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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 TI1 3:1 It is a popular saying that "whoever aspires to office is set upon an excellent occupation."
MFT TI1 3:2 Well, for the office of a bishop a man must be above reproach; he must be only married once, he must be temperate, master of himself, unruffled, hospitable, a skilled teacher,
MFT TI1 3:3 not a drunkard or violent, but lenient and conciliatory, not a lover of money,
MFT TI1 3:4 able to manage his own household properly and keep his children submissive and perfectly respectful
MFT TI1 3:5 (if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how is he to look after the church of God?);
MFT TI1 3:6 he must not be a new convert, in case he gets conceited and incurs the doom passed on the devil;
MFT TI1 3:7 also, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, in case he incurs slander and is trapped by the devil.
MFT TI1 3:8 Deacons in turn are to be serious men; they are not to be tale-bearers or addicted to drink or pilfering;
MFT TI1 3:9 they must maintain the divine truth of the faith with a pure conscience.
MFT TI1 3:10 They too must be put on probation; after that, if they are above reproach, they can serve as deacons.
MFT TI1 3:11 Their wives must be serious too; they must not be slanderers but temperate and absolutely trustworthy.
MFT TI1 3:12 Deacons are only to be married once, and they must manage their children and households properly.
MFT TI1 3:13 For those who do good service as deacons win a good position for themselves as well as great freedom in the faith of Christ Jesus.
MFT TI1 3:14 Though I hope to come to you before long, I am writing to you in this way,
MFT TI1 3:15 in case I am detained, to let you see how people ought to behave within the household of God; it is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the Truth.
MFT TI1 3:16 And who does not admit how profound is the divine truth of our religion? — it is He who was "manifest in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by the angels, preached among the nations, believed on throughout the world, taken up to glory."