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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 HEB 10:1

For the Law, being a shadow of these future benefits, not the representation itself of the facts, was never able to perfect the attendants by those yearly sacrifices which were offered continually—

   
RF HEB 10:2 for then would they not have ceased to be offered?—because none of the worshippers would have consciousness of sins, having been once for all purified.
   
RF HEB 10:3 But, on the contrary, in them there was a yearly reminder of sins;
   
RF HEB 10:4 for the blood of bulls and goats was powerless to expel sins.
   
RF HEB 10:5 Consequently, entering into the world, He says:
YOU DESIRED NOT SACRIFICE AND OFFERING,
BUT YOU HAVE PREPARED A BODY FOR ME;
   
RF HEB 10:6 BURNT-OFFERINGS, AND FOR SINS, DELIGHT YOU NOT;
   
RF HEB 10:7 SO I EXCLAIMED, "SEE, I WILL COME,"
AS WRITTEN OF ME IN A NOBLE BOOK,
   
RF HEB 10:8 "THE MIGHTY MINCE TO DO YOUR WILL."1 When it is said thus: You DID NOT DESIRE, NOR APPROVE OF BURNT-OFFERINGS NOR SIN-OFFERINGS, which were offered according to the ritual
   
RF HEB 10:9 then He said: BEHOLD, I COME TO DO YOUR WILL. He takes away the first, so that He might establish the second.
   
RF HEB 10:10 By which WILL we are made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus the Messiah once for all.
   
RF HEB 10:11 And indeed every high priest stands daily serving and offering the same sacrifices repeatedly, which are never able to strip-off sins.
   
RF HEB 10:12 But this One, having offered a single sacrifice for ever, sat down at the right of God;
   
RF HEB 10:13 henceforth awaiting, UNTIL His ENEMIES ARE PLACED A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.2
   
RF HEB 10:14 For by one offering He perfected the purified in perpetuity.
   
RF HEB 10:15 And the Holy Spirit confirms it to us, even after the previous statement:
   
RF HEB 10:16 THIS IS THE SETTLEMENT THAT I WILL SETTLE FOR THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PLACE MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEARTS, AND ON THEIR UNDERSTANDING WRITE THEM,
   
RF HEB 10:17 IN AND OF THEIR SINS AND LAWLESSNESS REMIND NO MORE.3
   
RF HEB 10:18 But where there is a release from them, there needs no more offerings for sins.
   
RF HEB 10:19 Therefore, brothers, having free entry into the interior of the Holies through the blood of Jesus,
   
RF HEB 10:20 an open and living pathway, which He renewed for us through the vail, that is,
   
RF HEB 10:21 His body; and a great Priest over the house of God.
   
RF HEB 10:22 let us enter with truth of heart, in full faith, having washed our hearts from a bad conscience, and bathed the body with pure water.
   
RF HEB 10:23 Let us unshrinkingly possess the confession of this hope for the Promiser is faithful,
   
RF HEB 10:24 and encouraging one another, incite ourselves to love and noble actions:
   
RF HEB 10:25 not neglecting the assembling of ourselves together, as is the custom of some; but rousing up, and that actively, as you see the day approaching.
   
RF HEB 10:26 For if we willfully sin after the reception of the knowledge of the truth, a sacrifice Is not again left for sins;
   
RF HEB 10:27 but a fearful expectation of judgment and of fiery zeal, ready to devour the adversaries.
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1. Psa 40:6-7
2. Psa 110:1
3. Jer 31:33-34
   
RF HEB 10:28 For any one despising a law of Moses was put away by death without pity under two or three witnesses.
   
RF HEB 10:29 Of how much worse punishment, then, think you, will he be considered worthy who treads under foot the Son of God, and holds the blood of the settlement by which we are made holy, unholy, and insults the spirit of the gift!
   
RF HEB 10:30 Yet we know Who says, PUNISHMENT Is MINE, I WILL REPAY. And again, THE LORD SHALL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.1
   
RF HEB 10:31 Fearful to fall into the hands of a Living God!
   
RF HEB 10:32 Faith Defined as trust in an unseen Future, and Duty done in this life through that trust upon Unseen God and his Promises.
But remember the former days in which, having been enlightened, you endured many struggles:
   
RF HEB 10:33 there, being exhibited with reproaches and afflictions; and here, becoming associates of those who were so.
   
RF HEB 10:34 For you have indeed suffered with the prisoners, and have accepted the plundering of your possessions with joy, knowing you possess for yourselves a better and more enduring property.
   
RF HEB 10:35 Therefore, throw not away your freedom, which possesses a great reward.
   
RF HEB 10:36 For you have need of patience, so that doing the will of God, you may enjoy the promise.
   
RF HEB 10:37 FOR VERY SOON, HOW SOON,2
THE FOE WILL CHARGE WITHOUT DELAY.
   
RF HEB 10:38 BUT MY FIRM TROOP WILL LIVE FROM FAITH;3
AND IF REPULSED, MY SOUL WILL NOT APPROVE.4
   
RF HEB 10:39 But we shall not recoil to loss, but keep our lives by Faith;
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1. Deut 32:35-36
2. Isa 26:20
3 Hab 2:3-4
4 Eccl 5:4
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