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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 13:1

So Abram went up from Egypt with his wife, and all he possessed; and Lot accompanied him to the southern pastures.

   
RF GEN 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, silver, and gold.
   
RF GEN 13:3 Afterwards he marched from the south towards Bethel, to the place where his tent had at first been pitched, between Bethel and Haai;
   
RF GEN 13:4 to the place where he had formerly built an Altar, and there Abram called upon the name of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 13:5 Lot also, who journeyed with Abram, possessed sheep, cattle, and camp-followers;
   
RF GEN 13:6 so that the land could not support them living together; for their flocks were so great that they could not live together.
   
RF GEN 13:7 A dispute accordingly took place between Abram's shepherds and Lot's shepherds, and the Canaanite and the Perizzite, who inhabited the land.
   
RF GEN 13:8 So Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no quarrel between me and you, or between my shepherds and your shepherds, for we are both of us brothers.
   
RF GEN 13:9 Is not all the country before you? I ask you to separate yourself from me; if you take to the left, then I will take to the right; if to the right, I will go to the left."
   
RF GEN 13:10 Lot therefore looked up, and to observed all the district of the Jordan, that it was everywhere well watered; before the LORD swept away Sodom and Gomorrah, it was like a Garden of the LORD, from the land of Egypt to the valley of Zoar.
   
RF GEN 13:11 So the whole plain of the Jordan pleased him, and Lot marched to the east; and they separated from each other.
   
RF GEN 13:12 Abram accordingly remained in the land of Canaan; and Lot remained in the villages of the plain, but resided at Sodom.
   
RF GEN 13:13 The men of Sodom, however, were very wicked and sinful in the presence of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 13:14 The EVER-LIVING said to Abram, after Lot separated from him, "Look upward, and from the place where you are take a view northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward;
   
RF GEN 13:15 for all the land which you see, I will give to you, and to your race for ever.
   
RF GEN 13:16 I will also make your race like the dust of the earth, so that if a man is able to count the dust of the earth, then he can number your race.
   
RF GEN 13:17 Arise and march through the land, inspect both its length and its breadth, for I will give it to you."
   
RF GEN 13:18 So Abram struck his camp, and came and settled in the Oakwoods of Mamrah which is near Hebron, and there he built an Altar to the EVER-LIVING.
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