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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.

   
AKJV TH2 3:1

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

   
AKJV TH2 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
   
AKJV TH2 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.
   
AKJV TH2 3:4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that you both do and will do the things which we command you.
   
AKJV TH2 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
   
AKJV TH2 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
   
AKJV TH2 3:7 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
   
AKJV TH2 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
   
AKJV TH2 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample to you to follow us.
   
AKJV TH2 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
   
AKJV TH2 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
   
AKJV TH2 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
   
AKJV TH2 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.
   
AKJV TH2 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
   
AKJV TH2 3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
   
AKJV TH2 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
   
AKJV TH2 3:17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is the token in every letter: so I write.
   
AKJV TH2 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
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