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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 11:1 for Faith is the standing-ground of the hopeful, the conviction of unseen facts;
   
RF HEB 11:2 and our fathers proved it.
   
RF HEB 11:3 by faith we comprehend that the periods were arranged by the continuous intention of God, so that from the unseen the visible appeared.
   
RF HEB 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, whence it was witnessed from God upon his offering that he was righteous; and through it he yet speaks, although dead.
   
RF HEB 11:5 By faith Enoch passed over without seeing death; and was not found, because God had passed him over: for before his passing over, it was testified he was pleasing to God.
   
RF HEB 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to be pleasing; for the comer to God must believe that He exists, and that a reward is gained by His diligent seekers.
   
RF HEB 11:7 By faith Noah, having been warned of events never seen, prudently constructed a ship to preserve his own family; through which he condemned the world, and became an inheritor of the righteousness which comes from faith.
   
RF HEB 11:8 By faith Abraham, having been called, obeyed; proceeding towards the place which he would in the future receive as as inheritance: and he went, not understanding where he was to go.
   
RF HEB 11:9 By faith he lodged as a stranger in that land of the promise; dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the equal inheritors of the same promise:
   
RF HEB 11:10 for he awaited the city, the Architect and Constructor of whose everlasting foundations is God.
   
RF HEB 11:11 By faith Sarah herself received ability to conceive an heir when past the usual time of life, because she considered the promise reliable;—
   
RF HEB 11:12 and so, from an individual approaching death, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, as the innumerable sand by the sea-shore!
   
RF HEB 11:13 All these died relying upon faith, not having received the promises; but yet having seen them and embraced them from afar, and confessing that they were but guests and visitors upon the earth.
   
RF HEB 11:14 For those who speak thus show that they look for a country;
   
RF HEB 11:15 and certainly if they had thought about the one they had left, they had time to return.
   
RF HEB 11:16 But then they aimed at a better, that is, a heavenly; consequently, God Himself was not ashamed to be called their God, for He had prepared for them a city.
   
RF HEB 11:17 By faith Abraham, being tried, offered Isaac; and was offering up the one declared born for the promises,
   
RF HEB 11:18 of whom it had been said, that IN ISAAC AN HEIR SHALL BE NAMED TO YOU;
   
RF HEB 11:19 reasoning that God was able to raise from the dead, from whence also He received him as an illustration.
   
RF HEB 11:20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning future events.
   
RF HEB 11:21 By faith dying Jacob blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped reclining upon his couch.
   
RF HEB 11:22 By faith Joseph, perfecting his life, remembered the departure of the sons of Israel, and gave instructions as to his bones.
   
RF HEB 11:23 By faith, when Moses was born, he was hid three months by his parents, because they saw the child was noble; and they dreaded not the king's order.
   
RF HEB 11:24 By faith Moses, having become great, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter;
   
RF HEB 11:25 choosing rather to be reviled with the people of God, than to have a temporary enjoyment of sin;
   
RF HEB 11:26 esteeming the reproach of the Messiah greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked forward to the reward.
   
RF HEB 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not afraid of the fury of the king; for he was as equally assured of the unseen as of the seen.
   
RF HEB 11:28 By faith he instituted the Passover, and the shedding of the blood, so that the destroyer of the first-born should not touch theirs.
   
RF HEB 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as over dry land; which the Egyptians in trying to do were swallowed up.
   
RF HEB 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, having been encircled seven days.
   
RF HEB 11:31 By faith Rahab the inn-keeper perished not with the unbelievers, for she had received the spies with peace.
   
RF HEB 11:32 But why should I say more? for the time would fail me describing Gideon and Barak; Samson and Jephthah; David and Samuel; and the prophets:
   
RF HEB 11:33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, did their duty, obtained promises, broke the mouths of lions;
   
RF HEB 11:34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, after feebleness were made strong, became mighty in war, overthrew foreign camps.
   
RF HEB 11:35 Women received back their dead by a resurrection; and others were beaten to death, refusing to accept release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection:
   
RF HEB 11:36 and others endured trial by mockeries and scourging's, and some by bonds and imprisonments.
   
RF HEB 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn in pieces, they were tortured, they died by a murdering sword, they wandered in sheepskins and goatskins, despised, afflicted, tormented—
   
RF HEB 11:38 the world was not worthy of them! They wandered in deserts, and mountains, and caves, and holes in the earth.
   
RF HEB 11:39 And all these, bearing testimony through their faith, enjoyed not the promise;
   
RF HEB 11:40 God providing something better for us, so that they should not be perfected without us.
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