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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 16:1

Sarai advises Abram to marry Hagar.
Sarai, Abram's wife, had given him no children, but she had an Egyptian maid named Hagar.

   
RF GEN 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, "See, now, the EVER-LIVING has kept me childless, therefore go to my maid, perhaps she will have a son for me." And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
   
RF GEN 16:3 Therefore Sarai, the wife of Abram, took Hagar the Egyptian maid, at the end of the tenth year of Abram's residence in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram her husband, as a wife.
   
RF GEN 16:4 So he went to Hagar, and she conceived; when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despicable in her eyes.
   
RF GEN 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong came from you. I gave my maid to you as wife, and she sees that she has conceived, and I am despicable in her eyes. Let the EVER-LIVING decide between me and you."
   
RF GEN 16:6 Abram answered Sarai, "Well, your maid is under your hand; do to her whatever you consider right." So Sarai persecuted her, and she fled from her presence.
   
RF GEN 16:7 A messenger of the EVER-LIVING met her, however, at the Well of Waters in the Desert, at the Well by the road to the Wall,1
   
RF GEN 16:8 and asked, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where are you going, and what are you weeping for?" And she answered, "I am flying from the hand of Sarai, my mistress."
   
RF GEN 16:9 But the messenger of the EVER-LIVING said, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her."
   
RF GEN 16:10 The EVER-LIVING'S, messenger further said to her, "I will greatly increase your race, so that they cannot be numbered for multitude."
   
RF GEN 16:11 The EVER-LIVING'S messenger also continued, "You are now with child, and you will give birth to a son, and you must call his name Ishmael, 2 for GOD heard your sorrow.
   
RF GEN 16:12 And he shall be a free man; his hand shall be with every man, and the hand of every man with him, and he shall stand up in the presence of all his brothers."
   
RF GEN 16:13 She accordingly called the name of the EVER-LIVING Who spoke to her. "You—are the GOD I saw; I can say this, for I have lived after He appeared to me."
   
RF GEN 16:14 So the well was named "the Well of the Vision of Life." It is situated between Kadesh and Bend:
   
RF GEN 16:15 And Hagar gave birth to a son to Abram, and Abram called the name of his son by her, Ishmael.
   
RF GEN 16:16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael to Abram.
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1 The wall across the Isthmus of Suez built to protect Egypt from border raiders.
2 "He shall hear GOD." = Ishmael in Hebrew.—F.F.
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