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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 19:1

After this, I heard the mighty voice, as of a great throng in the heaven, exclaiming: "Hallelujah! the salvation, the majesty, and the might of our God!

   
RF REV 19:2 because His judgments are true and right; for He has convicted the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged the blood of His servants by her own hand!"
   
RF REV 19:3 And again they shouted "Hallelujah! for her smoke shall go up through the eternities of the eternities."
   
RF REV 19:4 And the twenty-four elders and the four Beings bowed, and paid homage to God, Who sits upon the throne, saying: "So be it; alleluia!"
   
RF REV 19:5 Then a voice came out from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all His servants!—you who reverence Him, the small and the great."
   
RF REV 19:6 I also heard, like the voice of a great throng, and as the sound of many waters, and as the sound of terrific thunders, saying:" Hallelujah! for the Lord God Almighty has reigned!
   
RF REV 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad, and give the honour to Him; for the marriage of the Lamb has come; and His wife has prepared herself.
   
RF REV 19:8 And it has been granted her to be robed in a pure radiant robe; for the robe is the righteousness of the holy."
   
RF REV 19:9 Then he said to me: "Write, Happy are these who are invited to the marriage supper Of the Lamb." And he further told me, "These are the true declarations of God."
   
RF REV 19:10 So I fell down at his feet to pay him homage. But he exclaimed, "Refrain from it! I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren who possess the evidence of Jesus. Worship God; for the evidence of Jesus is the life of preaching."
   
RF REV 19:11 I also saw the heaven opened: and a WHITE HORSE appeared, and its Rider Faithful and True; and in justice He declares and wages war.
   
RF REV 19:12 His eyes were like a fiery flame; and upon His head were many crowns. He had a name inscribed, which none except Himself could understand;
   
RF REV 19:13 and was dressed in a robe sprinkled with blood; and His appointed title is—THE WORD OF GOD.
   
RF REV 19:14 The armies in the heaven also followed Him upon white horses, dressed in fine, pure, white muslin.
   
RF REV 19:15 And he had a sharp sword drawn out of its sheath, so that with it He might smite the heathen. And He will govern them with an iron rod; and He will tread the winepress of the fury of the indignation of the All-ruling God.
   
RF REV 19:16 And upon His robe and upon His thigh was written a name, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
   
RF REV 19:17 Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun; and he shouted with a loud voice, calling to all the birds that fly in mid-air: "Come, be collected for the great banquet of God;
   
RF REV 19:18 so that you may devour the flesh of kings; the flesh of commanders; the flesh of the mighty; the flesh of horses and their riders; and flesh of all, both free and enslaved, small and great!"
   
RF REV 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, mustered to wage war against the Rider upon the horse, and against His army.
   
RF REV 19:20 But the beast was overpowered; and with him the false prophet who in his sight produced the wonders with which he deceived those who had received the brand of the beast, and those who adored his image. These two were thrown alive into the fiery Lake burning with Divine anger.
   
RF REV 19:21 And the remainder were slaughtered by the sword of the Rider upon the horse, which He drew from its sheath; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
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