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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.

   
AKJV PHP 2:1

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

   
AKJV PHP 2:2 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
   
AKJV PHP 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
   
AKJV PHP 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
   
AKJV PHP 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
   
AKJV PHP 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
   
AKJV PHP 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
   
AKJV PHP 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
   
AKJV PHP 2:9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
   
AKJV PHP 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
   
AKJV PHP 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
   
AKJV PHP 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
   
AKJV PHP 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
   
AKJV PHP 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
   
AKJV PHP 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;
   
AKJV PHP 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
   
AKJV PHP 2:17 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
   
AKJV PHP 2:18 For the same cause also do you joy, and rejoice with me.
   
AKJV PHP 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly to you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
   
AKJV PHP 2:20 For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.
   
AKJV PHP 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
   
AKJV PHP 2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.
   
AKJV PHP 2:23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
   
AKJV PHP 2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
   
AKJV PHP 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
   
AKJV PHP 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick.
   
AKJV PHP 2:27 For indeed he was sick near to death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow on sorrow.
   
AKJV PHP 2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
   
AKJV PHP 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
   
AKJV PHP 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
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