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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 PE1 3:1

Matrimonial Deportment.
Wives should likewise be obedient to their own husbands; so that should any be careless about the Message, they may, apart from the Message, be gained by the conduct of their wives;

   
RF PE1 3:2 observing your blameless conduct with esteem—you,
   
RF PE1 3:3 whose adornment should not be merely the external, such as plaited hair, the wearing of golden trinkets, or decoration in putting on of dress;
   
RF PE1 3:4 but rather the unseen woman of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a kind and gentle spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
   
RF PE1 3:5 Because formerly this was the way in which the holy women, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being obedient to their own husbands;
   
RF PE1 3:6 as Sarah, for instance, obeyed Abraham, calling him master; whose daughters you may now become by well-doing, and by not being frightened by any passionate emotion.
   
RF PE1 3:7 In the same way, the husbands should live sensibly with them, assigning honour to their feminine nature, as to a weaker vessel, but as equal inheritors of the gift of life; so that your prayers may not be hindered.
   
RF PE1 3:8 Exhortation to Godliness.
Finally, let there be unanimity of mind: be sympathetic, friendly, corn passionate, gentle;
   
RF PE1 3:9 not returning wrong for wrong, nor abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, speaking pleasantly; because your object in being called was that you may inherit blessing:
   
RF PE1 3:10 for, WHOEVER DESIRES TO ENJOY LIFE, AND SEE PLEASANT TIMES, LET HIM RESTRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM ANNOYANCE, AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT;
   
RF PE1 3:11 AND LET HIM TURN ASIDE FROM VICE, AND DO GOOD; LET HIM SEARCH FOR PEACE, AND FOLLOW IT.
   
RF PE1 3:12 FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE UPON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTENTIVE TO THEIR PRAYER; BUT THE LORD IS OPPOSED TO THE DOERS OF EVIL.1
   
RF PE1 3:13 And who will injure you, if you become zealous for beneficence?
   
RF PE1 3:14 If you suffer, however, for the sake of righteousness, you are happy; and DREAD NOT THEIR TERROR, NEITHER BE TROUBLED;
   
RF PE1 3:15 BUT LOVE THE LORD CHRIST IN YOUR HEARTS.2 Ready at all times to give a defence to all who assail you concerning the reason of the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect;
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1. Psa 34.12-16
2. Isa 6.12
   
RF PE1 3:16 having a clear conscience, so that those wantonly insulting you, although they libel, may be ashamed by your blameless conduct in Christ.
   
RF PE1 3:17 For, if the will of God so decides, it is better to suffer for right-doing than for wrong-doing.
   
RF PE1 3:18 Because even Christ once suffered for sinners, the Just for the unjust, so that He might bring you to God; having been physically put to death, but spiritually living;
   
RF PE1 3:19 in that condition He also went and preached to the spirits in prison,
   
RF PE1 3:20 to those who formerly were apathetic, when the patience of God was waiting in the time of Noah, while an ark was in preparation, in which a few, that is to say, eight lives, were effectually saved through water.
   
RF PE1 3:21 And you are now saved by a corresponding baptism; not only by a removal of bodily uncleanness; but, on the contrary, the acquisition of a pure conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
   
RF PE1 3:22 Who is at the right of God, having proceeded into heaven, subjecting to Him angels, governments, and powers.
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