rfbible logo image

Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
God's word is swift and powerful.

Must be logged in to use the editor.

Must be logged in to join the chat room here.

   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 4:1

The Origin of Dissensions.
Whence come wars? and whence come contentions among you? Are, they not from your vices fighting in your organs?

RF JAM 4:2 You lust for, and possess not; you murder, and quarrel; you fight and war, but cannot attain, You do not possess, because you do not pray;
RF JAM 4:3 you pray and do not receive, because you are praying wickedly, in order that you may expend upon your vices.
RF JAM 4:4 You adulteresses! do you not know that the friendship of the world is hostility to God? Whoever therefore determines to become a friend of the world, renders himself an enemy of God.
RF JAM 4:5 Or, do you think that the scripture says unmeaningly—The spirit which has established itself within us is strongly inclined towards malice?
RF JAM 4:6 But He gives a more valuable gift; therefore He says, GOD REPELS THE HAUGHTY, BUT GIVES A GIFT TO THE LOWLY.1
RF JAM 4:7 Subject yourselves therefore to God; but repel the Devil, and he will fly from you.
RF JAM 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you dissemblers.
RF JAM 4:9 Be distressed, and mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to dejection.
RF JAM 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
RF JAM 4:11 Do not, brethren, speak against one another. The slanderer of his brother defames the law, and judges the law. But if you criticize the law, you are is not a doer of law, but a critic.
RF JAM 4:12 The Law-giver and Judge are the same—the One who is able to save and to destroy; but you—who are you, to condemn your neighbour?
RF JAM 4:13 A Warning Against Presumption.
Come on now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to that city, and stay there a year; and we will trade and become rich."
RF JAM 4:14 "You, however, are not certain where your life may be tomorrow. For you are a vapour, visible for a while, and then disappearing.
RF JAM 4:15 Instead of that, you ought to say, "If the Lord should decide it, we shall both live and do this, or that."
RF JAM 4:16 But now you boast about your ambitions. All such boasting is wicked.
RF JAM 4:17 If you therefore know how to do well, and fail to do it, that itself is sin.
1. Pro 3.34

Copyright © 2014 This content is protected by copyright and may not be converted or disseminated in any form without written permission.