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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 8:1

And this is the sum total of these reasoning's: We have such a High Priest, Who sits by right upon the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

   
RF HEB 8:2 a Minister of the Sacred Rites, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
   
RF HEB 8:3 For every High Priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this One should also have something He might offer.
   
RF HEB 8:4 If, therefore, He were upon earth, He could never be a Priest —those existing to offer gifts according to law;
   
RF HEB 8:5 who serve as a sketch and a shadow of the heavenly, as Moses was commanded when about to complete the tabernacle. For TAKE CARE, He Said, YOU MAKE ALL ACCORDING TO THE MODEL SHOWN TO YOU IN THE MOUNTAIN.1
   
RF HEB 8:6 But now He performs a far better service, inasmuch as He is the Mediator of a better settlement, which is enacted upon better promises.
   
RF HEB 8:7 For if that first had been faultless, He would not have sought a place for a second. For He says, reproaching them:
   
RF HEB 8:8 SEE, THE DAYS COME, SAYS THE LORD,
WHEN I WILL COMPLETE WITH ISRAEL'S HOUSE
AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH A NEW SETTLEMENT;
   
RF HEB 8:9 NOT LIKE THE SETTLEMENT MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS,
IN THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM WITH MY HAND,
TO LEAD FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT,
WHEN THEY REMAINED NOT IN MY PLAN,
AND I WAS SORRY FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD:
   
RF HEB 8:10 THIS, THEN, IS THE SETTLEMENT I WILL MAKE
WITH ISRAEL'S HOUSE
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD,
INTO THEIR UNDERSTANDING PUT MY LAWS,
AND ON THEIR HEARTS I WILL WRITE THEM,
AND I WILL BE A GOD TO THEM,
AND THEY A PEOPLE BE TO ME:
   
RF HEB 8:11 NOR EACH SHALL TEACH HIS FRIEND,
AND EACH HIS BROTHER, SAYING, "KNOW THE LORD";
FOR EVERYONE SHALL UNDERSTAND ME,
FROM THE LEAST UP TO THEIR GREATEST.
   
RF HEB 8:12 FOR I WILL PITY THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS.
NOT REMIND THEM OF THEIR SINS.2
   
RF HEB 8:13 In saying, A NEW, He has made the first old; but the old and aged is nearly gone.
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1. Exod 25:40
2. Jer 31:31-34
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