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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 CO1 16:1

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.

   
AKJV CO1 16:2 On the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
   
AKJV CO1 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality to Jerusalem.
   
AKJV CO1 16:4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
   
AKJV CO1 16:5 Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
   
AKJV CO1 16:6 And it may be that I will abide, yes, and winter with you, that you may bring me on my journey wherever I go.
   
AKJV CO1 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
   
AKJV CO1 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
   
AKJV CO1 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
   
AKJV CO1 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he works the work of the Lord, as I also do.
   
AKJV CO1 16:11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come to me: for I look for him with the brothers.
   
AKJV CO1 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come to you with the brothers: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
   
AKJV CO1 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
   
AKJV CO1 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
   
AKJV CO1 16:15 I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
   
AKJV CO1 16:16 That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.
   
AKJV CO1 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
   
AKJV CO1 16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and your's: therefore acknowledge you them that are such.
   
AKJV CO1 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
   
AKJV CO1 16:20 All the brothers greet you. Greet you one another with an holy kiss.
   
AKJV CO1 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.
   
AKJV CO1 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
   
AKJV CO1 16:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
   
AKJV CO1 16:24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus and Timotheus.
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