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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.

   
MFT JAM 1:1

James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: greeting.

   
MFT JAM 1:2 Greet it as pure joy, my brothers, when you come across any sort of trial,
   
MFT JAM 1:3 sure that the sterling temper of your faith produces endurance;
   
MFT JAM 1:4 only, let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect.
   
MFT JAM 1:5 Whoever of you is defective in wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men without question or reproach, and the gift will be his.
   
MFT JAM 1:6 Only, let him ask in faith, with never a doubt; for the doubtful man is like surge of the sea whirled and swayed by the wind;
   
MFT JAM 1:7 that man need not imagine he will get anything from God,
   
MFT JAM 1:8 double-minded creature that he is, wavering at every turn.
   
MFT JAM 1:9 Let a brother of low position exult when he is raised;
   
MFT JAM 1:10 but let one who is rich exult in being lowered; for the rich will pass away like the flower of the grass —
   
MFT JAM 1:11 up comes the sun with the scorching wind and withers the grass, its flower drops off, and the splendour of it is ruined: so shall the rich fade away amid their pursuits.
   
MFT JAM 1:12 Blessed is he who endures under trial; for when he has stood the test, he will gain the crown of life which is promised to all who love Him.
   
MFT JAM 1:13 Let no one who is tried by temptation say, 'My temptation comes from God'; God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he tempts no one.
   
MFT JAM 1:14 Everyone is tempted as he is beguiled and allured by his own desire;
   
MFT JAM 1:15 then Desire conceives and breeds Sin, while Sin matures and gives birth to Death.
   
MFT JAM 1:16 Make no mistake about this, my beloved brothers:
   
MFT JAM 1:17 all we are given is good, and all our endowments are faultless, descending from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who knows no change of rising and setting, who casts no shadow on the earth.
   
MFT JAM 1:18 It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures.
   
MFT JAM 1:19 Be sure of that, my beloved brothers. Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to talk, slow to be angry —
   
MFT JAM 1:20 for human anger does not promote divine righteousness;
   
MFT JAM 1:21 so clear away all the foul rank growth of malice, and make a soil of modesty for the Word which roots itself inwardly with power to save your souls.
   
MFT JAM 1:22 Act on the Word, instead of merely listening to it and deluding yourselves.
   
MFT JAM 1:23 For whoever listens and does nothing, is like a man who glances at his natural face in a mirror;
   
MFT JAM 1:24 he glances at himself, goes off, and at once forgets what he was like.
   
MFT JAM 1:25 Whereas he who gazes into the faultless law of freedom and remains in that position, proving himself to be no forgetful listener but an active agent, he will be blessed in his activity.
   
MFT JAM 1:26 Whoever considers he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is futile.
   
MFT JAM 1:27 Pure, unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself from the stain of the world.
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