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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 15:1

The EVER-LIVING appears to Abram, with a Promise.
It was after these events that the EVER-LIVING spoke to Abram in a vision, saying, "Be not afraid Abram; I am your Shield, your abundant reward; I will greatly enrich you."

   
RF GEN 15:2 But Abram replied, "Mighty GOD, why should You give to me, when I go childless? and the possessor of my house will be Eliezer of Damascus?"
   
RF GEN 15:3 And Abram continued, "Look at me; You have not given me offspring, so that the steward of my house will become my heir."
   
RF GEN 15:4 But the EVER-LIVING answered him, saying, "That man shall not be your heir; but one who shall owe his birth to yourself, shall become your heir."
   
RF GEN 15:5 Then He took him to the open, and said, "Look up to the sky, and count the stars;—if you are able to count them;" telling him also, "Thus shall your race be."
   
RF GEN 15:6 And Abram believed in the EVER-LIVING, and it was repaid to him in righteousness.
   
RF GEN 15:7 He also said to him, "I am the EVER-LIVING Who brought you from Ur of the Kaldees to give you this land as an inheritance."
   
RF GEN 15:8 But he replied "Mighty LORD, how am I to know that I shall inherit it?"
   
RF GEN 15:9 Who answered him "Select for me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtle dove, and a young pigeon."
   
RF GEN 15:10 Taking all these he split them in the middle, and placed each part opposite its neighbour, but he did not split the birds.
   
RF GEN 15:11 Then the kites descended upon the carcasses; but Abram drove them away.
   
RF GEN 15:12 And, when the sun was sinking, a stupor fell upon Abram, and also a great and terrible darkness oppressed him.
   
RF GEN 15:13 He then said to Abram, "Know this, and be assured that your race will be foreigners in a land not their own, and they shall enslave them and oppress them for four hundred years.
   
RF GEN 15:14 The nation which enslaves them, however, I will punish, and after that I will bring them out with great wealth.
   
RF GEN 15:15 But you shall go to your forefathers in peace; you shall be buried with beautiful grey hairs.
   
RF GEN 15:16 And in several generations they shall return here, when the sins of the Amorites will be complete."
   
RF GEN 15:17 After the sun set, followed by thick darkness, a bright cloud appeared; a blazing fire, which passed between the pieces.
   
RF GEN 15:18 At the same time the EVER-LIVING made a covenant with Abram, saying, "I will give this country to your race, from the river of Egypt to the great River Euphrates:
   
RF GEN 15:19 The Kenite, the Kinnizite, the Kadmonite,
   
RF GEN 15:20 Ammonite, the Hittite and the Perizzite, and the Refaim,
   
RF GEN 15:21 and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite."
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