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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 2:1

The Believer's Position in Christ.
And you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

   
RF EPH 2:2 in which you then walked, following this age of the world, under the authority of the prince of darkness, of the spirit of him now working in the sons of carelessness;
   
RF EPH 2:3 with whom also we all then associated, in the lusts of our sensuality, practicing the desires of the flesh and of the mind; for we were naturally children of passion, like the rest.
   
RF EPH 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, through His great love with which He loved us,
   
RF EPH 2:5 even when we were dead through transgressions, restored us to life with Christ—you are saved by a gift
   
RF EPH 2:6 and raised us together, and seated us together in the heavens with Christ Jesus;
   
RF EPH 2:7 so that He might show to the coming ages the surpassing richness of His gift, with which He had benefited us in Christ Jesus.
   
RF EPH 2:8 For you are saved by a gift through a faith, and this is not from yourselves
   
RF EPH 2:9 The gift is from God; not from rituals, so that none can boast.
   
RF EPH 2:10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, in which God has decided that we should live.
   
RF EPH 2:11 Therefore remember, that then you were, personally, the heathen—who are called Uncircumcision by those called Circumcision in flesh made by hand
   
RF EPH 2:12 you were at that time without Christ, excluded from the constitution of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, not having a hope, and without a God in the universe.
   
RF EPH 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus, you, who then were far away, have become near by the blood of Christ.
   
RF EPH 2:14 For He is our peace, Who made the two one, and removed the dividing veil of enmity,
   
RF EPH 2:15 by His own body; making void the law of commands by true thoughts, so that from these two He might create in Himself one single new man,
   
RF EPH 2:16 making peace, and reconciling the two in one body to God through His Cross; having destroyed the enmity by means of Himself:
   
RF EPH 2:17 and coming, HE ANNOUNCED THE GOOD NEWS OF PEACE TO YOU AFAR OFF, AND PEACE TO THOSE NEAR;1
   
RF EPH 2:18 Because through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
   
RF EPH 2:19 Therefore now you are no more foreigners and aliens: on the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and household friends of God.;
   
RF EPH 2:20 so resting upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being Himself the Angle-stone
   
RF EPH 2:21 into which the structure, harmoniously arranged, rises up into a holy temple for the Lord;
   
RF EPH 2:22 and into Whom you are being built for a dwelling-place of God in Spirit.
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1. Isa 57:19
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