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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 4:1

Since then the Messiah suffered in the body, arm yourselves also with a similar intention because he who has suffered physically casts off sins;

   
RF PE1 4:2 so that his remaining time in the body he no more lives for human lusts, but for a Divine purpose.
   
RF PE1 4:3 For to have been practicing in the past time the wishes of the heathen is sufficient; proceeding in excesses, lusts, love of drinking, revellings, drunkenness, and lawless idolatries —
   
RF PE1 4:4 in which excess of profligacy they, while reviling you, wonder that you do not join them;
   
RF PE1 4:5 but they must render an account to Him Who is ready to judge the living and dead
   
RF PE1 4:6 For to this reason the good news was preached also to the dead; so that they might certainly be judged with men physically, but might live spiritually with God.
   
RF PE1 4:7 But the completion of all approaches. Therefore be prudent, and watchful in prayer.
   
RF PE1 4:8 Above all else, having earnest affection among yourselves; because LOVE HIDES A MULTITUDE OF SINS.1
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1. Prov 10.12
   
RF PE1 4:9 Be friendly to one another, without grumbling.
   
RF PE1 4:10 Let every one, according to the gift which he has received, employ it for the good of others, as faithful stewards of the manifold gift of God.
   
RF PE1 4:11 If anyone can speak, let it be of the thoughts of God; if any one can minister, let it be with the power which God has bestowed: so that in all God may be honoured through Jesus Christ, Whose is the majesty and the dominion throughout the eternal ages. Amen.
   
RF PE1 4:12 The Fiery Trial.
Do not be astonished, friends, that a fiery trial has come upon you, as though an unexpected affair had surprised you:
   
RF PE1 4:13 but rather rejoice that you are sharers in the sufferings of the Messiah; so that at the unveiling of His majesty, you may rejoice with exultation.
   
RF PE1 4:14 If you are abused for the sake of the name of Christ, you are happy because that which is the Majesty, and that which is the Spirit of God, has rested upon you.
   
RF PE1 4:15 But let none of you be convicted as a murderer, as a thief, as a profligate, or as a libeler;
   
RF PE1 4:16 but if as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but thank God for that name.
   
RF PE1 4:17 Because the right place to begin the judgment is at the house of God; and if first at us, what will be the end of those disobedient to the good news of God?
   
RF PE1 4:18 And if the righteous are to be saved with difficulty, where can the impious and sinful appear?
   
RF PE1 4:19 So then, let those who suffer according to the will of God, while practicing what is good, confide their souls to a Reliable Builder,
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