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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 7:1

After this I saw four angels stationed at the four quarters of the earth, restraining the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow upon the land, nor upon the sea; nor any tree stirred!

   
RF REV 7:2 I also saw another angel ascend from the sunrising, holding the seal of the living God; and with a loud voice, he called to the four angels who were empowered to punish the earth and the sea,
   
RF REV 7:3 exclaiming: "Do not injure the land, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God upon their fore-heads."
   
RF REV 7:4 I also heard the number of those who were sealed: one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.
   
RF REV 7:5 From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed; from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand; from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand;
   
RF REV 7:6 from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand;
   
RF REV 7:7 from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand; from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand; from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand;
   
RF REV 7:8 from the tribe of Zebulon twelve thousand; from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand; from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand.
   
RF REV 7:9 After this I looked, and saw a great multitude, whom no one could count, from every nation, and from tribes, and from peoples, and from languages, standing before the throne and before the Iamb, clothed in white robes, with palm-branches in their hands.
   
RF REV 7:10 And with a loud voice they chanted, exclaiming, "The salvation is from our God, Who sits upon the throne, And from the Lamb."
   
RF REV 7:11 Then all the angels standing around the throne, and the elders, and the four Beings, also bowed before the throne, depressing their faces, and paid homage to God,
   
RF REV 7:12 exclaiming, "Amen! The fame, and the majesty, and the wisdom, and the blessing, and the honour, and the power, and the might, are with our God, throughout eternity."
   
RF REV 7:13 And one from among the elders addressed me, saying, "As for these dressed in white robes—who are they? and where do they come from?" "You know, my lord,"
   
RF REV 7:14 I replied. "These are they," he proceeded, "who came out of great affliction, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
   
RF REV 7:15 Because of this they are before the throne of God, and day and night they serve Him in His sanctuary; and the Occupant of the throne protects them.
   
RF REV 7:16 They shall never hunger again, nor thirst again; neither shall the sun beat upon them, nor any heat:
   
RF REV 7:17 because the Lamb having ascended the midst of the throne shall shepherd them, and will lead them to springs of living water; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
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