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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 6:1

Consequently, dismissing the reason for the first object of the Messiah, let us bear forward to its conclusion—not again laying a foundation of turning from dead rituals; and of trust upon God;

   
RF HEB 6:2 of teaching of baptisms; or of laying on of hands; of resurrection from death; and of eternal judgment:
   
RF HEB 6:3 yet we will do this, if God permits.
   
RF HEB 6:4 For these who have been once enlightened, and tasted of the heavenly gift, and been partakers of holy spirit,
   
RF HEB 6:5 and have tasted the noble Plan of God, and power of a future age,
   
RF HEB 6:6 and have fallen away—it is useless to renew them into a change of mind;—they having by themselves crucified afresh the Son of God, and openly disgraced Him.
   
RF HEB 6:7 For the land that has drunk the rain coming often upon it, and has yielded crops useful to these by whom it has been cultivated, receives approval from God;
   
RF HEB 6:8 but if it produces unexpected and nearly accursed thorns and thistles, their end is for burning.
   
RF HEB 6:9 But we are persuaded better of you, friends, things that bring salvation, although we speak in this way.
   
RF HEB 6:10 For God is not so unjust as to be forgetful of your work, and of the love which has been shown to His Name, by having ministered to the holy, and still ministering.
   
RF HEB 6:11 But we wish each of you to show the same earnestness to the end, to perfect your hope;
   
RF HEB 6:12 so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of these who through faith and endurance inherited the promises.
   
RF HEB 6:13 For God, promising to Abraham, since He had none greater to swear by, He swore by Himself,
   
RF HEB 6:14 saying, WHEN BLESSING I WILL BLESS YOU, AND INCREASING I WILL INCREASE YOU.1
   
RF HEB 6:15 And then, after long expectation, he obtained the promise.
   
RF HEB 6:16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and in all disputes the oath is used by them for confirmation—
   
RF HEB 6:17 by which God, wishing to show more certainly the unalterable nature of His decision to the inheritors of the promise, intervened with an oath;
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1. Gen 22:17
   
RF HEB 6:18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it was impossible for God to be false, we might have a stronger hold, when we fly to seize the settled hope,
   
RF HEB 6:19 which we have as a sure and firm anchor of the soul, and carried inside the inner veil;
   
RF HEB 6:20 where so as a Forerunner Jesus has entered for us, becoming a High Priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedec.
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