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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 2:1

Christ the Pattern of Humility.
If then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation from love, if any community of spirit, if any tender feelings and pity,

   
RF PHP 2:2 fill my joy full; so that you may agree in thought, possessing the same love, intending with united hearts the same object.
   
RF PHP 2:3 Never in self-seeking nor through vainglory; but, on the contrary, with good feeling considering others in preference to yourselves,
   
RF PHP 2:4 not each scheming for himself, but rather each for others.
   
RF PHP 2:5 Think this with yourselves, What was in Christ Jesus?
   
RF PHP 2:6 Who existing in the beauty of God, considered not His Divine equality an incitement to greed;
   
RF PHP 2:7 but forsook Himself, taking the form of a slave; arriving in human appearance;
   
RF PHP 2:8 and being found apparently like a man, He humbled Himself, becoming subject to death, yes, a death of crucifixion!
   
RF PHP 2:9 Therefore God highly exalted Him, and freely gave Him the Name surpassing every name;
   
RF PHP 2:10 so that in presence of the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of celestials, and terrestrials, and sub-terrenes,
   
RF PHP 2:11 and every tongue confess that Lord Jesus Christ exists in majesty of a Father God!
   
RF PHP 2:12 Exhortation to Fidelity.
So then, my beloved, as you have at all times been obedient, not only when in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation amidst fear and terror;
   
RF PHP 2:13 for God is energizing in you both to will and to do for the sake of His approbation.
   
RF PHP 2:14 Do all without grudging and disputes;
   
RF PHP 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, beautiful children of God, in the midst of a deformed, degenerate race—among whom you will shine like bright lights to the whole world
   
RF PHP 2:16 possessing a reason for life, to my delight in the day of Christ: for then I shall not have run for nothing, nor have worked in vain.
   
RF PHP 2:17 Yet even if I am exhausted in the sacrifice and service of your faith, I will still rejoice and congratulate with you all;
   
RF PHP 2:18 and you also be glad and congratulate me.
   
RF PHP 2:19 Paul's Messengers Commended.
But I hope in the Lord Jesus soon to send Timothy to you, so that I myself may be encouraged by hearing about you.
   
RF PHP 2:20 For I have no other fellow spirit who is so anxious for a knowledge of your affairs;
   
RF PHP 2:21 because they all seek their own business, not that of Jesus Christ.
   
RF PHP 2:22 But you know his worth; for he slaved with me in the gospel, like a son for his father.
   
RF PHP 2:23 I hope, therefore, to send him for this, as soon as I have ascertained about my affairs here.
   
RF PHP 2:24 And I am confident in the Lord that I also shall come soon.
   
RF PHP 2:25 I have, however, thought it necessary to send to you my brother and companion in work and war, Epaphroditus, who was your messenger, and attendant to my wants; for he was always longing for you,
   
RF PHP 2:26 and was depressed because you had heard that he had been sick.
   
RF PHP 2:27 And he was ill—very near death. But God pitied him; and not only him, but myself also, so that I might not have sorrow heaped upon sorrow.
   
RF PHP 2:28 Therefore I have sent him more willingly, so that seeing him again you may be glad, and I may also be more pleased.
   
RF PHP 2:29 So take him with every pleasure in the Lord, and hold such as he in honour;
   
RF PHP 2:30 because for the work of Christ he approached death, disregarding his own life, so that he might accomplish your offering to my wants.
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