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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 PHP 1:1

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the holy in Christ Jesus living in Philippi, with overlookers and ministers:

   
RF PHP 1:2 Blessing and peace to you, from our Father, God, and Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF PHP 1:3 I thank my God, whenever I remember you,
   
RF PHP 1:4 continually in all my prayers with gladness making supplication for you all,
   
RF PHP 1:5 since you were associated in the gospel, from the first day until now.
   
RF PHP 1:6 Confident of this, that the originator of a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
   
RF PHP 1:7 And it is right for me to think this of you all; for I had you in my heart in my imprisonment, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, all of you being my companions in the Divine commission.
   
RF PHP 1:8 For my God is a witness, how I long for you all, with the affections of Jesus Christ,
   
RF PHP 1:9 And I pray for this, so that your love may extend more and more in knowledge and all perception,
   
RF PHP 1:10 to distinguish the differences, so that you may be clear and certain in the day of Christ,
   
RF PHP 1:11 full of the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ for the honour and praise of God.
   
RF PHP 1:12 The Apostle Triumphant in Persecution.
But, friends, I wish you to know that my affair has turned out well, greatly to the promotion of the gospel;
   
RF PHP 1:13 so that my imprisonment for Christ has been seen in the whole palace, and to all the others.
   
RF PHP 1:14 And most of the brethren in the Lord, made confident by my chains, dare very boldly and fearlessly to publish the message of God.
   
RF PHP 1:15 Some, however, through envy and strife, but some from conviction,
   
RF PHP 1:16 preach Christ: these indeed from love, seeing that I suffer in defence of the gospel;
   
RF PHP 1:17 while the others from intrigue, not honestly, proclaim Christ, thinking to add sorrow to my imprisonment.
   
RF PHP 1:18 What then? except that in every way, whether by pretence or whether sincerely, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I delight, and shall continue to be glad.
   
RF PHP 1:19 Because I know that this will result through your prayers in safety to me; and an additional supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ:
   
RF PHP 1:20 according to my strong conviction and hope that I shall never be disgraced; but, on the contrary, with perfectly free speech now, as then, Christ will be grandly displayed in my person, whether through life or through death.
   
RF PHP 1:21 For to me, life is Christ—death a gain!
   
RF PHP 1:22 But if to live in the body—that produces labour for me—then I do not know what to ask.
   
RF PHP 1:23 Now I am possessed by the two, having the desire to be freed and to be with Christ, by far the better;
   
RF PHP 1:24 but to remain in the body is most essential for you.
   
RF PHP 1:25 And relying upon this, I know that I shall remain and stay with you all for your improvement and benefit by the faith;
   
RF PHP 1:26 so that your exultation in Christ Jesus by me may increase, through my presence again among you.
   
RF PHP 1:27 Only conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether coming and seeing you, or whether hearing about you in absence, you may stand in one spirit, one mind, contending for the Good News of the Faith;
   
RF PHP 1:28 and never terrified by the enemy under any circumstances—which is to them a demonstration of destruction; but for you, of salvation, and that from God.
   
RF PHP 1:29 Because He has shown favour to you, for the sake of Christ; not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
   
RF PHP 1:30 having the same struggle that you observed in me, and now hear regarding me.
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