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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 JAM 2:1

On Partiality.
Do not, my brethren, regard the majestic faith of our Lord Jesus Christ as an instrument to flatter with!

   
RF JAM 2:2 For should there enter your assembly a man wearing gold rings and splendid clothing, and there should enter at the same time a poor man in ragged attire;
   
RF JAM 2:3 and you pay attention to him who has the splendid dress, saying, "Take a seat there in the place of honour," and to the poor man say, "You can stand there, or crouch under my footstool":
   
RF JAM 2:4 does this not prove your partiality, and a readiness to arbitrate with wicked bias?
   
RF JAM 2:5 Listen, my dear brethren: Has not God chosen the poor from a worldly point of view, yet rich in faith, as inheritors of the Kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?
   
RF JAM 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not the rich exceedingly oppress you, and themselves drag you to the law-courts?
   
RF JAM 2:7 Do they not slander that noble Name by which you are distinguished!
   
RF JAM 2:8 If, however, you observe the royal law, according to the scripture, You SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOUR OWN SELF,1 you will do well;
   
RF JAM 2:9 but if you show partiality, you are guilty of sin, being convicted by that law as culprits.
   
RF JAM 2:10 Because whoever may keep the whole law, yet should transgress against one part, may become entangled with all;
   
RF JAM 2:11 for He Who said, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, also said, Do NOT MURDER.2 Now, although you do not commit adultery, but become a murderer, you thereby become a breaker of law.
   
RF JAM 2:12 So speak, and so act, then, as these about to be tried by means of a law of liberty.
   
RF JAM 2:13 For justice is merciless to him who has not practiced mercy; but mercy.
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1. Lev 19.18
2. Ex 20.13-14
   
RF JAM 2:14 Living Faith Contrasted with Dead Faith.
What advantage is it, my brothers, if a man should say he has faith, but fails to bring it into practice? Such faith is not able to save him.
   
RF JAM 2:15 For if to a brother or sister in distress, and destitute of daily food,
   
RF JAM 2:16 any one of you should say, "Oh, I am so sorry for you go away; I hope you will get warmed and fed"; but does not give to them what is necessary for the bodily needs, what is the advantage?
   
RF JAM 2:17 In the same way, the faith which is not brought into practice, is in itself dead.
   
RF JAM 2:18 But, on the other hand, some may say, "You have faith; I am myself a worker." " Let me see your faith apart from its results; and I will illustrate the faith to you by means of my actions."
   
RF JAM 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do right—the demons also believe, and shudder.
   
RF JAM 2:20 But do you want to know, you vain man, that faith unaccompanied by results is worthless?
   
RF JAM 2:21 Was not our forefather Abraham approved as righteous from the fact that he offered up his own son Isaac upon the altar?
   
RF JAM 2:22 Thus you see his faith co-operated with his actions; and from his actions his faith was perfected;
   
RF JAM 2:23 and the scripture was fulfilled which says: ABRAHAM TRUSTED TO GOD, AND IT WAS PAID TO HIM IN RIGHTEOUSNESS; 1 and he was called a FRIEND of GOD.2
   
RF JAM 2:24 You see then that a man is made righteous by means of actions, and not merely by means of faith.
   
RF JAM 2:25 And in the same way, was not Rahab the innkeeper also made righteous by actions, inasmuch as she welcomed the Messengers, and dispatched them by another road?
   
RF JAM 2:26 Because, as the body without breath is lifeless, in the same way, the faith apart from action is also lifeless.
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1. Gen 15.6
2. Isa 41.8
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