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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 2:1

For this reason we ought especially to attend to what must be listened to, lest we should ever be drawn aside.

   
RF HEB 2:2 For if the message delivered by Messengers was reliable, and every transgression and disobedience received just punishment,
   
RF HEB 2:3 how shall we escape, if we neglect such a great salvation, who first received our information through the Lord, with confirmation to us of what was heard?
   
RF HEB 2:4 God witnessing with signs, wonders, and various powers, as well as a Holy Spirit apportioned by His will.
   
RF HEB 2:5 For He has not subjected to Messengers the empire of the future, about which we speak.
   
RF HEB 2:6 And He gives evidence of this where some one says: WHAT Is MAN, THAT You SHOULD REMEMBER HIM?-OR A SON OF MAN, THAT You SHOULD LOOK ON HIM?
   
RF HEB 2:7 YOU MADE HIM FOR A SHORT TIME LESS THAN THE ANGELS; BUT HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH MAJESTY AND HONOUR, AND SET HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS,
   
RF HEB 2:8 HAVING SUBJECTED ALL BENEATH HIS FEET.1 But if He subjected all, He could leave nothing unsubjected to him. However, we do not now see all subject to him.
   
RF HEB 2:9 But we see Jesus —depressed for a short time lower than the Messengers, by having suffered death —crowned with majesty and honour, since by the kindness of God He tasted death for all.
   
RF HEB 2:10 For it became Him, by Whom all are, and through Whom all exist, leading many sons into glory, to perfect the Chief of their salvation by sufferings.
   
RF HEB 2:11 For the Purifier and the purified are both from One; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
   
RF HEB 2:12 saying:
I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BROTHERS,
IN THE MIDST OF THE ASSEMBLY I WILL SING OF YOU?2
   
RF HEB 2:13 And again:
I WILL TRUST IN HIM. 3
And again,
BEHOLD, I MYSELF AND THE CHILDREN.
WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.4
   
RF HEB 2:14 Since, then, the children share his blood and flesh, He also partook of the same with them; so that through death He might abolish him who has the dominion of death, that is the Devil;
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1. Psa 8:4-6
2. Psa 22:22
3. Psa 18:2
4. Isa 8:18
   
RF HEB 2:15 and might release those who through their whole life were subject to slavery through the dread of death.
   
RF HEB 2:16 For, indeed, He never anywhere took hold of angels; but, instead, He took hold of Abraham's Heir.
   
RF HEB 2:17 It was consequently imperative to be made similar in everything to His brothers; so that, pitying, He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest before God, to overshadow with mercy the sins of the people.
   
RF HEB 2:18 For as He Himself suffered when tempted, He is able to encourage those who are tempted.
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