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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.

   
GSNT PE1 3:1

You married women, in the same way, must be submissive to your husbands, so that any who refuse to believe the message may be won over without argument through the behavior of their wives

   
GSNT PE1 3:2 when they see how chaste and submissive you are.
   
GSNT PE1 3:3 You must not adopt the external attractions of arranging the hair and wearing jewelry and dress;
   
GSNT PE1 3:4 yours must be the inner beauty of character, the imperishable attraction of a quiet and gentle spirit, which has great value in the sight of God.
   
GSNT PE1 3:5 It was in that way in ancient times that those pious women who set their hopes on God made themselves attractive. They were submissive to their husbands,
   
GSNT PE1 3:6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham, and called him Master. You are true daughters of hers, if you do right and are unafraid.
   
GSNT PE1 3:7 You married men also must be considerate in living with your wives. You must show deference to women as the weaker sex, sharing the gift of life with you, so that there may be nothing to interfere with your prayers.
   
GSNT PE1 3:8 Finally, you must all be harmonious, sympathizing, loving, tender-hearted, modest,
   
GSNT PE1 3:9 not returning evil for evil, or abuse for abuse. You must bless people instead. It is for this that you were called—to obtain blessing.
   
GSNT PE1 3:10 For "Let him who would enjoy life And see happy days, Keep his tongue from evil, And his lips from uttering deceit.
   
GSNT PE1 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do right, Let him seek peace and go after it.
   
GSNT PE1 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon upright men, And his ears are open to their entreaty, But the Lord's face is set against men that do wrong."
   
GSNT PE1 3:13 And who is there that can hurt you if you are eager to do what is right?
   
GSNT PE1 3:14 Even if you should suffer for uprightness, you are blessed. But do not be afraid of them, nor be troubled,
   
GSNT PE1 3:15 but reverence Christ in your hearts as Lord, and always be ready to make your defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that you have. But do so gently and respectfully,
   
GSNT PE1 3:16 and keep your conscience clear, so that those who abuse your upright Christian conduct may be made ashamed of their slanders.
   
GSNT PE1 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God's will, than for doing wrong.
   
GSNT PE1 3:18 For Christ himself died once for all, for sin, an upright man for unrighteous men, to bring us to God, and was physically put to death, but he was made alive in the Spirit.
   
GSNT PE1 3:19 In it Enoch went and preached even to those spirits that were in prison,
   
GSNT PE1 3:20 who had once been disobedient, when in Noah's time God in his patience waited for the ark to be made ready, in which a few people, eight in all, were brought safely through the water.
   
GSNT PE1 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to it, now saves you also (not as the mere removing of physical stain, but as the craving for a conscience right with God)—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
   
GSNT PE1 3:22 who has gone to heaven and is at God's right hand, with angels, hierarchies, and powers made subject to him.
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