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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 3:1

On Bridling the Tounge.
Do not be all teachers, my brethren, because you know that we shall undergo a severe examination;

   
RF JAM 3:2 for we all err in many ways. If any one can guard against slips in conversation, he is a perfect man, able also to restrain his whole body.
   
RF JAM 3:3 When we put bits into the mouths of the horses, so as to render them obedient to us, we also control their whole body.
   
RF JAM 3:4 Observe also the ships, although they are so large, and are tossed about by rough winds, are yet by means of a very small rudder turned in whatever direction the steersman may determine,
   
RF JAM 3:5 So the tongue, although a small organ, is nevertheless a great boaster! See also how the tiniest spark may kindle the mightiest forest!
   
RF JAM 3:6 And the tongue is a fire—a universe of wickedness! The tongue encamps in the midst of our organs, plundering the whole body, and firing the course of creation, and is set on fire by hell!
   
RF JAM 3:7 For every species of wild beasts, as well as birds, with reptiles and fishes, has been tamed and can be tamed by the human genius;
   
RF JAM 3:8 but no men have ever been able to tame the tongue! an undisciplined evil, full of deadly poison.
   
RF JAM 3:9 With it we praise the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, created in the likeness of God,
   
RF JAM 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, it is not right for these things to be so.
   
RF JAM 3:11 Does the fountain from the same cleft discharge both the sweet and the bitter?
   
RF JAM 3:12 Can a fig-tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine, figs? Neither can salt produce sweet water.
   
RF JAM 3:13 The Proof of Wisdom.
Who is wise and intelligent among you? Let him exhibit it by the nobility of his conduct, with unobtrusive wisdom.
   
RF JAM 3:14 But if you have bitter emulation and rivalry in your hearts, however, do not boast nor lie against this truth.
   
RF JAM 3:15 Such philosophy is not that descending from above; but is, on the contrary, earthly, animal, demoniacal.
   
RF JAM 3:16 For where jealousy and rivalry exist, there are also discord, and all vile practices.
   
RF JAM 3:17 But the wisdom which is from above is first pure, then peaceable, decorous, docile, full of pity and fruits of beneficence; not censorious, unpretentious.
   
RF JAM 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, for the benefit of those who cultivate peace.
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