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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 EPH 1:1

The Apostle's Salutations.
PAUL, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through the will of God, to the holy and faithful in Christ Jesus existing (at Ephesus):

   
RF EPH 1:2 Blessing to you, and peace from our Father, God, and Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF EPH 1:3 The Fulness in Christ. Let the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed, Who has blest us with every spiritual blessing which is in the heavens with Christ;
   
RF EPH 1:4 since He had chosen us for Himself before founding a system, to be holy and blameless in love before Him:
   
RF EPH 1:5 having prepared us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ
   
RF EPH 1:6 according to His settled purpose, in accordance with His glorious gift which He presented to us from love;
   
RF EPH 1:7 by which we have the redemption through His blood, the release from
   
RF EPH 1:8 sins, coming with the rich gift which He poured into us with all wisdom and,
   
RF EPH 1:9 making known to us the mystery of His intention, with His decision intelligence;
   
RF EPH 1:10 which He had determined with Himself to administer at the completion of the periods, when everything was to be centered again in the Messiah, both upon the heavens and upon the earth: in Him,
   
RF EPH 1:11 by Whom we have also inherited according to His purpose Who foresees and energizes all things, which have been prepared to accomplish the intention of His will;
   
RF EPH 1:12 So that we who formerly awaited the Messiah might be an evidence of His honour.
   
RF EPH 1:13 From Whom you have also heard the true message—the good news of your salvation—and believing in Whom you were sealed with the promise by the Holy Spirit,
   
RF EPH 1:14 Which is the pledge of our inheritance, to be redeemed by the possession of it, as proof of His honor.
   
RF EPH 1:15 Because of which I also, having heard of your fidelity in the Lord Jesus, and love towards all the holy,
   
RF EPH 1:16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
   
RF EPH 1:17 so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom, and comprehension of what is contained in a full knowledge of Him who enlightens the eyes of your hearts:
   
RF EPH 1:18 to show you what is the hope of His calling; what is the glorious wealth of His inheritance for the holy;
   
RF EPH 1:19 and what the exceeding greatness of His power in us believers, through His mighty energy,
   
RF EPH 1:20 which energized in Christ, raising Him from the dead, and seating Him at His right in the heavens,
   
RF EPH 1:21 above all government, authority, and power, and dominion; and every name named, not only in this present age but also in that to come;
   
RF EPH 1:22 and has SUBJECTED EVERYTHING UNDER HIS FEET 1; and has given Him to be head over all the church,
   
RF EPH 1:23 Which is His body, the accomplishment of the whole in absolute perfection.
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1 Psalm 8.6
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