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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 EZE 35:1

The Doom of Mount Seir.
The command of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:

   
RF EZE 35:2 " Son of Adam! Turn towards Mount Seir, and proclaim against it,
   
RF EZE 35:3 and say to it,—Thus says the Mighty Lord! I am opposed to you, Mount Seir, and will extend My hand against you, and make you desolate and waste.
   
RF EZE 35:4 I will lay your towns in ashes;—and you shall become desolate, and learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF EZE 35:5 Because you had a perpetual hatred, and poured out the children of Israel to the hand of the sword, at the time of Edom, —at the time of his passionate slaughter!
   
RF EZE 35:6 Therefore, by My life," says the Mighty Lord, " I will prepare blood for you! and blood shall pursue you; since you did not hate blood,—therefore blood shall pursue you!
   
RF EZE 35:7 So I will make Mount Sair desolate and waste, and will cut off from it travelers and resident.
   
RF EZE 35:8 I will also cover his hills with his slain, and on your highlands, and vales, and plains, those slain by the sword shall fall!
   
RF EZE 35:9 I will make you an everlasting desolation! Your towns shall not be rebuilt! then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING
   
RF EZE 35:10 because you said, ' Both those nations, and those two countries will be mine, and I shall possess them! ' But the EVER-LIVING was there;
   
RF EZE 35:11 therefore, by My life," says the Mighty Lord, "I will act like the rage and envy that you displayed against them, and display Myself as amongst them, when I punish you!
   
RF EZE 35:12 You also will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING. and have heard all the insults you uttered against the mountains of Israel, 'They are desolated for us! They are given us to be devoured!'
   
RF EZE 35:13 And you inflated yourself against Me by your mouth, and boasted against Me by your words!—I heard!"
   
RF EZE 35:14 Thus says the Mighty Lord, "When all this country is glad,—I will make you desolate!
   
RF EZE 35:15 You rejoiced over the injuries to the House of Israel, when desolate;—therefore I will do this to you: All Mount Seir, and all Edom shall become desolate, —and learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.
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