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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 18:1

After this, I saw another angel descending from the heaven, possessing great authority: and the earth was illuminated with his majesty. And a with a voice of strength he exclaimed:

   
RF REV 18:2 "Babylon the great has fallen, has fallen!
And has become a refuge of demons;
A haunt for every malign spirit;
And a hold for every filthy and hateful bird.
   
RF REV 18:3 "Because every nation has been made drunk by her with the fury of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; and the merchants of the earth have been enriched by the power of her luxury.'
   
RF REV 18:4 Then I heard another voice from the heaven, saying, "Come out of her, My people!—that you may not be partakers with her sins, and that you may not become recipients of her plagues:
   
RF REV 18:5 for her sins are piled up as high as heaven; and God has remembered her wickedness.
   
RF REV 18:6 Repay to her what she has given; and redouble it in accordance with her doings. The cup which she has poisoned, poison it double for her.
   
RF REV 18:7 As she has glorified herself, and luxuriated, give her in the same way torment and anguish; because in her heart she says, 'I sit a queen; I am not a widow, and shall never see suffering.'
   
RF REV 18:8 Because of this, in a single hour, her plagues have come!—death, anguish, and famine, and to be burnt in fire; because God her Judge is mighty!
   
RF REV 18:9 "And the kings of the earth who committed fornication and luxuriated with her shall weep and wail over her, when they see the smoke of her burning.
   
RF REV 18:10 Standing afar in fear of her torment, they shall cry: 'Alas! alas! the great city Babylon, the mighty city! How has your judgment come in a single hour!'
   
RF REV 18:11 'The merchants of the earth shall weep and grieve for her, because of their cargo none buys anymore;
   
RF REV 18:12 their cargo of gold, and of silver, and jewels, and pearls, and cotton, and purple, and silk, and scarlet; and all sweet wood, and ivory toys, and all products of costly wood; and of brass, and of iron, and marble;
   
RF REV 18:13 and cinnamon, and cloves, and scents, and myrrh; and incense, and wine, and oil; and fine flour, and wheat; and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and carriages; and bodies and souls of men!
   
RF REV 18:14 And the season for delighting in the lusts your soul desired is gone from you; and the dazzle and splendour are perished from you; nor shall they be found again.
   
RF REV 18:15 "The traders in them who were enriched by her will stand afar off in terror of her torment, crying, grieving,
   
RF REV 18:16 and exclaiming:' Alas! alas! the great city! she was clad in cotton, and purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold, and jewels, and pearls!
   
RF REV 18:17 How, in a single hour, has all this wealth withered!' And every ship owner, and pilot, and sailor, and trader by sea, stood at a distance,
   
RF REV 18:18 and cried, watching the smoke of her burning, exclaiming: 'What could be compared to the great city!'
   
RF REV 18:19 "And they will throw dust upon their heads, shouting, crying, and grieving, exclaiming, 'Alas! alas! the great city, in which all who had ships in the sea were enriched from her treasures!
   
RF REV 18:20 How in one hour has she become a desert!' " Rejoice over her, heaven, and the saints, and the apostles, and the prophets! because God has decided to execute the judgment upon her for you."
   
RF REV 18:21 Then a single powerful angel took up a stone, like a large millstone, and threw into the sea, saying: "Thus with a crash shall Babylon, the great city, be dashed down, and never be found again!
   
RF REV 18:22 And the sound of the harpers, and musicians, and pipers, and trumpeters shall never again be heard in you; and any workman shall never again be found in you; and the sound Of a mill shall never again be heard in you.
   
RF REV 18:23 "And light of a lamp shall never again shine in you; and voice of a bridegroom and bride shall never again be heard in you; although your merchants were the princes of the earth: because by your poisonous charm all nations were deluded.
   
RF REV 18:24 And in her was found blood of prophets, and saints, and of all those murdered upon the earth."
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