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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 COL 3:1

Exhortation to Practical Godliness.
If, however, you were raised with Christ, search for what is above, where Christ is seated upon the right hand of God.

   
RF COL 3:2 Think about heavenly, not earthly affairs;
   
RF COL 3:3 for you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
   
RF COL 3:4 So when Christ our life is manifested, then also you will be manifested in majesty together with Him.
   
RF COL 3:5 Therefore destroy these parts of yourselves upon the earth—fornication, impurity, passion, vile lust, and greed, for it is idolatry:
   
RF COL 3:6 through which the anger of God comes;
   
RF COL 3:7 among which you once walked when you lived with them
   
RF COL 3:8 But now you reject the whole—rage, lust, filth, vice, slander from your mouth.
   
RF COL 3:9 Do not lie to each other. Put off the old man with his practices;
   
RF COL 3:10 and put on the new, that is renewed in knowledge—the very picture of its Creator—
   
RF COL 3:11 where no one is Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave, freeman—but Christ, the whole, and in all.
   
RF COL 3:12 Therefore put on, as chosen of God, holy and beloved, gentle pity, kindness, quietude, mildness,
   
RF COL 3:13 forbearance; supporting one another, and forgiving mutually, if any one should have a quarrel against another; just as the Master forgave you, you should also do;
   
RF COL 3:14 but above all these—love, which is a bond of perfection.
   
RF COL 3:15 And let the peace of God preside in your hearts—for you were called to be a united body—and be thankful.
   
RF COL 3:16 Let Christ's reason live richly in you with all wisdom. Teach and instruct yourselves with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; in delight singing in your hearts to God.
   
RF COL 3:17 And in all that you do in word, or in deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the God, and Father, through Him.
   
RF COL 3:18 Let the wives be obedient to their husbands, as is right in the LORD.
   
RF COL 3:19 Let the husbands love their wives, and be not bitter with them.
   
RF COL 3:20 Children should obey their parents in everything; for that is pleasing to the LORD.
   
RF COL 3:21 Fathers, do not irritate your children, and break not their spirits.
   
RF COL 3:22 Slaves, obey your bodily masters in all; not in false pretence, like flatterers, but with honesty of heart, fearing the LORD.
   
RF COL 3:23 If you do this, working from your soul as to the Lord, and not to men,
   
RF COL 3:24 you know that you will from the LORD receive the reward of the inheritance; work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF COL 3:25 For the wrong-doer, however, there will be stored up the evil which he has done; and there is no partiality.
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