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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 GAL 3:1

Faith Contrasted with the Law.
Silly Galatians! who has fascinated you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was plainly depicted, crucified?

   
RF GAL 3:2 I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit from a law of rituals, or from communication of a faith?
   
RF GAL 3:3 Are you so senseless, that having begun spiritually, you would now end in flesh?
   
RF GAL 3:4 Have you suffered so much for nothing?—if it is really for nothing!
   
RF GAL 3:5 Then did He Who brought the Spirit to you, and worked powerfully in you, do so by a law of rituals, or by communication of a faith!
   
RF GAL 3:6 as ABRAHAM TRUSTED IN GOD, AND IT WAS PAID TO HIM IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.1
   
RF GAL 3:7 Therefore, you should know that these from faith are themselves sons of Abraham.
   
RF GAL 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would make the heathen righteous by means of a faith promised from the first to Abraham, that ALL THE HEATHEN SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU.2
   
RF GAL 3:9 So those from a faith are blessed with the faith of Abraham.
   
RF GAL 3:10 For whoever are dependent on a law of rituals, are under a curse; for it is written, THAT ALL WHO DO NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THE WRITINGS OF THE BOOK OF THE LAW TO DO THEM, ARE UNDER A CURSE.3
   
RF GAL 3:11 But it is clear that none in law are righteous with God; because, THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.4
   
RF GAL 3:12 But the ritual did not come from faith; on the contrary, THE PERFORMER OF THEM MUST LIVE IN THEM.5
   
RF GAL 3:13 Christ purchased us from the curse of the law, becoming a curse for us; for it is written: CURSED BEYOND MEASURE IS ANY ONE HANGING UPON A TREE;6
   
RF GAL 3:14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the heathen by Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
   
RF GAL 3:15 Brothers, (I speak humanly) even a testament made by a man, no one sets aside or adds to.
   
RF GAL 3:16 And to Abraham and to his heir the promises were decreed. He does not say, "and to your heirs," as of many; but concerning an individual, "and to your Heir," Who is Christ.
   
RF GAL 3:17 And I assert this—the rituals, beginning four hundred and thirty years after, could not cancel a Settlement previously established by God, so as to abolish the promise.
   
RF GAL 3:18 For if the inheritance comes from a ritual, it is no more from a promise; yet God granted it to Abraham through a promise.
   
RF GAL 3:19 Why, then, the law? It was established because of sins, until the Heir should come in Whom were the promises—arranged through messengers in the hand of as intermediary.
   
RF GAL 3:20 But an intermediary between a single individual cannot be—but God is One.
   
RF GAL 3:21 Is the law therefore contrary to the promises? Never! Yet if to a law were given the power to restore to life, righteousness would then be from a law.
   
RF GAL 3:22 But the Scripture includes all sinners, so that the promise from a faith of Jesus Christ might be given to all believers.
   
RF GAL 3:23 But before the faith came, we were anchored, sheltered under a law, until the revelation of that future faith.
   
RF GAL 3:24 So that the law became a leader of our childhood to Christ, in order that we might be made righteous from faith.
   
RF GAL 3:25 But the faith having come, we are no longer under the leader of our childhood.
   
RF GAL 3:26 For you are all sons of God through the faith in Christ Jesus.
   
RF GAL 3:27 For whoever of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
   
RF GAL 3:28 Not one a Jew and another a Greek: nor one a slave and another free; nor one male and another female: for you all are united in Christ Jesus.
   
RF GAL 3:29 But if you are of Christ, then you are of Abraham's race, inheritors by the promise.
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1. Gen 15:6
2. Gen 12:3; Gen 18:18
3. Deut 27:26
4. Hab 2:4
5. Lev 28:5
6. Deut 21:23
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