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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 TIT 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to governors and authorities; to be ready to obey in every good work;
   
RF TIT 3:2 to speak evil of no man; not to vituperate, but to be peaceable, well behaved; showing courtesy to all men.
   
RF TIT 3:3 For we ourselves also were once thoughtless, disobedient, unsettled, slaving for lusts and various pleasures, passing our lives in vice and depravity, hateful and hating each other.
   
RF TIT 3:4 But when the kindness and philanthropy of God our Saviour appeared.—
   
RF TIT 3:5 not as the result of what we had accomplished in works of righteousness, but as the effect of His own mercy—He saved us, by a layer of regeneration and restoration of a spirit of holiness,
   
RF TIT 3:6 which He richly poured out upon us through our Saviour Jesus Christ;
   
RF TIT 3:7 so that being made righteous by that gift we might become by hope inheritors of eternal life.
   
RF TIT 3:8 This matter is true; and I desire you to constantly insist upon these things, so that the believers in God may stand forth as being anxious for a noble life—that is noble and profitable to men.
   
RF TIT 3:9 But prohibit foolish discussions, and genealogies, and quarrels, and legal contentions; for they are profitless and vain.
   
RF TIT 3:10 Depose a pretentious man after advising him once or twice;
   
RF TIT 3:11 perceiving that such men dodge and sin although self-convicted.
   
RF TIT 3:12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, make haste to come to me in Nicopolis; for I have decided to winter there.
   
RF TIT 3:13 Provide at once for Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos, so that nothing may be wanting to them;
   
RF TIT 3:14 and, further, let our people learn to advance in noble habits, so that they may not be indifferent towards those who are in want.
   
RF TIT 3:15 All my companions send regards to you. Regards to all who love us in faith. May blessing be with you all!
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(The Epistle to Titus, the first appointed overseer of Crete, was written from Nicopolis of Macedonia, about the year 67 A.D.)
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