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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.

   
MFT HEB 13:1 Let your brotherly love continue.
   
MFT HEB 13:2 Never forget to be hospitable, for by hospitality some have entertained angels unawares.
   
MFT HEB 13:3 Remember prisoners, as if you were in prison yourselves; remember those who are being ill-treated, since you too are in the body.
   
MFT HEB 13:4 Let marriage be held in honour by all, and keep the marriage-bed unstained. God will punish the vicious and adulterous.
   
MFT HEB 13:5 Keep your life free from the love of money; be content with what you have, for He has said, Never will I fail you, never will I forsake you.
   
MFT HEB 13:6 So that we can say confidently, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can men do to me?
   
MFT HEB 13:7 Remember your leaders, the men who spoke the word of God to you; look back upon the close of their career, and copy their faith.
   
MFT HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is always the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever.
   
MFT HEB 13:9 Never let yourselves be carried away with a variety of novel doctrines; for the right thing is to have one's heart strengthened by grace, not by the eating of food — that has never been any use to those who have had recourse to it.
   
MFT HEB 13:10 Our altar is one of which the worshippers have no right to eat.
   
MFT HEB 13:11 For the bodies of the animals whose blood is taken into the holy Place by the high priest as a sin-offering, are burned outside the camp;
   
MFT HEB 13:12 and so Jesus also suffered outside the gate, in order to sanctify the people by his own blood.
   
MFT HEB 13:13 Let us go to him outside the camp, then, bearing his obloquy
   
MFT HEB 13:14 (for we have no lasting city here below, we seek the City to come).
   
MFT HEB 13:15 And by him let us constantly offer praise to God as our sacrifice, that is, the fruit of lips that celebrate his Name.
   
MFT HEB 13:16 Do not forget beneficence and charity, either; these are the kind of sacrifices that are acceptable to God.
   
MFT HEB 13:17 Obey your leaders, submit to them; for they are alive to the interests of your souls, as men who will have to account for their trust. Let their work be a joy to them and not a grief — which would be a loss to yourselves.
   
MFT HEB 13:18 Pray for me, for I am sure I have a clean conscience; my desire is in every way to lead an honest life.
   
MFT HEB 13:19 I urge you to this all the more, that I may get back to you the sooner.
   
MFT HEB 13:20 May the God of peace who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, with the blood of the eternal covenant,
   
MFT HEB 13:21 furnish you with everything for the doing of his will, creating in your lives by Jesus Christ what is acceptable in his own sight! To him be glory for ever and ever: Amen.
   
MFT HEB 13:22 I appeal to you, brothers, to bear with this appeal of mine. It is but a short letter.
   
MFT HEB 13:23 You must understand that [our] brother Timotheus is now free. If he comes soon, he and I will see you together.
   
MFT HEB 13:24 Salute all your leaders and all the saints. The Italians salute you.
   
MFT HEB 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
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