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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 3:1

Concluding Exhortation.
In conclusion, brethren, pray for us, so that the teaching of the Lord may run and be honoured, as it did towards you;

   
RF TH2 3:2 and that we may be rescued from bad and wicked men: for the faith is not with all.
   
RF TH2 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, Who will strengthen you, and guard you from the wicked.
   
RF TH2 3:4 And we are confident in the Lord concerning you, that what we have commanded, you both do and will do;
   
RF TH2 3:5 and may the Lord guide your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.
   
RF TH2 3:6 But we advise you, brethren, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, avoid every brother conducting himself idly, and not according to the direction which he received from us.
   
RF TH2 3:7 For yourselves know how to imitate us rightly: because we were not idle among you,
   
RF TH2 3:8 nor did we eat unpurchased bread supplied by any one; but, on the contrary, we worked night and day with labour and toil, so as not to be a burden to any of you.
   
RF TH2 3:9 Not because we had no authority; but so that we might give ourselves a pattern to you, to imitate us.
   
RF TH2 3:10 And besides, when we were with you we commanded this, that if any one would not work, he should not be fed.
   
RF TH2 3:11 For we hear of some going disorderly among you, never working, but trifling.
   
RF TH2 3:12 But we order and direct such in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they should themselves quietly earn the bread they eat.
   
RF TH2 3:13 And you, my brethren, do not abstain from doing good;
   
RF TH2 3:14 but if any one does not obey our order by this letter, mark him, and do not associate with him—so that he may turn again.
   
RF TH2 3:15 Do not, however, regard him as an enemy; but rather correct him as a brother.
   
RF TH2 3:16 The Attestation.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace in every form. The Lord be with you all.
   
RF TH2 3:17 The signature by my own hand, PAUL, which is my sign in every letter, I write thus.
   
RF TH2 3:18 The blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
(Written to the Thessalonians from Athens; and, as the contexts show, is a sequel to the former Letter.)
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