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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 14:1

I looked, and saw the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion; and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name, and the name of His Father, written upon a their foreheads.

   
RF REV 14:2 Then I heard a voice from the heaven resembling the sound of many waters, and as the sound of loud thunder; then I heard the voice which was like harpers harping upon their harps.
   
RF REV 14:3 And they sang a new song before the throne, before the four Beings and the elders; but no one was able to learn that song, except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.
   
RF REV 14:4 These are they who were not polluted with women; for they are pure. These are the followers of the Lamb wherever He goes. These were purchased from among mankind, the first-fruit for God and for the Lamb.
   
RF REV 14:5 And in their mouth no falsehood was found; they are spotless.
   
RF REV 14:6 Then I saw anther angel flying in mid-air, having to announce the good tidings of an everlasting reward to these sitting upon the earth, and to every nation, and tribe, and language, and race; saying with a loud voice: '
   
RF REV 14:7 "Reverence God, and give Him honours because the hour of His judgment has arrived; therefore pay homage to the Maker of the heaven, and the earth, and sea, and springs of waters."
   
RF REV 14:8 Then another, a second, followed, exclaiming, "Babylon the great has fallen, has fallen! who made all the heathen drunk with the wine of her furious fornications!"
   
RF REV 14:9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice: "If any one pays homage to the beast and his image, and receives a mark upon his forehead, or upon his hand,
   
RF REV 14:10 he shall also drink of the wine of the fury of God, mixed undiluted in the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tortured with Divine fire in the sight of the holy angels, and in the sight of the Lamb;
   
RF REV 14:11 and the smoke of their torture shall rise up to the eternities! And those who pay homage to the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name, shall have no rest day or night.
   
RF REV 14:12 "However, there is consolation for the holy; these who keep the commands of God and the faith of Jesus.
   
RF REV 14:13 "I also heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, Happy are the dead who die in the Lord from now." "Yes," says the Spirit, "for they shall rest from their labours; and their works accompany them."
   
RF REV 14:14 Again I looked and saw a white cloud; and upon the cloud One sitting like a Son of Man, wearing a golden crown upon His head, and holding a sharp scythe in His hand.
   
RF REV 14:15 Then another angel coming out from the sanctuary, called with a loud voice to the One sitting upon the cloud, "Send out your scythe, and reap: for harvest time has come; because the harvest of the earth is over-ripe."
   
RF REV 14:16 So the One sitting upon the cloud swung His scythe over the ground; and the earth was reaped!
   
RF REV 14:17 Then another angel came out of the sanctuary which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp scythe.
   
RF REV 14:18 Then another angel from the altar, having authority over the fire, also spoke with a loud voice to him who had the sharp scythe, saying, "Send out your sharp scythe, and gather the grapes from the vine of the earth; because her grapes are over-ripe."
   
RF REV 14:19 So the angel swung his scythe over the earth, stripping the vine of the earth, and he threw into the great winepress of the fury of God.
   
RF REV 14:20 And the press was trodden outside the city; and blood issued from the press, up to the hones' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
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