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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.

   
GSNT REV 2:1

"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: " 'He who holds the seven stars in his right hand and goes about among the seven gold lampstands speaks thus:

   
GSNT REV 2:2 I know what you have done; your hard work and your endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, and that you have tested those who claimed to be apostles when they were not, and have found them to be impostors.
   
GSNT REV 2:3 You show endurance; you have undergone much for my sake, and you have not grown weary.
   
GSNT REV 2:4 But I hold it against you that you do not love as you did at first.
   
GSNT REV 2:5 So remember how far you have fallen, and repent and do as you did at first, or else I will come to you and take your lampstand from its place, if you do not repent.
   
GSNT REV 2:6 But it is in your favor that you hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, as I do.
   
GSNT REV 2:7 Let everyone who can hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will permit him who is victorious to eat the fruit of the tree of life that stands in the Paradise of God.'
   
GSNT REV 2:8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: " 'The first and the last, who died and came to life again, speaks thus:
   
GSNT REV 2:9 I know of your distress and poverty—though you are rich!—I know how you are slandered by those who claim to be Jews when they are not so, but only a synagogue of Satan!
   
GSNT REV 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are going to suffer. See! The devil is going to put some of you into prison to be tested there, and for ten days to endure persecution. Prove faithful even unto death and I will give you the crown of life.
   
GSNT REV 2:11 Let everyone who can hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. He who is victorious will not be hurt by the second death.'
   
GSNT REV 2:12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: " 'He who wields the sharp, double-edged sword speaks thus:
   
GSNT REV 2:13 I know where you live; where Satan has his throne! Yet you cling to my name and did not renounce your faith in me even in the days when my faithful Antipas, my witness, was put to death among you—where Satan lives.
   
GSNT REV 2:14 Yet I hold it somewhat against you that you have among you some adherents of the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entrap the children of Israel into eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, and into immoral practices.
   
GSNT REV 2:15 So you also have among you some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
   
GSNT REV 2:16 So repent, or else I will come to you quickly and make war upon them with the sword that is in my mouth.
   
GSNT REV 2:17 Let everyone who can hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give him who is victorious some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white pebble with a new name written on it which no one knows except the man who receives it.'
   
GSNT REV 2:18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: " 'The Son of God, whose eyes blaze like fire, and whose feet are like bronze, speaks thus:
   
GSNT REV 2:19 I know the things you do, your love and faithfulness and helpfulness and endurance, and I know that you are now doing more than you did at first.
   
GSNT REV 2:20 But I hold it against you that you tolerate that Jezebel of a woman who claims to be inspired and who is misleading my slaves and teaching them to practice immorality and to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols.
   
GSNT REV 2:21 I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her immorality.
   
GSNT REV 2:22 See! I am going to lay her on a sick bed, and to bring great distress upon those who share her immorality, unless they repent of her practices,
   
GSNT REV 2:23 and I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches men's hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you for what you have done.
   
GSNT REV 2:24 But to the rest of you at Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching and have not learned the "deep things" of Satan, as they call them—to you I say, I have no fresh burden to lay on you,
   
GSNT REV 2:25 but keep hold of what you have, until I come.
   
GSNT REV 2:26 To him who is victorious and continues to the end to do the things that please me, I will give authority over the heathen—
   
GSNT REV 2:27 just such authority as I received from my Father; he will shepherd them with an iron staff and shatter them like earthen jars!—
   
GSNT REV 2:28 and I will give him the morning star.
   
GSNT REV 2:29 Let everyone who can hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.'
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