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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 20:1

The Millennium and Afterwards.
Then I saw an angel descending from the heaven, having the key of the pit, and a great chain in his hand.

   
RF REV 20:2 And he overpowered the dragon, the old Serpent, who is the Devil, and Satan, and secured him for a thousand years;
   
RF REV 20:3 and hurled him into the pit, and closed and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer deceive the nations until the completion of the thousand years. After this, he must be liberated for a short time.
   
RF REV 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat upon them; and a charge was given to them and the souls of these who had been beheaded because of the evidence of Jesus, and because of the Message of God; and whoever had not paid homage to the beast, nor his image, and had not received his mark upon their forehead and upon their hand—that they should live and reign with Christ a thousand years.
   
RF REV 20:5 (The remainder of the dead will not live until the completion of the thousand years.)
   
RF REV 20:6 This is the first resurrection. Happy and holy is the participator in the first resurrection!—over these the second death has no authority; but they shall be ministers of God and of the Messiah, and they reign with Him a thousand years.
   
RF REV 20:7 And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be liberated from his prison;
   
RF REV 20:8 and shall come out to deceive the nations who are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to muster them to the war: their number being as the sand of the sea.
   
RF REV 20:9 And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and encircled the fortress of the holy, and the beloved city. Then fire out of heaven descended and consumed them.
   
RF REV 20:10 And the Devil who deceived them was hurled into the lake of Divine fire, where also were the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tortured day and night through the ages of the ages.
   
RF REV 20:11 The Judgment at the Great White Throne and the Second Death.
Then I saw a great white throne, and Him who sat on it, from Whose presence the earth and the sky fled; and no place was found for them.
   
RF REV 20:12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, stationed in sight of the throne; and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is that of Life. And the dead were judged according to their actions from the entries in the books.
   
RF REV 20:13 The sea also delivered up the dead who were in it; and Death and the Grave delivered up the dead who were in them; and each of them was judged according to his doings.
   
RF REV 20:14 Then Death and the Grave were thrown into the lake of fire: that is the second death—the lake of fire.
   
RF REV 20:15 And if any one was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
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