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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 12:1

BOOK THE SECOND.
History of the house of Abraham.

The EVER-LIVING then said to Abram, "Depart from your native land, and from the home of your forefathers, to the land to which I will direct you.

   
RF GEN 12:2 And I will make you a great nation, and I will prosper and ennoble your name; and you shall be a benefactor;
   
RF GEN 12:3 and I will bless those who benefit you, and punish those who injure you, and all the nations of mankind shall become benefited from you."
   
RF GEN 12:4 So Abram departed, as the EVER-LIVING had told him; and Lot accompanied him; and Abram was seventy-five years old at his departure from Haran.
   
RF GEN 12:5 Abram also took Sarai, his wife, and Lot the son of his brother, and the whole of his property which he possessed, and the slaves which he had acquired in Haran; and he proceeded to travel to the land of Canaan; and he came to the country of Canaan.
   
RF GEN 12:6 Then Abram travelled in that country to the village of Shekhem, as far as Alon-Moreh, and the Canaanites were still in the land.
   
RF GEN 12:7 The EVER-LIVING also appeared to Abram, and repeated, "I will give this country to your descendants." So he there built an altar to the EVER-LIVING Who had appeared to him.
   
RF GEN 12:8 Afterwards he removed from there to the hills at the East of Bethel, and pitched his tent with Bethel at the west and Haai to the east. There he also built an Altar to the EVER-LIVING, and called upon the name of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 12:9 Then Abram marched on his journey, and proceeded to the south.
   
RF GEN 12:10 Abrahams visit to Egypt, or the Mizteraim.
But a famine occurred in the land; and Abram went down to Egypt to stay there for a time, as the famine was severe in the land.
   
RF GEN 12:11 And as they were approaching Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "See now, I know you are a fair woman;
   
RF GEN 12:12 and it may be that when the Egyptians see you they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they may murder me, and keep you alive.
   
RF GEN 12:13 Say, therefore, that you are my sister; so that they may show respect to me because of you, and my life may be saved by means of you."
   
RF GEN 12:14 And on Abram entering Egypt, the Egyptians noticed that the woman was very fair.
   
RF GEN 12:15 The courtiers of the Pharaoh also observed her and sung her praises to Pharaoh. The woman was accordingly taken to Pharaoh's palace.
   
RF GEN 12:16 On her account he favored Abram, and presented him with sheep, oxen, asses, slaves, and maids, as well as she-asses, and camels.
   
RF GEN 12:17 But the EVER-LIVING disturbed Pharaoh and his household greatly on account of Sarai, the wife of Abram.
   
RF GEN 12:18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram, and asked, "Why have you done this to me?
   
RF GEN 12:19 Why did you not inform me that she was your wife? Why did you say, 'She is my sister'? For I might have secured her as a wife for myself.
   
RF GEN 12:20 But now take your wife, and go." And Pharaoh ordered his men about him, and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had along with him.
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