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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 14:1

War of Abraham with the Five Kings.
It was now in the reign of Amrafel, king of Shinar,1 Ariok, king of Ellassar, Kedarlaomer, king of Elam,2 and Thidal, king of the Gentiles,3

   
RF GEN 14:2 and they waged war with Bera, king of Sodom, and with Bersha, king of Gomorrah, Shinab, king of Admah, and Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and king Bela of Zoar.
   
RF GEN 14:3 All these were defeated in the valley of Siddim (now known as the Salt Sea).
   
RF GEN 14:4 They served Kedarlaomer for twelve years; but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
   
RF GEN 14:5 Accordingly, in the fourteenth year, Kedarlaomer and his allied kings defeated the Refaim at Ashteroth's Horn, and the Zuzim at Ham along with them, and the Emim at the Devil's Horns,4
   
RF GEN 14:6 and the Horites in the mountains of Seir, as far as the pastures which adjoin the desert.
   
RF GEN 14:7 They then returned and came to the Well of Justice5 and conquered all the plain of Amalachites, and also the Amorites who inhabited the palm groves.
   
RF GEN 14:8 The king of Sodom accordingly went out with the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and king Bela of Zoar; and they commenced hostilities in the valley of Siddim
   
RF GEN 14:9 with Kedarlaomer king of Elam, and Thidal king of the Gentiles, and Amrafel king of Shinar, and Ariok king of Ellassar—four kings against five.
   
RF GEN 14:10 The valley of Siddim, however, was full of petroleum pits, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah took flight and fell there; and the Hillmen pursued,
   
RF GEN 14:11 and seized all the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the whole of their stores and marched off.
   
RF GEN 14:12 They also took Lot, the nephew of Abram, and his chattels when they marched, for he resided in Sodom.
   
RF GEN 14:13 A fugitive then came and reported to Abram, the Colonist, who had settled at the Oakwoods of Mamrah, the Amorite, the brother of Ashkol, and brother of Aner, who were confederate chiefs with Abram.
   
RF GEN 14:14 When Abram heard that they had taken captive his relative, he then mustered the trained youths of his own family, to the number of three hundred and eighteen, and pursued to punish them;
   
RF GEN 14:15 and overtook them in the night-time, and he and his followers defeated and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the north of Damascus.
   
RF GEN 14:16 And he recovered all the property, as well as Lot his relative, and his property, together with the men and the people.
   
RF GEN 14:17 The king of Sodom then met him to congratulate him after his return from defeating Kedarlaomer, and the kings who were with him at the Devil's valley.6
   
RF GEN 14:18 Melchisedec, also, king of Salem, came out to them with wine; and he was a priest of ALMIGHTY GOD.
   
RF GEN 14:19 And he gave him his blessing, and said: "ALMIGHTY GOD, Creator of Heaven and Earth, bless Abram;
   
RF GEN 14:20 and you thank the Most High who gave your enemies into your hand." He then gave to him a tenth of all the spoil.
   
RF GEN 14:21 The king of Sodom also said to Abram, "You have given me my life, so take all the wealth to yourself."
   
RF GEN 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, "I have lifted my hand to the EVER-LIVING GOD ALMIGHTY, the Maker of Heaven and Earth,
   
RF GEN 14:23 against taking even a shoestring, or from taking anything that is yours, so that you may not say, I have made Abram rich;'
   
RF GEN 14:24 except what the soldiers have eaten, and the share of the men who came with me, Aner, Ashkol, and Mamrah—allow them to take their share."
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1 Mesopotamia, as we now call it.
2 Western Persia.
3 The heathen.
4 Hebrew, "Shava Qirnim."
5 Or the Fountain of Judgment, "Kadesh."
6 "(The same as the King's Valley)" is an inserted note of an ancient transcriber, not a part of the original text. I therefore put it at the foot of the page.—F. F
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