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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 13:1

General Exhortations.
Let brotherly love continue.

   
RF HEB 13:2 Do not neglect hospitality; by which means some have unexpectedly entertained angels.
   
RF HEB 13:3 Remember the prisoners as fellow prisoners; for you also are yourselves in the body suffering like them.
   
RF HEB 13:4 Honour marriage with all, and the undefiled union; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
   
RF HEB 13:5 Let not your plan of life be avaricious. Be helpful to your neighbors; for He has said, I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR EVER FORSAKE YOU.1
   
RF HEB 13:6 By which He encourages us to say, THE LORD IS MY HELP, I WILL NOT FEAR; WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?2
   
RF HEB 13:7 Remember your leaders who related the message of God to you; imitate their faith, after reflecting upon the result of their way of life.
   
RF HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
   
RF HEB 13:9 Turn not to different and strange teachings: for the heart is ennobled by goodness, not by foods which do not benefit their followers.
   
RF HEB 13:10 We have a little altar, from which those who serve in the Tent are not accustomed to eat;
   
RF HEB 13:11 for the bodies of those animals sacrificed for sin, of whom the blood was carried by the High Priests into the Holies, were burnt outside the camp.
   
RF HEB 13:12 And consequently Jesus, so that He might sanctify the people by His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
   
RF HEB 13:13 Consequently, let us now go out to Him outside the walls, carrying His disgrace:
   
RF HEB 13:14 for we have not a permanent city here; on the contrary, we are in search of a future one.
   
RF HEB 13:15 Let us, therefore, always offer through Him a praiseworthy sacrifice to God, that is, a lip-fruit, confessing to His name.
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1. Deu 31:6
2. Psa 118:6
   
RF HEB 13:16 But do not neglect well-doing and neighborliness; for God is well pleased with these sacrifices.
   
RF HEB 13:17 Be obedient to your leaders, and orderly; for they watch over your souls as having to give an account; so that they may do this joyfully, and not sorrowfully; for that injures yourselves.
   
RF HEB 13:18 Pray for us; for we are satisfied that we have a good conscience, wishing to bring benefits to all.
   
RF HEB 13:19 And now, especially, I beseech you to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.
   
RF HEB 13:20 But the God of peace, Who brought so back our Lord Jesus from the dead, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, purify you with the blood of an eternal settlement,
   
RF HEB 13:21 supporting you in every thing good to effect His will, doing in yourselves the best before Him, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be the majesty for ever and ever. Amen.
   
RF HEB 13:22 But I entreat you, brethren, accept this comforting discourse which! have written to you briefly.
   
RF HEB 13:23 Understand that our brother Timothy has been set free; with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you.
   
RF HEB 13:24 Remembrances to all your leaders and all the holy. Those of Italy send kind regards.
   
RF HEB 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
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(Written to the Hebrews, from Italy, probably about 68 A.D, and sent by Timothy.)
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Note.—The Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians, and Hebrews, form what the old Greeks called a "Triology," and in them St. Paul showed to the World the Christian Faith, in its Intellectual, Social, and Spiritual aspects, so as to enable every class of mind to comprehend its Eternal and Universal nature. Persistent efforts have been made for centuries to upset the Pauline authorship of this Epistle to the Hebrews, but no man who has studied the mental peculiarities of St. Paul, and what I would call his idiom of thought, can doubt that he wrote it; for no other man could have done it. Undoubtedly he originally wrote it in Hebrew, and had it translated by a Secretary into Greek for his edition of "Select Epistles," to which it forms a splendid crown. Origen, the most ancient Biblical Critic, corroborates that the Hebrew composition was the first issued.—F.F.
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