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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 TH2 2:1

The Lawless One.
But we implore you, brethren, regarding the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together to Him,

   
RF TH2 2:2 not to be easily shaken nor terrified from your purpose, neither by spirit, by word, nor by any letter presented as from us, as though the day of the Lord were near.
   
RF TH2 2:3 Let no one cheat you by any such means. For the apostasy must come first, and the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction, must first be revealed;—
   
RF TH2 2:4 the one who withstands, and is self-exalted over and above all that is called Divine, or worshipped; so that he seats himself in the sanctuary of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.
   
RF TH2 2:5 Do you not remember that whilst we were with you we told you this?
   
RF TH2 2:6 And you also know the present restraint to his development until his proper time.
   
RF TH2 2:7 For the mystery of that lawlessness already operates; only the Restrainer intervenes for a time: until he is removed;
   
RF TH2 2:8 and then the outlaw will become manifest, whom the Lord will destroy by the spirit of His mouth, and extinguish by the manifestation of His presence.
   
RF TH2 2:9 This outlaw's arrival will be accompanied by the energy of Satan with all powers, and signs, and terrors of falsehood;
   
RF TH2 2:10 and with all the deceit of injustice among the perishing, who accepted not the love of the truth, so that they themselves might be saved.
   
RF TH2 2:11 And, because of this, God will send to them an energy of error, for themselves to make the Falsehood credible;
   
RF TH2 2:12 so that in every way those who do not trust to the truth, but on the contrary, approve falsehood, may be condemned.
   
RF TH2 2:13 Words of Cheer.
But we find it our duty to give thanks to God always for you, dear brethren, loved by the Lord; because God brought you a firstfruit into salvation, by purity of spirit and confidence in the truth,
   
RF TH2 2:14 into which He called you, through our good message, to acquire honour for our Lord Jesus Christ.
   
RF TH2 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand and secure the charge which you have been taught, either by our speech or letter.
   
RF TH2 2:16 And our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us an eternal consolation and pure hope as a gift,
   
RF TH2 2:17 encourage and console your hearts, and establish you in every beneficent work and word.
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