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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 3:1

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, observe that the Apostle and High Priest of our confession,

   
RF HEB 3:2 Jesus, was faithful to His Maker—as Moses was—in all His house.
   
RF HEB 3:3 But He is thought worthy of a greater dignity than Moses, by as much as the master of the house has more honour than its steward.
   
RF HEB 3:4 For every house is organized by some one; but God is the organizer of all things.
   
RF HEB 3:5 And Moses, indeed, was faithful in all his house as a servant, a witness of what was ordered;
   
RF HEB 3:6 but Christ as a Son over His own house: whose house we are, if we firmly possess the confidence and boast of our hope until the end.
   
RF HEB 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: IF YOU WOULD LISTEN TO HIS VOICE today,
   
RF HEB 3:8 'HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS,
As IN THE BITTERNESS
DURING THE PERIOD OF TRIAL IN THE DESERT;
   
RF HEB 3:9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED ME,
PROVED ME, AND FOR FORTY YEARS SAW MY WORKS.
   
RF HEB 3:10 THEREFORE I WAS PROVOKED WITH THAT GENERATION, AND SAID, THEY ALWAYS WANDER AT HEART; AND HAVE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED MY PATHS:
   
RF HEB 3:11 SO THAT I DECLARED IN MY ANGER,
THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST.1
   
RF HEB 3:12 Take care, brethren, lest there should ever be in any of you a bad unbelieving heart, to turn away from a living God.
   
RF HEB 3:13 But, instead, exhort yourselves every day, while it is called today, so that none among you maybe hardened by the seductiveness of sin.
   
RF HEB 3:14 For we shall be participators with THE MESSIAH, if we steadily hold fast to the first foundation until perfect;
   
RF HEB 3:15 therefore He said:
IF today YOU WOULD LISTEN TO HIS VOICE,
HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS As IN THAT BITTERNESS.
   
RF HEB 3:16 But what hearers tried Him?—did not all coming from Egypt through Moses?
   
RF HEB 3:17 And by whom was He provoked forty years 2—was it not with the sinners, whose carcasses fell in the desert?
   
RF HEB 3:18 And to whom did He declare that they should not enter into His rest—if not to the unbelieving?
   
RF HEB 3:19 From which we perceive that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.
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1. Psa 95:7-11
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