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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 6:1

I also saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals; and I heard one of the four Beings saying as with a thunder-peal, "Come!"

   
RF REV 6:2 And I looked and saw a WHITE HORSE, and his rider had a bow; a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.
   
RF REV 6:3 And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second Being say, "Come!"
   
RF REV 6:4 And another, a RED HORSE, came out; and his rider was empowered to take peace from the earth, and that they should murder each other; and a great sword was given to him.
   
RF REV 6:5 And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third Being say, "Come!" And I looked, and saw a BLACK HORSE; and his rider had a balance in his hand.
   
RF REV 6:6 Then I heard as a Voice in the centre of the four Beings say, A choenix1 of wheat for a denarius,2 and three choenices of barley for a denarius; yet you must not interfere with the oil and the wine."
   
RF REV 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard a voice from the fourth Being say, "Come!"
   
RF REV 6:8 And I looked, and saw a LIVID HORSE; and the name of his rider was Death; and the Grave accompanied him. And over a quarter of the earth authority was granted to them to murder with sword, with famine, and with disease, as well as by means of the beasts of the field.
   
RF REV 6:9 And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw beneath the altar the souls of those who had been sacrificed on account of the Message of God, and for the testimony which they maintained;
   
RF REV 6:10 and with a loud voice, they cried, exclaiming, "Until when, O Sovereign Lord, Holy and True, will You delay to judge and to punish the inhabitants of the earth for our blood!"
   
RF REV 6:11 But to each of them was given a white robe; and they were told to rest for a short time longer, until the completion of their fellow-servants, and their brothers who were about to be murdered as they were.
   
RF REV 6:12 I also saw when He opened the sixth seal; when a great earthquake came; and the sun became black as haircloth; and the full moon became like blood;
   
RF REV 6:13 the stars of the sky also fell upon the earth, as a fig-tree drops its unripe fruit, when shaken by a strong wind.
   
RF REV 6:14 And the sky vanished like a scroll when rolled up; and every mountain and island were removed from their places.
   
RF REV 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the nobles, and the generals, and the wealthy, and the mighty, as well as every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the hills;
   
RF REV 6:16 and called to the hills and to the rocks, "Fall upon us, and hide us from the presence of the Occupant of the throne, and from the displeasure of the Lamb;
   
RF REV 6:17 for the great day of their anger is come—and who is able to stand?"
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1. A small measure, nearly equal to a quart.
2. worth about two shillings and sixpence.
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