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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 5:1

Warning to the Rich.
Now, come on, you rich! weep and howl over your hastening miseries!

   
RF JAM 5:2 Your hoarded wealth is rotten; your mantles have become moth-eaten.
   
RF JAM 5:3 Your gold and your silver are rusted through; and their rust shall become an evidence against you, and will consume your flesh. You have heaped up as for a fire at the end of your days.
   
RF JAM 5:4 Listen! the wages of the workmen who have cultivated your estates, fraudulently detained by you, cries; and the complaints of the reapers have entered the ears of the LORD of Hosts.
   
RF JAM 5:5 You have luxuriated, and taken your ease upon the earth; you have nursed your hearts in a time of festivity.
   
RF JAM 5:6 You have convicted, you have murdered the Just One. He did not resist you!
   
RF JAM 5:7 The Near Approach of the Lord Jesus.
However, have patience, brethren, until the appearance of the Lord. Look at the farmer, expecting the precious produce of the earth, waiting for it patiently, until he may receive both the early and the late.
   
RF JAM 5:8 Be you also patient; fortify your hearts: because the appearance of the Lord approaches.
   
RF JAM 5:9 Do not, brethren, complain against one another; so that you may not be condemned. See! the Judge has already stationed Himself at the gates!
   
RF JAM 5:10 Take, brethren, as a model of suffering, and of patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We consider them happy for having borne miseries.
   
RF JAM 5:11 You have heard of suffering Job; and you see the object of the Lord, that the Lord is very pitiful and merciful.
   
RF JAM 5:12 On False Swearing.
But before all, my brethren, do not swear, neither by the heavens, nor by the earth, nor any other kind of oath: but let your yes be yes; and your no, no; so that you may not fall under a sentence.
   
RF JAM 5:13 Sundry Personal Exhortations.
Is any one among you in distress? Let him pray. Is any one happy? Let him sing praise.
   
RF JAM 5:14 Is any one among you sick? Let him summon the elders of the assembly; and they will pray over him, applying to him oil with the power of the Lord,
   
RF JAM 5:15 and the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him; and if he should have committed sin, it shall be removed from him.
   
RF JAM 5:16 Confess therefore your faults to one another, and plead for one another; and in order that you may be cured. Very powerfully productive is the prayer of a righteous man.
   
RF JAM 5:17 Elijah was a man who was suffering like us, and with a prayer he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and no rain fell upon the land for the space of three years and six months.
   
RF JAM 5:18 And he earnestly prayed again; when the sky gave rain and the land yielded its produce.
   
RF JAM 5:19 My brethren, if any of you should stray from the truth, and one can turn him back;
   
RF JAM 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from his wandering way will save that soul from death, and prevent a multitude of sins.
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