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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 6:1

Brotherly Exhortations.
Brethren, if a man among you should fall into some sin, you who are spiritual restore him in a spirit of mildness; looking to yourself, for fear you also should be tempted.

   
RF GAL 6:2 Support one another's burdens, and so perfect the law of Christ.
   
RF GAL 6:3 For if a person thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
   
RF GAL 6:4 But let every one examine his own work, and then he has the boast in himself alone, and not in another;
   
RF GAL 6:5 for every one must carry his own load.
   
RF GAL 6:6 Let the taught communicate to the teacher of the message, in all benefits.
   
RF GAL 6:7 Do not err; God cannot be deluded: for what a man sows, that he will also reap.
   
RF GAL 6:8 If he sows for his sensuality, from that sensuality he will reap perdition; but sowing for the Spirit, from the Spirit he will reap eternal life.
   
RF GAL 6:9 And acting nobly, we shall not suffer; for if we faint not, we shall reap at the right season.
   
RF GAL 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all; but especially to the citizens of the faith.
   
RF GAL 6:11 You see how large a letter I have written to you with my own hand.
   
RF GAL 6:12 Postscript.
Those who wish to show well externally would force you to be circumcised; solely that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
   
RF GAL 6:13 For the circumcisers themselves never observe the ritual; but they wish you to be circumcised, so that they may boast about your body.
   
RF GAL 6:14 But I myself will not become boastful, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which a world was crucified to me, and I to a world.
   
RF GAL 6:15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is.
   
RF GAL 6:16 And as many as discipline themselves by this rule, on them peace and mercy, and on the Israel of God.
   
RF GAL 6:17 But from new let none of them trouble me; for I carry in my body the brand marks of Jesus.
   
RF GAL 6:18 The blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
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(Written to the Galatians, from Rome, about 57 or 58 A.D.)
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