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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 9:1 The first, however, had expiatory services with holy adornment.
   
RF HEB 9:2 For a tabernacle was first constructed, in which were the lamp, and the table, and the presentation of the loaves
   
RF HEB 9:3 which were called the Holies; and within it the second veiled tabernacle named the Holy of Holies,
   
RF HEB 9:4 having a golden incense altar, and the ark of the covenant plated everywhere with gold, in which were the golden jar holding the manna, and the blossoming rod of Aaron, and the records of the settlement;
   
RF HEB 9:5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat —to which this is merely an allusion.
   
RF HEB 9:6 And being thus furnished with these, the priest performing the services always entered the first tabernacle;
   
RF HEB 9:7 but into the second, the High Priest alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for the forgetfulness of himself and of the people.
   
RF HEB 9:8 The Holy Spirit thus indicating that the way for the holy was not yet to be made visible while the first tabernacle was standing,
   
RF HEB 9:9 which was a representative to the then existing time; while gifts and sacrifices were offered, unable to perfect the worshippers' conscience,
   
RF HEB 9:10 only consisting of food and drink, and different washings, and bodily purifications, until a time of rectification arrived.
   
RF HEB 9:11 But Messiah having arrived, a High Priest of the benefits that are coming through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands, that is not of this creation;
   
RF HEB 9:12 not with the blood of goats and bulls, but with His own blood, has entered once for all into the Holy place, having found an eternal redemption.
   
RF HEB 9:13 For if the blood Of bulls and of goats, and ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the participators, could consecrate for the purification of the body;
   
RF HEB 9:14 how much rather can the blood of the Messiah, Who through an eternal Spirit offered Himself spotless to God, cleanse our conscience from dead rituals to serve a living God!
   
RF HEB 9:15 And by means of this He is an intermediary of a new settlement; so that as a death was made for redemption from transgressions under the first settlement, those called for the eternal inheritance might receive the promise.
   
RF HEB 9:16 For where there is a settlement, it is necessary that the settler should have been carried off by death;
   
RF HEB 9:17 because a settlement comes into force after death, for it never has effect while the settler lives.
   
RF HEB 9:18 Whence neither the former was renewed without blood;
   
RF HEB 9:19 for every command of the law having been repeated by Moses to all the people, he, taking the blood of bulls and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, sprinkled the book itself, as well as all the people,
   
RF HEB 9:20 saying: THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE SETTLEMENT WHICH GOD HAS CONCLUDED WITH YOU.
   
RF HEB 9:21 And he sprinkled in the same way with the blood the tabernacle, and all the instruments of the service.
   
RF HEB 9:22 And almost everything under the law was purified by blood; and without shedding of blood no remission came.
   
RF HEB 9:23 Therefore, as these representatives of the heavenly things were purified, it was necessary that the heavenly themselves also by a better sacrifice than they.
   
RF HEB 9:24 For Messiah entered not into a hand-made sanctuary, a representation of the true; but into the heaven itself, where He now appears for us in the presence of God.
   
RF HEB 9:25 Yet not so that He might offer Himself often, as the High Priest entering the sanctuary yearly with blood of another;
   
RF HEB 9:26 for then He must often have suffered since the foundation of the universe. But now once for all, at the consummation of the ages, He has been manifested to abolish sin through the sacrifice of Himself.
   
RF HEB 9:27 And in as-much as it is appointed to men to die once, but after that a judgment:
   
RF HEB 9:28 thus also Messiah, having offered Himself once to take away sins from the many, will manifest Himself a second time, apart from sins, for the salvation of those expecting Him.
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