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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 12:1

And, therefore, we having with us such an encompassing cloud of witnesses, throwing off all weight, and seductive sin, let us run persistently through our prescribed course;

   
RF HEB 12:2 looking forward to Jesus. the Leader and Trainer of our faith, Who, striving for the reward prepared for Him, endured the cross, despising its shame, and sits on the right of the throne of God.
   
RF HEB 12:3 For compare what He endured under sinners libeling Him, so that you may not fail from exhaustion of your souls;
   
RF HEB 12:4 because you have not resisted so far as blood, while striving against sin;
   
RF HEB 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons:
MY SON, SLIGHT NOT THE LORD'S CORRECTIONS, NEITHER FAINT UNDER HIS REPROOF;
   
RF HEB 12:6 FOR THE LORD CORRECTS THOSE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON IN WHOM HE DELIGHTS.1
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1. Prov 3:11-12
   
RF HEB 12:7 If you endure a correction, God acts towards you as sons; for what son is there whom a father does not correct?
   
RF HEB 12:8 But if you are without correction, of which all have a share, then you are counterfeits, and not sons.
   
RF HEB 12:9 Then, if we had corrections from our bodily fathers, and obeyed them, how much rather shall we not endure from the Father of our spirits, and live?
   
RF HEB 12:10 For they indeed corrected for a few days, according to their judgment; but He to support, to restore us to His purity.
   
RF HEB 12:11 Yet all correction for the present seems not to be a pleasure, but a grief; although afterwards it returns a pleasant fruit of righteousness to those disciplined through it.
   
RF HEB 12:12 Therefore, strengthen the fallen hands and the trembling knees;
   
RF HEB 12:13 and step right out with your feet, so that you may not march lamely, but firmly.
   
RF HEB 12:14 Above all, pursue peace and purity, without which no man will see the Lord.
   
RF HEB 12:15 Looking forward, lest any one should fall back from the gift of God; lest any thorny plant growing there should disturb, and through it the whole troop be disordered.
   
RF HEB 12:16 Let none be a reckless or common man, like Esau, who for a single meal gave up his birthrights.
   
RF HEB 12:17 For you know that afterwards, wishing to inherit the blessing, he was not allowed; for he found no place for a change of purpose, although he sought it with tears.
   
RF HEB 12:18 For you are not come to a tangible hill, and a burning fire, and to darkness, and to gloom, and tempest,
   
RF HEB 12:19 and a trumpet blast, and a commanding voice, the hearers of which implored the sound not to approach them:
   
RF HEB 12:20 for they could not endure the Command; and even if a beast touched the hill, it was to be stoned.
   
RF HEB 12:21 And so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling."
   
RF HEB 12:22 But you are come to Mount Zion, and a city of a living God; to a heavenly Jerusalem, and ten thousands of angels;
   
RF HEB 12:23 to the full assembly and congregation of the first-born registered in the heavens; and to a Divine Judge of all; and to spirits of the perfected righteous,
   
RF HEB 12:24 and a New Settlement by means of Jesus, and a sprinkling of blood speaking better than that by Abel.
   
RF HEB 12:25 Take heed, that you are not drawn away from what has been spoken! For if they escaped not who rejected the Divine warning on earth, how much less we, if we reject that from heaven above!
   
RF HEB 12:26 The voice then shook the earth; but now it is proclaimed, saying, YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.1
   
RF HEB 12:27 But from the "Yet once more," the displacement of the shaken is shown, as being temporary, so that the unshaken may remain.
   
RF HEB 12:28 Therefore having received a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us be joyful, by which we serve God acceptably with reverence and awe;
   
RF HEB 12:29 FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. 2
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1. Hag. 2:6.
2. Deut 4:24
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