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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 17:1

The Second Appearance of Jehovah to Abram, and Promise of a Son to Sarai.
When Abram was ninety-six years old, the EVER-LIVING revealed again to Abram, and said to him, "I am GOD ALMIGHTY, walk before Me and be perfect;

   
RF GEN 17:2 and I will make a Covenant between Myself and you; and I will increase you very, very greatly."
   
RF GEN 17:3 Abram then fell on his face, and GOD spoke to him saying,
   
RF GEN 17:4 "I now make a Covenant with you, and you shall be a father of many nations;
   
RF GEN 17:5 so your name shall be Abraham; for you shall be the father of many nations
   
RF GEN 17:6 And I will make you very fruitful, and I will make nations and kingdoms proceed from you.
   
RF GEN 17:7 I will also establish My Covenant between Myself and you, and with your descendants after you from generation to generation for ever, to be a GOD to you and your race after you.
   
RF GEN 17:8 I will also give to you and your race this country where you are a foreigner, the whole land of Canaan for a possession for ever, and I will be their GOD."
   
RF GEN 17:9 GOD also repeated to Abraham, "Now this is the Covenant which you shall, keep, as well as your race after to you, in their generations.
   
RF GEN 17:10 This is the Covenant which you shall keep between Myself and you, and your race after you;
   
RF GEN 17:11 Circumcise every male of them'; and they shall be circumcised in the foreskin of the body, for an attestation of the Covenant between Myself and them.
   
RF GEN 17:12 And upon the eighth day every male shall be circumcised, in their generations, whether born,of the family, or purchased for money; although he is not of your race.
   
RF GEN 17:13 Whoever is the child of your own family, or bought for money, shall be circumcised; and it is My Covenant in your body as an everlasting bond.
   
RF GEN 17:14 But the degraded male who has not been circumcised shall then become separated from My people, because he has broken the Covenant."
   
RF GEN 17:15 GOD further said to Abraham, "Sarai, your wife, shall no more be called by the name of Sarai, for Sarah shall be her name;
   
RF GEN 17:16 and I will bless her, and also give you a son from her, and she shall become the mother of nations, and of kings of peoples."
   
RF GEN 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face and laughed and said in his heart, "When I am an hundred years old? and will Sarah also, when ninety years of age, have children?"
   
RF GEN 17:18 Then Abraham said to GOD, "I wish that Ishmael might live in Your favour."
   
RF GEN 17:19 God Repeats His Promise to Ishmael.
And GOD replied, "Feeble Sarah, your wife, shall give you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac;1 and I will fix My Covenant with him as an everlasting Covenant for his race after him.
   
RF GEN 17:20 And for Ishmael I have also heard you. My Blessing will be with him, and I will cause him to prosper and extend him very greatly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will grant him to become a great nation;
   
RF GEN 17:21 but that other is the covenant I will fix with Isaac, whom Sarah your wife will bear about this time next year." Then He ceased to converse with Him,
   
RF GEN 17:22 and the Divine Messenger went up from Abraham.
   
RF GEN 17:23 Abraham accordingly took his son Ishmael, and all who were born in his family, and all bought with his money, every male .of the people of the household of Abraham, and circumcised the foreskin of their bodies on that very day which God spoke to him.
   
RF GEN 17:24 And Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the foreskin of the body.
   
RF GEN 17:25 Ishmael also was thirteen years of age when he was circumcised in the foreskin of his body. On the very same day.
   
RF GEN 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. All the men born in his
   
RF GEN 17:27 house, or bought with his money, and foreigners, were circumcised with him.
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