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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 1:1

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen strangers of the Dispersion, in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

   
RF PE1 1:2 according to the predetermination of a Father God, for a purification of spirit through obedience and a sprinkling of blood of Jesus Christ: May blessing and peace be abundant to you!
   
RF PE1 1:3 The Ministry of the Prophets. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!—Who, with His boundless pity, has caused us to be born again into a living hope—by means of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead.
   
RF PE1 1:4 of an inheritance incorruptible, and spotless, and unfading, guarded in the heavens for you,
   
RF PE1 1:5 by the power of God, you who look out through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed at the end of time.
   
RF PE1 1:6 On which account you should be exceedingly glad; although now, if need be, for a short space of time you are grieved by numerous trials:
   
RF PE1 1:7 so that the testing of your faith, far more precious than gold which perishes, although tested by fire, may be found in fame, honour, and distinction at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
   
RF PE1 1:8 Whom having not seen you love; upon Whom although not yet having looked, you believe, and rejoice with unspeakable and anticipating delight,
   
RF PE1 1:9 looking out for the object of your faith—salvation of souls.
   
RF PE1 1:10 Concerning which salvation, the prophets, prophesying of this gift to you,
   
RF PE1 1:11 diligently searched as to Whom, or what period of time, the Spirit of Christ within them pointed, when He testified beforehand the sufferings surrounding the Messiah, and the glories after them;
   
RF PE1 1:12 to whom it was revealed that not for themselves, but for you, they were messengers of things, which are now proclaimed to you, by those who evangelize you by a Holy Spirit sent from heaven, into which the angels desired to examine.
   
RF PE1 1:13 Incitement to holiness of Life.
Therefore, girding up the loins of your understanding, perfectly sober, hope for the gift that is to be presented to you at the revealing of Jesus Christ.
   
RF PE1 1:14 As children of obedience, not conforming yourselves to your lusts, as you formerly did in your ignorance;
   
RF PE1 1:15 but rather as your Commander is holy, you also should become holy in all your conduct.
   
RF PE1 1:16 Because it is written, BECOME HOLY, FOR I MYSELF AM HOLY.1
   
RF PE1 1:17 If then you are commanded by a Father, Who without flattery judges according to the work of each, conduct yourselves for the time of your service in reverence
   
RF PE1 1:18 Knowing that you were not redeemed from the slavery of your ancestral follies by means of corruptible silver or gold;
   
RF PE1 1:19 but by means of the precious blood of Christ, like of an unblemished and spotless lamb;
   
RF PE1 1:20 provided, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested at the extremity of the periods for the sake of you,
   
RF PE1 1:21 who through Him are believers in God, Who raised Him from the dead and invested Him with majesty, so that your faith and hope might be in God.
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1. Lev 11.44
   
RF PE1 1:22 Reasons for a Holy Life.
Having purified your lives by your obedience to the truth, with sincere brotherly affection love one another earnestly from the heart;
   
RF PE1 1:23 having been regenerated, not from a corruptible source, but from an incorruptible, by means of a message from a living and enduring God.
   
RF PE1 1:24 For ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS: THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FADES;
   
RF PE1 1:25 BUT THE PURPOSE OF THE LORD ENDURES FOR EVER.1 And this purpose is that which has been proclaimed to you as good news.
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1 Isa. xl. 6-8
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