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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 6:1 Children, be obedient to your parents; For that is right.
   
RF EPH 6:2 HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER—that is the first command with a promise
   
RF EPH 6:3 SO THAT GOOD MAY COME TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE LONG CONTINUANCE ON THE EARTH3.
   
RF EPH 6:4 And, fathers, do not irritate your children; but educate them in discipline and knowledge of the Lord.
   
RF EPH 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in frank heartedness, as to Christ:
   
RF EPH 6:6 not with eye service, as if flattering men; but like slaves of Christ, doing God's will,
   
RF EPH 6:7 Working willingly from your soul as for the Lord, and not for men,—
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3. Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16
   
RF EPH 6:8 because you know that if any one does anything well, he gives pleasure to the Lord, whether he is a slave or a free man.
   
RF EPH 6:9 And, masters, do the same to them, abandoning abuse; for you know that both your Master and theirs is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
   
RF EPH 6:10 The Call to Prepare for the Spiritual Conflict.
From henceforward strengthen yourselves in the Lord, and with the power of His might.
   
RF EPH 6:11 Put on the complete armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the tactics of the Devil.
   
RF EPH 6:12 Because our fight is not against blood and flesh; but against the sovereignties, against the powers, against the commanders of the darkness of this world, against the spirits of wickedness in the heavens.
   
RF EPH 6:13 Therefore, take up the complete armour of God, so that you may be able to resist in the day of danger, and having done all your duty, to stand.
   
RF EPH 6:14 Stand then, your waist belted with truth, and covered with the breastplate of righteousness;
   
RF EPH 6:15 And your feet shod with readiness for the good news of peace;
   
RF EPH 6:16 lifting up over all the big shield of the faith, upon which you will be able to quench all the blazing artillery of the Devil.
   
RF EPH 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the message of God:
   
RF EPH 6:18 but through all, with prayer and supplication, praying at every moment in spirit, and keeping watch in it with steady tenacity: and praying for the holy,
   
RF EPH 6:19 and for me, so that eloquence may be given to me when my mouth is opened, to proclaim with bold freedom the secret of the good news,
   
RF EPH 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in captivity; so that I may speak like a free man therein, as I ought to speak.
   
RF EPH 6:21 But so that you may knew my affairs, how I do, the dear brother and faithful minister in the Lord, Tychicus,
   
RF EPH 6:22 Whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, will inform you; so that you may know about us, and may console your hearts.
   
RF EPH 6:23 Peace to the brethren and faithful love from a Father God, and a Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF EPH 6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
(Written from Rome, about 61 A.D., and conveyed to the Ephesian and other Assemblies by Tychicus.)
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