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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 11:1

Then he handed to me a reed like a measuring-rod, saying, "Rise up, and measure the sanctuary of God, and the altar, and those worshipping in it;

   
RF REV 11:2 but omit the outer court of the sanctuary, and measure it not, because it has been given to the nations; and they shall frequent the holy city forty-two months.
   
RF REV 11:3 And I will give to them My two witnesses, who shall preach for a period of one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.
   
RF REV 11:4 "They are the two olive-trees, and the two lamps placed in the sight of the Lord of the earth.
   
RF REV 11:5 "And if any one attempts to injure them, fire issues from their mouth, and will consume their enemies; and if any one should wish to injure them, thus he must be killed.
   
RF REV 11:6 These possess the power to close up the sky, so that no rain may fail during the period of their preaching; they have also power over the waters to convert them into blood, and to scourge the earth with every plague as often as they may desire.
   
RF REV 11:7 But when they shall have finished their evidence, the monster coming up from the abyss shall wage war with them, and conquer them, and slay them.
   
RF REV 11:8 And their corpses shall be exposed upon the market-place of the great city, which spiritually is named Sodom and Egypt; where also their Master was crucified.
   
RF REV 11:9 Then all persons from the races, and tribes, and languages, and nations, shall gaze upon their dead bodies for three days and a half, refusing to allow their corpses to be entombed.
   
RF REV 11:10 And the inhabitants of the earth will also exult over them and make merry; and they will send presents to one another; because these two prophets irritated the dwellers upon the earth.
   
RF REV 11:11 "But after three days and a half, a Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; then great terror fell upon those who watched them.
   
RF REV 11:12 They heard a loud voice from heaven calling to them, "Come up here!" So they ascended into the heaven into the cloud; and their enemies watched them.
   
RF REV 11:13 And at that very hour there was a mighty earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and seven thousand persons were killed in the earthquake; when the rest became terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
   
RF REV 11:14 The second woe is past. The third woe now speedily approaches.
   
RF REV 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded; when loud voices were heard in heaven which said, "The kingdom of the world has become that of our Lord and His Messiah; and He shall reign in the eternities of the eternities.
   
RF REV 11:16 "And the twenty-four elders who sit upon their thrones in the sight of God fell upon their faces, and paid homage to God, exclaiming,
   
RF REV 11:17 "We give thanks to You, O Lord God, the Almighty, Who is, and Who was, because You have taken Your great power, and have reigned.
   
RF REV 11:18 And the heathen raged; but Your anger has come, and the time for the trying of the dead; and the rewarding of Your own servants, and the prophets, and the holy, and those who reverence Your Name, both the small and the great; and to destroy the destroyers of the earth."
   
RF REV 11:19 Then the sanctuary of God in the heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant was seen in the sanctuary. And there came lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.
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