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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 TH1 2:1

The Frank Acceptance of the Gospel.
For you yourselves, brethren, know that our assault upon you was not ineffectual.

   
RF TH1 2:2 But although previously tortured and insulted in Philippi, as you know, we were bold enough in our God to speak to you in great agony, the Good News of God.
   
RF TH1 2:3 For our exhortation is not from imposture, neither with corruption, nor with deceit;
   
RF TH1 2:4 but as we have been proved under God to be believers in the Good News, so we speak: not as pleasing men, but, on the contrary, God, Who proves our hearts.
   
RF TH1 2:5 For we were never flatterers in speech, as you are aware; nor hypocritical seekers of wealth—God is witness—
   
RF TH1 2:6 nor yet seeking honour from men, neither from you, nor from others, although able to assert our dignity as apostles of Christ.
   
RF TH1 2:7 On the contrary, we were as gentle when among you as a mother fondling her own child.
   
RF TH1 2:8 We loved you so much, that we thought good not only to give you the Good News of God, but also our own lives; because you became so dear to us.
   
RF TH1 2:9 For you may remember, brethren, our labour and toil; we worked night and day, so as not to be any burden to you, when we preached the gospel of God among you.
   
RF TH1 2:10 You and God are witnesses how purely, righteously, and blamelessly, we were with you believers;
   
RF TH1 2:11 for you are aware that even as a father his own children, so we encouraged and cheered and entreated each one of you,
   
RF TH1 2:12 to conduct yourselves worthy of the God Who called you into His glorious kingdom.
   
RF TH1 2:13 And for this especially we thank God continually, that having received a reason for listening to us concerning God, you accepted it; not as a human reason, but as it truly is, a Divine reason, and which operates upon the believers among you.
   
RF TH1 2:14 For you, brethren, have become exactly like the believers in the assemblies of God in Christ Jesus who are in Judea, since you suffer the same under your own countrymen as they from the Judeans:
   
RF TH1 2:15 who wearied to death the Lord Jesus and the prophets; and drove us out; and are displeasing to God, as well as contrary to all men;
   
RF TH1 2:16 prohibiting us to tell to the heathen that they could be saved—everywhere filling up their sins; but their fury will at last come upon themselves.
   
RF TH1 2:17 His Affection for Them.
But we, brothers, having been separated from you for the space of an hour in person—not in heart—have striven very eagerly with great desire to see your face.
   
RF TH1 2:18 Indeed, we wished on two occasions to come to you, that is I, Paul; but Satan prevented us.
   
RF TH1 2:19 For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of triumph—if you are not—in the presence of our Lord Jesus, when He will appear?
   
RF TH1 2:20 You are certainly our boast and delight.
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