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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 2:1

To the Assembly in Ephesus.
To the messenger to the assembly in Ephesus write: "Thus says the Controller of the seven stars by His right hand; Who walks in the centre of the seven golden lampstands:

   
RF REV 2:2 I know your position, your industry, and your patience; and that you cannot endure those who are wicked; that you have put to the test those who have called themselves apostles, and are not, and have found them false;
   
RF REV 2:3 and you have had patience, and have suffered because of My Name, and have not failed.
   
RF REV 2:4 I have, however, a charge against you—that you have forsaken your first love!
   
RF REV 2:5 Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen, and be repentant, and practice your former works; failing which, and unless you alter your minds, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place.
   
RF REV 2:6 You have this to your account, however, that you hate the practices of the corrupters of the people, which I Myself also hate.
   
RF REV 2:7 "Whoever has an ear, let him listen to what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the conqueror I will give to eat from the tree of life which grows in the garden of God."
   
RF REV 2:8 To the Assembly in Smyrna.
To the messenger to the assembly in Smyrna write: "Thus says the First and the Last, Who became dead, yet lives:
   
RF REV 2:9 I know your affliction and poverty—you are nevertheless rich—and the insolence of those who assert themselves to be Jews, and are not, but are, on the contrary, a synagogue of Satan.
   
RF REV 2:10 Never fear what you are about to endure; for the Devil is about to imprison some of you, in order that you may be tried; and for ten days you shall be tortured by affliction. Be faithful even to death, and I will grant you the crown of life.
   
RF REV 2:11 "Whoever has an ear, let him listen to what the Spirit says to the assemblies. The conqueror shall never be injured by the second death."
   
RF REV 2:12 The The Assembly in Pergamos.
To the messenger to the assembly in Pergamos write: "Thus says the possessor of the sharp, double-edged sword:
   
RF REV 2:13 I know where you dwell—where the throne of Satan is. Yet you have preserved My Name, and have not denied My faith, even in the time of Antipas My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells
   
RF REV 2:14 I have nevertheless a little against you, because you have there some who are holders of the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to place a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, by eating idol offerings and indulging in fornication.
   
RF REV 2:15 Thus you have also some who are holders of the teaching like that of the corrupters of the people.
   
RF REV 2:16 Be repentant, therefore; failing which, I will speedily come to you, and I will wage war against them with the sword which is in my sheath.
   
RF REV 2:17 "Whoever has an ear to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the conqueror I will give some of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white token, and a new name inscribed upon the token, which none but the receiver can understand.
   
RF REV 2:18 To the Assembly in Thyratira.
To the messenger to the assembly in Thyatira write: "Thus says the Son of God, Who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass;
   
RF REV 2:19 I know your position, your love, and faith, and service, and endurance; and that your latter efforts are in advance of the first.
   
RF REV 2:20 Against you, however, I have to say that you allow that woman Jezebel, who palms herself off as a prophetess, to teach and pervert My servants to fornicate, and to eat idol-offerings.
   
RF REV 2:21 I have, however, given her an opportunity to repent; yet she has no desire to give up her fornication.
   
RF REV 2:22 Look! I will throw her into a bed, and these committing adultery with her I will visit with severe affliction, if they do not turn away their minds from her practices.
   
RF REV 2:23 I will also kill her followers by death; and all the assemblies shall recognize that I am the Searcher of the minds and hearts; and I will reward each one of you according to your doings.
   
RF REV 2:24 To you I say, however—to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not embraced this teaching, who have not explored the depths of Satan, as they say—I will impose no other burden upon you,
   
RF REV 2:25 except that which you have; keep it safe until I come.
   
RF REV 2:26 The conqueror also, and the keeper of My institutions to the end—to him I will give a governorship over the heathen.
   
RF REV 2:27 He shall shape them with an iron rod, as vessels of clay are tempered together; as I Myself was instructed by My Father.
   
RF REV 2:28 And I will present to him the morning star.
   
RF REV 2:29 "Whoever has an ear, let him listen to what the Spirit says to the assemblies."
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