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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 DAN 10:1

The Vision by the River Hidakel.
In the third year of Korush, King of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel, who was appointed by name Prince of Bel, and the purport is true and very certain, so understand the matter that was explained to him by a revelation.

   
RF DAN 10:2 During those days I, Daniel, was in depression for a period of three weeks.
   
RF DAN 10:3 I ate no pleasant food —and flesh, or wine, did not enter my mouth; nor did I lubricate myself until the completion of the three weeks period.
   
RF DAN 10:4 And on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was on the banks of the Great River Hidakel,
   
RF DAN 10:5 I raised my eyes, and looked, and saw a man clothed in trousers, and his waist belted with gold of Aufaz.
   
RF DAN 10:6 His body was like a Tharshish-gem, and his face like the gleam of lightning, and his eyes like lamps of fire; and his arms and legs like the glitter of bright brass, and the sound of his speech like the sound of a crowd.
   
RF DAN 10:7 And I, Daniel, alone saw the Appearance,—for the persons who were with me did not see the Appearance,—but a great faintness fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves,
   
RF DAN 10:8 and I was left alone. So I watched this great Appearance, although there was no strength left in me, and my energy was destroyed, and I retained no power.
   
RF DAN 10:9 Yet I heard the sound of his words, but when I heard the sound of his words, I was laid on my face in a stupor with my face to the earth.
   
RF DAN 10:10 But I perceived a hand approach me, and I staggered on to my knees and the palms of my hands.
   
RF DAN 10:11 Then he said to me, "Daniel, you fully accepted man, attend to the words which I speak to you, and stand upon your feet, for I have now been sent to you." When he spoke this speech to me I stood up trembling.
   
RF DAN 10:12 And he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you gave your heart to examine and humble yourself before your GOD, your words were heard;—so I have come to speak with you.
   
RF DAN 10:13 But the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia stood opposing me for twenty-one days, but Mikal one of the First Princes, came and helped me, and I was relieved then from the restraint of the governors of Persia,
   
RF DAN 10:14 and I have come to inform you of what will happen to your own People in future times;—because the Vision is yet at a distance.
   
RF DAN 10:15 "And as he spoke these words to me, I hung my face to the earth, and was silent.
   
RF DAN 10:16 But I saw whilst silent a man touch my lips, when I opened my mouth and spoke, and said to the Stander before me, "Sir, by this Appearance, my anguish has returned upon me and my strength has failed!
   
RF DAN 10:17 So how can your servant talk with you, sir, when I have now no strength to stand by myself, and I have no breath left in me?
   
RF DAN 10:18 "Then one with the appearance of a man touched me again,
   
RF DAN 10:19 and said, "Fear not, you chosen man! Peace to you! Be bold! Be bold! " And when he spoke with me I was encouraged, and replied, "Let my lord speak, for I am reassured."
   
RF DAN 10:20 The Revelation of the Future.
Then he said, "I will teach you what will come to you.—But now I must return to fight with the Prince of Persia;—and when I am gone, you will see the Prince of I'on come.
   
RF DAN 10:21 However I will inform you of the record in the book of Truth—for there is no one who helps me about these things, except Mikal your Prince,
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