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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 REV 10:1

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from the heaven, robed in a cloud. And the rainbow encircled his head; and his face like the sun; and his feet like pillars of fire;

   
RF REV 10:2 and holding in his hand a very small open book. And he placed his right foot upon the sea, but his left upon the land;
   
RF REV 10:3 while, with a loud voice, resembling the roaring of a lion, he roared. When he had cried, the seven thunders also uttered their voices.
   
RF REV 10:4 And when the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from the heaven, saying, "Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, and write it not."
   
RF REV 10:5 Then the angel whom I saw stationed upon the sea and upon the land lifted his right hand heavenward,
   
RF REV 10:6 and swore by Him living in the eternities of the eternities, Who created the heaven and what is in it, the earth and what it contains, and the sea and what is in it, that time should no longer intervene;
   
RF REV 10:7 but in the days of the speaking of the seventh angel, when he is ready to proclaim, then the secret of God will be completed according as He had promised to His own servants the prophets.
   
RF REV 10:8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven again spoke with me, and said, "Go, take the little open book which is in the hand of the angel stationed upon the sea and upon the land.
   
RF REV 10:9 "So I went to the angel, asking him to give me the very little book. And he said to me, "Take and eat it up; and it will embitter your stomach, although in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.
   
RF REV 10:10 "I accordingly took the very small book from the hand of the angel, and ate it up: and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey; but when I had swallowed it, my stomach was in torture.
   
RF REV 10:11 Then they said to me, "You must again prophesy against races, and nations, and languages, and many kings."
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