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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 4:1

Exhortations to Godliness.
Therefore I entreat you—I, the prisoner of the Lord—to conduct yourselves worthy of the calling with which you are called,

   
RF EPH 4:2 with all quietness, and gentleness, and forbearance, supporting one another in love;
   
RF EPH 4:3 endeavoring to preserve the spirit of unity by the link of peace.
   
RF EPH 4:4 One body and one spirit, as you were called to a single hope of your calling;
   
RF EPH 4:5 having one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
   
RF EPH 4:6 one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and through all, and in all;
   
RF EPH 4:7 and Who gave to each one of us the gift proportionate to the measure of the free gift of Christ.
   
RF EPH 4:8 For this, He says, HAVING ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE CAPTURED CAPTIVITY, AND GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.1
   
RF EPH 4:9 But Who ascended? Who is He, if not the same Who descended first into the lowest part of the earth?
   
RF EPH 4:10 He Who descended is the very same as He Who ascended above all the heavens, so that He might fill all.
   
RF EPH 4:11 And He gave some, Apostles; some, preachers; some, missionaries; and some, pastors and teachers:
   
RF EPH 4:12 for the training of the holy in useful work, to construct the body of Christ;
   
RF EPH 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the comprehension of the Son of God; to a perfect manhood, to the standard height of the perfection of Christ:
   
RF EPH 4:14 so that we may be no longer raw recruits, wavering and reeling at every breath of the training, by human cunning with villainy, perverting it into an instrument for error;
   
RF EPH 4:15 but, following the truth in love, until we attain the whole in Him, Who is the Head Christ;
   
RF EPH 4:16 from Whom all the body, harmoniously constructed and balanced through every joint of the combination, with proportionate energy in each of its limbs, the body may grow up an edifice in love with itself.
   
RF EPH 4:17 I say this, then, and give evidence in the Lord, so that you may no longer walk as the heathen walk, in the folly of your mind,
   
RF EPH 4:18 with the reason beclouded, being alienated from the Divine life through the ignorance which exists in them, through the degeneracy of their hearts;
   
RF EPH 4:19 Which, having alienated, they recklessly abandoned themselves to excess in practicing depravity.
   
RF EPH 4:20 But you have not so learned Christ.
   
RF EPH 4:21 If, indeed, you have heard Him, and learnt in Him what the truth in Jesus is,
   
RF EPH 4:22 you will strip yourselves from the former conduct—of the corrupt old man, with his deceptive lusts—
   
RF EPH 4:23 and you will be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
   
RF EPH 4:24 and you will be putting on the new Man, the one created God-like in righteousness and holiness for the truth.
   
RF EPH 4:25 Therefore, rejecting falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EVERY ONE WITH HIS NEIGHBOUR2, for we are parts of one another.
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1. Psa 118:8
2. Zech 8:16
   
RF EPH 4:26 BE ANGRY, AND SIN NOT; let not the sun set upon your fury;1
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1. Psa 4:4
   
RF EPH 4:27 neither give opportunity to the Devil.
   
RF EPH 4:28 The thief—let him steal no longer, but rather be industrious; working usefully with his hands, so that he may have something to spare for the necessitous
   
RF EPH 4:29 Let there not come from your mouth any worthless word; but something good, demanded by the occasion, such as may give benefit to the hearers.
   
RF EPH 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are marked for a day of redemption.
   
RF EPH 4:31 Let all bitterness, and lust, and passion, and quarrel, and abuse, be expelled from you, with every baseness; and
   
RF EPH 4:32 become useful to one another, goodhearted, gracious, as God also was gracious to you in Christ.
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