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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 5:1

I also saw upon the right hand of the Occupant of the throne a book written inside and outside, sealed down with seven seals.

   
RF REV 5:2 And I observed a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?"
   
RF REV 5:3 And no one in the heaven, or upon the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, nor yet to gaze upon it.
   
RF REV 5:4 And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book; or even to gaze at it.
   
RF REV 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep; see the Lion out of the tribe of Judah, of the Root of David, has succeeded in opening the book with its seven seals."
   
RF REV 5:6 I also saw in the intervening space, between the throne and the four Beings, and in the centre of the elders, a Lamb placed, as having been sacrificed, possessing seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the Spirits of God, sent out throughout all the earth
   
RF REV 5:7 And He came, and took it from the right hand of the Occupant of the throne;
   
RF REV 5:8 and when He had taken the book, the four Beings and the twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden censers full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the holy.
   
RF REV 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying:
"You are worthy to take the book, And to open its seals;
Because You were sacrificed,
And have purchased by Your blood for God
From every tribe, and language, and people, and nation;
   
RF REV 5:10 And have made them into a kingdom and priests for our God;
And they will reign over the earth."
   
RF REV 5:11 And I saw, and I heard a sound of many angels round about the throne, and Of the Beings, and of the elders: and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands;
   
RF REV 5:12 shouting with a loud voice, "Worthy is the sacrificed Lamb to receive the power, and wealth, and wisdom, and might, and honour, and majesty, and celebrity!"
   
RF REV 5:13 And everything created existing in the heaven, and upon the earth, and under the earth, and upon the sea, and everything in them, I heard exclaiming, "To the Occupant of the throne and to the Lamb belong the fame, the honour, the majesty, and the might for ever and ever."
   
RF REV 5:14 And the four Beings said, "Amen." And the elders bowed and worshipped.
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