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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 4:1

Let us therefore be careful, lest by abandoning a promise to enter into His rest, any one from among you should think of lagging behind.

   
RF HEB 4:2 For we are promised, as they were; but the message heard did not profit them, not being —united With faith by the hearers.
   
RF HEB 4:3 But the believers, ourselves, may enter that rest, as He said: AS I DECLARED IN MY ANGER, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST: as He from the works of construction after founding a universe,
   
RF HEB 4:4 where it says about the seventh thus: AND GOD RESTED UPON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS.1
   
RF HEB 4:5 But here again: THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST.
   
RF HEB 4:6 As, therefore, some failed to enter it, and those first promised entered not, through disobedience;
   
RF HEB 4:7 He again fixed a particular time, today, saying, after that time, by David —as I said before- today, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS.
   
RF HEB 4:8 For if Joshua had given that rest, He would not after that have spoken of another time.
   
RF HEB 4:9 Therefore there still remains a rest for the people of God.
   
RF HEB 4:10 For it shall enter into its rest, and rest itself from its labours, as God did from His own.
   
RF HEB 4:11 Let us therefore strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may in the same way be an example, by falling through disobedience.
   
RF HEB 4:12 For the word of God is living and energetic, and more cutting than any two-edged sword; and divides even the life and spirit, joints and marrow; and is critical of desires and thoughts of the heart.
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1. Genesis 2:2
   
RF HEB 4:13 And there is no creature hidden before it; but all is naked and bare to His eyes to Whom we have to account.
   
RF HEB 4:14 The Messiah's Priestly Office. Having, therefore, a great High Priest gone into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us cling to this confession.
   
RF HEB 4:15 For we have not a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses; but equally tried in all things like ourselves, yet sinless.
   
RF HEB 4:16 Let us go, therefore, with freedom to the throne of the Giver, so that we may receive mercy; and we shall find a perfectly supporting gift.
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