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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 GEN 18:1

God Appears a Third Time to Abraham.
The LORD again revealed to him at the Oakwoods of Marnrah, when he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.

   
RF GEN 18:2 Then he raised his eyes and looked, and saw three men standing opposite to him; and he looked, and called to them from the door of his tent, and bowing to the ground,
   
RF GEN 18:3 said "My masters, if now I have found favour in your eyes, will you not come in to your servant?
   
RF GEN 18:4 Take a little water, and wash your feet, and rest under the wood;[tree]
   
RF GEN 18:5 and take a bit of bread, and refresh your heart, and afterwards proceed; perhaps for this you passed near your servant." And they replied, "Do as you have said."
   
RF GEN 18:6 Abraham then hastened into his tent to Sarah, and said, "Hasten with three measures of fine flour kneaded and make cakes."
   
RF GEN 18:7 Abraham also ran to the fold, and took a fine, fat calf and gave it to a youth, who at once dressed it.
   
RF GEN 18:8 Then he took cheese and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and placed before them, and he stood opposite them under the trees while they were eating.
   
RF GEN 18:9 They afterwards asked him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" and he replied, "She is in the tent."
   
RF GEN 18:10 They then said, "I will restore you, as at the period of youth, and there shall come a son from Sarah your wife," and Sarah heard it at the door of the tent, where she was behind him.
   
RF GEN 18:11 Now, Abraham and Sarah were old—advanced in years and feeble. It was not with Sarah as women are;
   
RF GEN 18:12 so Sarah laughed in her apartment, saying, "After I am wasted, will there be pleasure for me, even when my master is old?"
   
RF GEN 18:13 The Lord1 consequently said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh? saying, Shall I suckle a child when I am old?'
   
RF GEN 18:14 Is it a great thing for the EVER-LIVING to say, 'At such a time, I will return to you the period of youth, and give a son to Sarah'?"
   
RF GEN 18:15 But Sarah denied, replying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. He, however, answered, "Yes, you did laugh."
   
RF GEN 18:16 The Doom of Sodom.
The men then departed from there, and faced towards Sodom, and Abraham walked with them to converse.
   
RF GEN 18:17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do?
   
RF GEN 18:18 When Abraham is to become a great and mighty nation, and every nation of the earth to be blest through him?
   
RF GEN 18:19 For I have instructed him in order that he may command his sons, and the sons of his house after him, that they must keep to the path of the EVER-LIVING, and do right and justice, so that the EVER-LIVING may cause to come upon Abraham what He has promised to him."
   
RF GEN 18:20 So the LORD continued: "Sodom and Gomorrah shriek, for their sins are many; and are very grievous.
   
RF GEN 18:21 I have therefore come down and I will see what causes the shrieks that have come to Me: have they full cause? if not I will know."
   
RF GEN 18:22 So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom; but Abraham stood firm in the presence of the LORD;
   
RF GEN 18:23 and Abraham approached and said, "Will You destroy the just along with the wicked?
   
RF GEN 18:24 If there are fifty just persons within the city, will You destroy it, and not raise Your hand from the place, because of the fifty just persons that are within it?
   
RF GEN 18:25 Far be it from You to do as You have said, thus to kill the just with the wicked, and to make the just and the wicked alike. It is far from You. Will not the Judge of the whole earth do justice?"
   
RF GEN 18:26 The LORD accordingly answered, "If I find fifty just men in the whole city of Sodom, then I will for their sakes take off My hand from all the place."
   
RF GEN 18:27 Then Abraham answered and said, "See, now, I began to speak to my LORD, although I am but dust and ashes.
   
RF GEN 18:28 If there should want five just persons of the fifty, will You sweep away the whole city for want of five?" And He answered, I will not sweep it away, if I find there forty-five."
   
RF GEN 18:29 But he continued still to speak to Him, and said, "If there are found forty there?" He replied, "I will not do it for the sake of the forty."
   
RF GEN 18:30 "Still," he said, "let not my LORD be angry now, and I will speak; if thirty are found there? And He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty."
   
RF GEN 18:31 He continued however, "See, now, I will dare to speak to my LORD; if there are found twenty there?" And He answered, "I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty."
   
RF GEN 18:32 He then said, "Let not my LORD be angry now, and I will speak once more; if ten are found there?" And He replied, "I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten."
   
RF GEN 18:33 Then the LORD went to do what He had told to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his own place.
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1. The word Lord here does not mean the Almighty, but only the Divine Messenger. See note on Exodus, Ch. 4:1, 24, and Ch. vi. v3.—F.F.
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