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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 7:1

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, a High Priest of the Highest God, who met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings, and blessed him—

   
RF HEB 7:2 to whom the patriarch Abraham set apart a tenth of all—whose name interpreted is, first, King of Righteousness, and then, King of Salem, which is King of Peace;
   
RF HEB 7:3 unfathered, unmothered, unpedigreed, without recorded beginning of days or end of life; but, like the Son of God, remains a Priest uninterruptedly.
   
RF HEB 7:4 But see how great he was, to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the best spoils!
   
RF HEB 7:5 And, indeed, these who receive the priesthood from the sons of Levi have a command by the law to tithe the people—that is, their brothers—although they are direct issue of Abraham.
   
RF HEB 7:6 But he who was not pedigreed from them tithed Abraham, and blessed him who had the promises!
   
RF HEB 7:7 But, without any contradiction, the lesser is blessed by the greater.
   
RF HEB 7:8 And here indeed mortal men take tithes; but there, it is witnessed that he lives.
   
RF HEB 7:9 And, as one may say, Levi, the receiver of tithes, was tithed through Abraham;
   
RF HEB 7:10 for he was as yet in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him.
   
RF HEB 7:11 If, therefore, perfection were through the Levitical priesthood, under which the people were legislated for, then why need another Priest be appointed, of the order of Melchisedec, and not nominated from the order of Aaron?
   
RF HEB 7:12 For when the priesthood is being changed, of necessity comes a change of ritual.
   
RF HEB 7:13 But He of Whom this was said partook of another tribe, from which none approached the altar;
   
RF HEB 7:14 for it is clear that our Lord arose from the tribe of Judah, regarding which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.
   
RF HEB 7:15 And it is now very clear if another High Priest is appointed similar to Melchisedec,
   
RF HEB 7:16 He comes not according to a law of physical order, but by power of an unfailing life;
   
RF HEB 7:17 for it is witnessed: That You ARE AN ETERNAL PRIEST, ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHI-SEDEK. 1
   
RF HEB 7:18 But certainly when a change is made from a preceding order, it is through its weakness and uselessness
   
RF HEB 7:19 for the law perfected nothing, but introduced a better hope, by which we are brought near to God.
   
RF HEB 7:20 And therefore this was not done without an oath,
   
RF HEB 7:21 although they indeed became priests without an oath; but He with an oath by Him Who said to Him: THE LORD SWORE AND WILL NOT ALTER, You ARE AN ETERNAL PRIEST.
   
RF HEB 7:22 By which a very much better settlement came, secured by Jesus.
   
RF HEB 7:23 And, indeed, they were many who became priests, because they were prevented permanently remaining through death.
   
RF HEB 7:24 But He, by continuing for ever, holds the continuous Priesthood;
   
RF HEB 7:25 and so is able to perfectly save those coming to God through Him, always living to rectify on their behalf.
   
RF HEB 7:26 For such a High Priest—Who is holy, good, pure, free from sins, and Who has become higher than the heavens—befits us;
   
RF HEB 7:27 Who has no need every day, as those high priests, to first offer a sacrifice for His own sins, then for those of the people —for He did this once for all, offering Himself.
   
RF HEB 7:28 For the law appointed men high priests who were weak; but the word of the oath, surpassing the law, a perfected Son for ever.
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1. Psa 110:4
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