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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 12:1

Afterwards a great sign appeared in heaven: a Woman clad with the sun; and the moon beneath her feet; and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

   
RF REV 12:2 And she was with child: and cried, agonized and tormented to bring forth.
   
RF REV 12:3 Then another sign was seen in the heaven: a great red dragon, possessing seven heads and ten horns; and upon his heads seven crowns.
   
RF REV 12:4 And his tail swept down the third of the stars of the sky, and threw them upon the earth. And the dragon placed himself before the woman who was about to be delivered; so that when she was delivered he might devour her child.
   
RF REV 12:5 And she bore a son, a man who will rule with an iron rod all the nations. And her child was conveyed up towards God, and towards His throne;
   
RF REV 12:6 but the woman fled to the desert, where God had a retreat prepared for her, so that they might feed her for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
   
RF REV 12:7 There was also war in the heaven: Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought;
   
RF REV 12:8 but they could not conquer, nor was a place longer found for them in the heaven.
   
RF REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown out—the old serpent, called the Devil, and Accuser, the deceiver of the whole of the habitable world,—was thrown to the earth; and his angels were thrown with him.
   
RF REV 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, exclaiming, "Now has come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God; and the authority of His Messiah: because the accuser of our brethren, who day and night accused them before God, has been thrown out.
   
RF REV 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the fact of their evidence; and they loved not their life better than death.
   
RF REV 12:12 Exult therefore, O heavens, and you who are sheltered in them! Woe to the earth, and to the sea! because the Devil has descended to you, in great fury, knowing that his time is short."
   
RF REV 12:13 But when the dragon found that he was thrown to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the man.
   
RF REV 12:14 The woman was, however, supplied with two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the desert, to her retreat, where she was fed for a time, and times, and half a time; away from the presence of the serpent.
   
RF REV 12:15 But the serpent vomited water from his mouth like a river, after the woman, so that she might be drowned in the stream.
   
RF REV 12:16 But the earth helped the woman; and the earth opened her mouth, and sucked up the river vomited from the mouth of the dragon.
   
RF REV 12:17 So the dragon was furious with the woman, and proceeded to wage war with the rest of her offspring —those who observe the commands of God, and cling to the evidence of Jesus.
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