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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 1:1

The first Creation of the Universe.
By Periods1 GOD created that which produced the Solar Systems; then that which produced the Earth.

   
RF GEN 1:2 But the Earth was unorganized and empty; and darkness covered its convulsed surface; while the breath of GOD rocked the surface of its waters.
   
RF GEN 1:3 God then said, "Let there be light;" and light came.
   
RF GEN 1:4 And God gazed upon the beautiful light; and God divided the light from darkness.
   
RF GEN 1:5 And to the light GOD gave the name of Day, and to the darkness He gave the name of Night. This was the close and the dawn of the first age.
   
RF GEN 1:6 GOD also said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters, and let it be a division between the waters and the waters."
   
RF GEN 1:7 And GOD made the expanse, and it divided the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and that was done.
   
RF GEN 1:8 And GOD named the expanse the Heavens. This was the close and the dawn of the second age.
   
RF GEN 1:9 GOD then commanded, "Let the waters below the Heavens be collected in one place, and let dry land appear;" and that was done.
   
RF GEN 1:10 And GOD named the dry land Earth; and the accumulated waters He named Seas; and GOD admired their beauty.
   
RF GEN 1:11 GOD then said, "Let the Earth produce seed-bearing vegetation, as well as fruit trees according to their several species, capable of reproduction upon the Earth;" and that was done.
   
RF GEN 1:12 The Earth produced the seed-bearing herbage according to every species, as well as the different species of reproductive fruit trees; and GOD saw that they were good.
   
RF GEN 1:13 This was the close and the dawn of the third age.
   
RF GEN 1:14 GOD further said, "Let reflectors appear in the expanse of the Heavens for a division between the day and the night; and let them serve to mark seasons, periods, and years;
   
RF GEN 1:15 and let them also illuminate the expanse of the skies so as to reflect their light upon the Earth;" and that was done. GOD had made two large luminaries,
   
RF GEN 1:16 the larger one to control the day, and the smaller one to control the night, accompanied by the stars.
   
RF GEN 1:17 And GOD had fixed them in the heavenly expanse so as to illuminate the Earth, to control the day and to control the night,
   
RF GEN 1:18 and to mark the division between the 'light and the darkness; and GOD saw they were beautiful.
   
RF GEN 1:19 This was the close and the dawn of the fourth age.
   
RF GEN 1:20 GOD then said, "Let the waters be swarming with animal life, and let birds fly in the expanse of the skies above the Earth;
   
RF GEN 1:21 GOD accordingly produced the monsters of the deep, and the waters swarmed with every species of reptile, and also produced every species of flying bird. And GOD admired their beauty.
   
RF GEN 1:22 And God, in giving them His blessing, said, "Be fruitful and multiply, so as to fill the waters of the deep; and also let the birds multiply upon the Earth."
   
RF GEN 1:23 This was the close and the dawn of the fifth age.
   
RF GEN 1:24 GOD then said, "Let the Earth produce animal life according to its species, in quadrupeds, reptiles and all wild animals, answering to their species;" and that was done.
   
RF GEN 1:25 GOD accordingly made the various species of the animals of the Earth, as well as the several species of quadrupeds, and all the different species of reptiles; and GOD admired their beauty.
   
RF GEN 1:26 Creation of Man under the Shadow of God.
GOD then said, "Let Us make men under Our Shadow, as Our Representatives; and subject to them the fish of the waters; and the birds of the sky, and the quadrupeds, as well as the whole of the Earth, and every reptile that creeps upon it."
   
RF GEN 1:27 So GOD created men under His own Shadow, creating them in the Shadow of God, and constituting them male and female.
   
RF GEN 1:28 GOD then gave them His blessing; and GOD said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply so as to fill the Earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the skies, and over every living animal that moves upon the Earth."
   
RF GEN 1:29 GOD also said, "See, I have given you for food every fruit and grain-bearing plant upon the surface of the whole Earth, as well as fruit and seed-bearing trees and all vegetation, so that they may be food for you,
   
RF GEN 1:30 and for every animal of the Earth, and for every bird of the skies, and for every reptile upon the Earth which possesses the life of animals; and it was done.
   
RF GEN 1:31 And God gazed upon all that He had made, and it was very beautiful. Thus the close came, and the dawn came of the sixth age.
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1 Literally "By Headships." It is curious that all translators from the Septuagint have rendered this word B'RESHITH, into the singular, although it is plural in the Hebrew. So I render it accurately. F.F.
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