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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 5:1 Be, then, imitators of God, as dear children; and walk in love,
   
RF EPH 5:2 as Christ also loved you, and delivered Himself for your sakes as a sweet perfume, an offering and sacrifice to God.
   
RF EPH 5:3 But prostitution, and all profligacy, or excess, let it never be named among you,
   
RF EPH 5:4 as befits the holy; nor obscenity, nor frivolity, nor ribaldry, which are not becoming: but thanksgiving instead.
   
RF EPH 5:5 For you know the certainty of this, that no fornicator, nor debauchee, nor extortioner (who is an idolater), has an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
   
RF EPH 5:6 Never let yourselves be deceived with empty arguments; for through these sins, the anger of God comes upon the sons of carelessness:
   
RF EPH 5:7 be not therefore associates with them,
   
RF EPH 5:8 For you were once darkness but now light in the Lord
   
RF EPH 5:9 Walk as children of light; for the fruit of the light is in all purity and righteousness and truth.
   
RF EPH 5:10 Search what is most pleasing to the Lord;
   
RF EPH 5:11 and do not associate yourselves with the fruitless works of darkness, but much rather reprove them:
   
RF EPH 5:12 for it is a shame to relate their hidden practices.
   
RF EPH 5:13 But everything reprehensible is revealed under the light; for light is the universal revealer.
   
RF EPH 5:14 Therefore He says: ROUSE, SLEEPER, AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD, AND CHRIST WILL SHINE UPON YOU2.
   
RF EPH 5:15 See, then, how carefully you should walk!—not like fools, but, on the contrary, as intelligent;
   
RF EPH 5:16 buying up the opportunity, for the times are wicked.
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2. Isa 60:1-2 Isa 52:1-2
   
RF EPH 5:17 Therefore be not thoughtless, but consider what is the will of the Lord.
   
RF EPH 5:18 And BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE2, in which there is folly; but instead, Be full of the Spirit:
   
RF EPH 5:19 speaking to your selves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and dancing in your hearts to the Lord;
   
RF EPH 5:20 giving thanks at all times for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, To the God and Father;
   
RF EPH 5:21 supporting one another in a reverence of Christ.
   
RF EPH 5:22 Domestic Admonitions.
Let the women be obedient to their own husbands, as to the Lord;
   
RF EPH 5:23 because a husband is head of the wife—as Christ is head of the church—and himself the guardian of her body.
   
RF EPH 5:24 Then even as the church is subjected to Christ, thus also the wives should be to their husbands in everything.
   
RF EPH 5:25 The husbands should love their wives, as Christ loved the church, and delivered Himself up for her sake,
   
RF EPH 5:26 so that she might be made holy, purified in the bath with the water of His message:
   
RF EPH 5:27 so that He might Himself present to Himself the glorified church, having neither spot nor wrinkle, nor anything like them; but that she might be holy and faultless.
   
RF EPH 5:28 Thus the husbands should love their own wives as their own bodies. The lover of his own wife loves himself.
   
RF EPH 5:29 For no one ever hates his own body: on the contrary, he feeds and warms it—Just as Christ does the church,
   
RF EPH 5:30 because we are parts of His body.
   
RF EPH 5:31 THEREFORE A MAN SHALL LEAVE MOTHER AND FATHER, AND BE UNITED WITH HIS WIFE; AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE BODY.2
   
RF EPH 5:32 This is the great mystery; but I speak in regard to Christ and the church.
   
RF EPH 5:33 And especially you, every individual, let him love his own wife as himself; and let the wife reverence her husband in the same way.
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1. Prov 23:20
2. Gen 2:24
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