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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 ROM 5:1

"Then, having been made righteous by means of faith, we have peace towards God, through our Lord Jesus Christ;

   
RF ROM 5:2 by Whom we have also the access by that faith unto this gift in which we stand, and we exult in hope of the rectification from God.
   
RF ROM 5:3 And not only that: but we also exult in our afflictions, perceiving that the affliction produces patience,
   
RF ROM 5:4 and patience inquiry, and inquiry hope,
   
RF ROM 5:5 and not a hope that disgraces; because the love of God is poured into our hearts through a spirit of holiness, which He has given to us.
   
RF ROM 5:6 For, at the very time when we were helpless, Christ died for the sake of the ungodly.
   
RF ROM 5:7 For, while hardly any one would die for the sake of a righteous man—though for a benefactor some might perhaps hazard death—
   
RF ROM 5:8 God established His love towards us by Christ dying for our sake when we were still sinners."
   
RF ROM 5:9 How much more, then, having been made righteous in His blood, shall we be delivered from the madness of sin by Him!
   
RF ROM 5:10 For if, while we were enemies, we were led back to God by means of the death of His Son; how much rather having been led back, shall we be saved by His life!
   
RF ROM 5:11 Not only that, but we exult also in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received that return.
   
RF ROM 5:12 "Because, as by one man sin entered is the world, and through the sin the death, and thus death passed into all men, supposing indeed that all sin:
   
RF ROM 5:13 for law was in the world before sin, for sin would not be charged if a law did not exist.
   
RF ROM 5:14 However, death reigned from Adam to Moses, and over those who did not sin after the manner of the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the future.
   
RF ROM 5:15 "But the free gift, however, is not like the transgression. For if from the sin of this one the many died, much more the gift of God and the endowment with that gift of the other Man, Jesus Christ, will overflow to the many.
   
RF ROM 5:16 And that gift is not as it would be with a single sinner; for out of the guilt of the one came condemnation; but by the gift from the other came rectification from many transgressions.
   
RF ROM 5:17 For if, by the transgression of that one, death reigned through that one, how much rather will those receiving the abundant gift and endowment of righteousness reign in life through that other, Jesus Christ?
   
RF ROM 5:18 Since, therefore, by transgression of the one, condemnation came upon all men; thus also by righteousness of the other, righteousness of life is brought to all men.
   
RF ROM 5:19 For as by the disobedience of that one man the many were made sinners, so by the obedience of the other the many will be constituted righteous.
   
RF ROM 5:20 "But a law intervened, so that the transgression might be obvious; yet, where the sin exceeded, the gift went far beyond it.
   
RF ROM 5:21 So that as sin reigned with death, thus also the gift should reign through righteousness, to eternal life, by our Lord Jesus Christ."
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