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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 3:1

The Apostle's High Ambition.
For the rest, my friends, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write this to you, but safe for yourselves.

   
RF PHP 3:2 Beware of the cynics; beware of those men of foul life; beware of the concision.
   
RF PHP 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship through a Divine Spirit, and exult in Christ Jesus, and do not place confidence in an external appearance; although I might also have confidence in an external appearance.
   
RF PHP 3:4 If any think well to trust in an appearance, I can much more:
   
RF PHP 3:5 in eighth-day circumcision, of the race of Israel, tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; regarding ritual, a Pharisee;
   
RF PHP 3:6 as to zeal, persecuting the Church; being blameless in a righteousness which is contained in ritual.
   
RF PHP 3:7 But what might have been a gain to me, that I considered a loss for Christ.
   
RF PHP 3:8 Nay, further; I also consider them all to be a loss, compared to the possession of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: by which I lost everything, and consider it to be refuse if I can gain Christ,
   
RF PHP 3:9 and may be found in Him, not possessing my ritualistic righteousness, but that through the faith of Christ, the righteousness from God by the faith;
   
RF PHP 3:10 so as to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the association with His sufferings, being assimilated to His death—
   
RF PHP 3:11 so that in any way I may attain to the resurrection that is from the dead.
   
RF PHP 3:12 Not that I have now attained it, or am now perfected: but I ran so that I might carry it off; and I was also laid hold of by Christ.
   
RF PHP 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have won it; but one thing, forgetting the past, and straining to those in front,
   
RF PHP 3:14 I rush along the track for the prize of the supreme call of God in Christ Jesus.
   
RF PHP 3:15 As many of us therefore who are perfect, let us have this before us; and if you put anything else before you, may God reveal this to you.
   
RF PHP 3:16 Beyond what we have attained to—let us go straight to that.
   
RF PHP 3:17 Become my imitators, brethren, and look out those who walk thus, as you have our model;
   
RF PHP 3:18 for many conduct themselves—of whom I have often spoken to you, but now I say it weeping—as enemies of the cross of Christ:
   
RF PHP 3:19 whose end is perdition, whose god their sensuality, and their boast in their shame: they think of what is upon earth.
   
RF PHP 3:20 But our policy consists in possessing an object in heaven: from where also we expect a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
   
RF PHP 3:21 Who will transform the body of our humility, making it like the body of His majesty, by the internal working of His power; and He will subject all to Himself.
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