
RF CO2 9:5 We therefore considered it necessary to advise the brethren, so that they might proceed to you, and secure the previously recorded eulogy of you; yet let this readiness be spontaneous, and not as though extorted.
   
RF CO2 9:6 The sparing sower, however, shall reap sparingly; and the generous sower will also reap plentifully:
   
RF CO2 9:7 as each is incited by his heart, not as though grudgingly, or as if compelled; for God loves a cheerful giver.
   
RF CO2 9:8 And God is able to make every grace overflow in you, so that in everything and at all times, possessing complete content, you may prosper in every benevolent
   
RF CO2 9:9 work; as it is written, HE WINNOWED IT OUT,
HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL ENDURE FOREVER.1
   
RF CO2 9:10 And He who bountifully provides seed to the sower, and bread to the eater, will supply and fill up this your seed, and will increase the product of your righteousness.
   
RF CO2 9:11 In everything you will be enriched with all generosity, which is acquired through gratitude to God.
   
RF CO2 9:12 Because the result of this assistance is not only a supply to the necessities of the holy; but it will also overflow through their great gratitude to God
   
RF CO2 9:13 through their approval of this assistance, thanking God for the alliance of your profession, and the openness of the communion with them, and with all, in the gospel of Christ.
   
RF CO2 9:14 And with their prayer for you, they will feel a strong affection for you, because you have received God's preeminent favour.
   
RF CO2 9:15 Thank God for His unexpected bounty!
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1. Psa 112:9
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