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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 5:1

For every high priest taken from among men is set up over men to attend to the things of God, so that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins;

   
RF HEB 5:2 and be able to sympathize with the ignorant and erring, because he is himself surrounded with weakness
   
RF HEB 5:3 and for that reason he ought to offer for his own sins, as well as for the people.
   
RF HEB 5:4 And not any one takes this honour to himself, unless called by God, even as Aaron was.
   
RF HEB 5:5 Thus also the Messiah did not Himself decree that He should become a High Priest; but, instead, He Who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON. today I HAVE BEGOTTEN You.1
   
RF HEB 5:6 And as He says in another place: YOU ARE AN ETERNAL PRIEST, ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHI-SEDEK2.
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1. Psa 2:7
2. Psa 110:4
   
RF HEB 5:7 Who in the days of His incarnation, having offered prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, to Him able to save Him from death, and having been listened to because of His entreaty,
   
RF HEB 5:8 although indeed He was a Son, He learnt obedience by what He suffered;
   
RF HEB 5:9 and having been perfected, He became the origin of eternal salvation to all who obey Him
   
RF HEB 5:10 having been publicly proclaimed under God a High Priest of the order of Melchisedec;
   
RF HEB 5:11 of Whom we have to express much thought and difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish to the sounds.
   
RF HEB 5:12 For at the time when you ought to be teachers, you have need again for some one to teach you the rudiments of the first principles of God's purposes; and you have come to have need of milk, and not of solid food.
   
RF HEB 5:13 For every one who uses milk is ignorant of a reason for righteousness; for he is an infant.
   
RF HEB 5:14 But solid food is for the matured, for those who through their disciplined faculties are exercised to decide between good and evil.
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