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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 4:1

Visions of Events which must come to pass.
After this I looked, and saw a door opened in the heaven; and the Voice that I had first heard like a blast speaking with me said, "Come up here and I will show you what must happen."

   
RF REV 4:2 After that I immediately became inspired; and observed a throne set in the heaven, and upon the throne an Occupant.
   
RF REV 4:3 And the Occupant in appearance resembled in brilliancy a jasper and a sardius stone; and the throne was encircled with a rainbow like the sparkling of an emerald.
   
RF REV 4:4 And surrounding the throne were twenty-four thrones; and seated upon these thrones twenty-four elders, clad in white robes, with golden crowns upon their heads.
   
RF REV 4:5 And from out of the throne proceeded Lightnings, and Voices, and Thunders. And seven fiery lamps burned before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
   
RF REV 4:6 And in front of the throne was like a transparent sea, resembling crystal; and in the centre of the throne, and around the throne, four Beings, full of intelligence as to what is before and what is behind.
   
RF REV 4:7 The first Being resembled a lion; the second Being resembled a bullock; the third Being had the face as of a man; and the fourth Being resembled a flying eagle.
   
RF REV 4:8 And the four Beings, each individually, possessed six wings around and beneath full of eyes. And they have not rest day nor night, exclaiming:
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
Who was, and Who is, and Who comes."
   
RF REV 4:9 And when the Beings give praise, and honour, and thanks, to the Occupant of the Throne, Who lives for ever and ever,
   
RF REV 4:10 the twenty-four elders fall prostrate before the Occupant of the throne, and pay homage to Him Who lives for ever and ever; and they cast their crowns before the throne, exclaiming,
   
RF REV 4:11 "You, our Lord and our God, are worthy to receive the majesty, and the honour, and the might; for You have created all things; and for Your purpose they were and are created."
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