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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 TI1 6:1

Whoever are under a bond of slavery, let them consider their own masters worthy of all honour; so that the Name of God and His teaching may not be reviled.

   
RF TI1 6:2 But those who have believing masters, should not pay less respect on account of their being brethren: but rather let them work better, because they are faithful and beloved; and they will receive a return for their good conduct. Teach and impress these.
   
RF TI1 6:3 If anyone teaches the contrary, and does not agree to sound reasons —to those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the teaching of our religion
   
RF TI1 6:4 he is stupid, and understands nothing; but doting about discussions and wordy wars, from which come envy, strife, abuse, evil suspicions,
   
RF TI1 6:5 disputes of depraved men, corrupting the mind and perverting from the truth, by adopting the idea that our religion is a mere trade.
   
RF TI1 6:6 Yet the all-satisfying religion is a great acquisition.
   
RF TI1 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, nor are we able to carry anything out;
   
RF TI1 6:8 therefore, having food and clothing, let us be satisfied with them.
   
RF TI1 6:9 But those who design to be rich fall into a temptation and snare, and many senseless and ruinous desires, which sink those so men into loss and destruction;
   
RF TI1 6:10 for the love of money is a root of all these evils, some going mad for which, have wandered from the faith, and surrounded themselves with many distresses.
   
RF TI1 6:11 But fly these, man of God, and follow righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.
   
RF TI1 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith; seize hold of the life eternal, to which you are summoned; and confess the noble confession before many witnesses.
   
RF TI1 6:13 I charge you before the life-giving God of all, and of Jesus Christ, Who gave evidence with His noble confession before Pontius Pilate,
   
RF TI1 6:14 keep the command yourself, purely, unblameable, until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ;
   
RF TI1 6:15 which at the right time will bring to light the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords,
   
RF TI1 6:16 the only possessor of immortality, inhabiting an unapproachable light, Whom not one of mankind has seen, nor is able to see, to Whom is eternal honour and power. Amen.
   
RF TI1 6:17 To the rich in the present age I advise not to think too highly, nor to trust upon an uncertain wealth; but upon the God Who has prepared for us all wealth for enjoyment;
   
RF TI1 6:18 to do good, to enrich themselves with good deeds, to be liberal, affable,
   
RF TI1 6:19 and to lay up for themselves a noble foundation for the future, so that they may acquire the enduring life.
   
RF TI1 6:20 Timothy, guard the trust; avoid the common frivolities and objections of the false philosophy,
   
RF TI1 6:21 which some proclaiming, have, as to the faith, missed the mark. Grace be with you.
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(The first epistle to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the metropolis of Paka-tine Phrygia, probably about the year 67 A.D.)
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