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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 22:1

He also pointed out to me a river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing in the centre of its broad-way out from the throne of God and of the Lamb;

   
RF REV 22:2 and a tree of life, producing twelve crops, with the river on both sides. Each month yielded its own crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
   
RF REV 22:3 And no accursed thing shall any longer exist. And the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it: and His servants shall serve Him,
   
RF REV 22:4 and shall look upon His face; and His name shall be upon their foreheads.
   
RF REV 22:5 Night shall exist no longer; and they have no need of lamp-light, nor sunlight, for the Lord God shall illuminate them; and they shall reign through the eternities of the eternities.
   
RF REV 22:6 The Speedy Return of the Lord.
After this he said to me: 'These statements are trustworthy and true; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His messenger to make known to His servants what must come quickly.
   
RF REV 22:7 And behold, I come soon! Happy is the keeper of the statements of the prophecy of this book."
   
RF REV 22:8 Concluding Address.
And I, John, heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen, I bowed down to pay homage at the feet of the messenger who made them known to me.
   
RF REV 22:9 But he exclaimed to me, "Refrain from it; I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who preserve the statements of this book. Worship God."
   
RF REV 22:10 He further said to me, "Do not seal up the statements of the prophecy of this book; for the period is at hand.
   
RF REV 22:11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is vile, let him be vile still; he who is righteous, let him practice righteousness still; and he is who is holy, let him be holy still,' '
   
RF REV 22:12 "Behold, I come soon! and My wages are with Me, to pay to each as his own work is.
   
RF REV 22:13 I, the Alpha and the Omega; the First and the Last; the Beginning and the End.
   
RF REV 22:14 "Happy are those who wash their robes, so that they may be allowed to approach the tree of life, and to enter into the city by its gates.
   
RF REV 22:15 Outside are the dogs, and the magicians, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one loving and making a lie.
   
RF REV 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent My Messenger to you, to declare these events in the assemblies. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the radiant, the Morning Star."
   
RF REV 22:17 The Lords Last Invitation to the Unsaved.
"And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let the hearer respond 'Come!' And he who is thirsty, let him come; whoever may desire, let him accept the water of life for nothing."
   
RF REV 22:18 The Last Solemn Warning.
I certify to every one listening to the statements of the prophecy of this book—If any one shall make an addition to it, God shall lay upon him the plagues which are recorded in this book;
   
RF REV 22:19 and if any one shall take away from the statements of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his portion from the tree of life, and from the city of holiness described in this book.
   
RF REV 22:20 The last Promise of Jesus to the Church.
He who witnessed these things says, "Yes; I am coming soon. "So be it; come, Lord Jesus!"
   
RF REV 22:21 The blessing of the Lord Jesus continue with the holy. Amen.
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(Written by the Apostle John, during his banishment on the island of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea, about the year 96 A.D.)
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