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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 13:1

And he stationed himself upon the sand of the sea. Then I saw a wild beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads blasphemous names.

RF REV 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard; but his feet as of a bear, while his mouth as the mouth of a lion. The dragon also invested him with his power, and his throne, and great authority.
RF REV 13:3 Yet one of his heads seemed as if wounded for death; but his deadly wound was healed. Therefore the whole earth was wondering after the beast;
RF REV 13:4 and they worshipped the dragon because he had transferred his authority to the beast: and worshipped the beast, saying, "Who is equal to the beast! who can wage war with him!
RF REV 13:5 "A mouth was also given to him, speaking boastfully and blasphemously; and he was endowed with authority to work for forty-two months.
RF REV 13:6 So he opened his mouth in slanders against God, to slander His name, and His tent, and those sheltered in heaven.
RF REV 13:7 He was also allowed to wage war with the holy, and to conquer them; and authority was granted to him over every tribe, and people, and language, and nation.
RF REV 13:8 And the whole of the inhabitants of the earth shall pay him homage, every one whose name has not been recorded in the Book of Life of the Lamb sacrificed from the foundation of the world.
RF REV 13:9 If any one has ears, let him hear! If any one would capture, he will be captured.
RF REV 13:10 If any one murders with the sword, with the sword he must be murdered. Here is the endurance and the faith of the holy.
RF REV 13:11 I also saw another beast come up out of the earth; who possessed two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon.
RF REV 13:12 And he exercised the whole of the authority of the first beast in his sight. He also subdued the earth and its inhabitants to serve the first beast whose deadly wound had been healed.
RF REV 13:13 He also produced great wonders, so that he could make fire descend from the sky to the earth in the sight of mankind.
RF REV 13:14 And he could deceive the inhabitants of the earth by the wonders which he has been allowed to produce in the sight of the beast; commanding the dwellers upon the earth, that they must raise an image in honour of the beast who had received the sword-thrust, and yet lived.
RF REV 13:15 Permission was granted him to infuse breath into the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause to be put to death whoever would not worship the image of the beast.
RF REV 13:16 He also forced all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, to receive a mark upon their right hand, or upon: their forehead;
RF REV 13:17 so that no one should be allowed to buy or sell, except those possessing that mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
RF REV 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let whoever has intelligence adjudge the number of the beast: the number is a human one; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

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