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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 19:1

The Destruction of Sodom for Sin.
And two of the Messengers came to Sodom at evening, when Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw and rose to invite them, and bowed his face to the ground,

   
RF GEN 19:2 and said, "See now my good sirs, turn aside to the house of your servant, and rest yourselves, and wash your feet, and quench your thirst, and you can then proceed on your journey." But they replied, "No; for we must go further."
   
RF GEN 19:3 Then he pressed them much; so they turned with him, and came to his house; and he made them a repast with unleavened cakes, and they partook of them.
   
RF GEN 19:4 It was not yet time for sleep, when the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, from youths to old men; in fact, all the people of the neighborhood;
   
RF GEN 19:5 and called out to Lot, and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you to-night? bring them out to us, that we may ravish them."
   
RF GEN 19:6 Lot however went out to them to the porch; and the doors were closed behind him;
   
RF GEN 19:7 and he said, "My friends, do not commit such wickedness.
   
RF GEN 19:8 Look now, I have two virgin daughters; I will bring them to you, and you can do to them whatever you like; only to these men do not such a thing; for as a protection from it, they came to the shelter of my roof."
   
RF GEN 19:9 But they replied, "Be off with that! This fellow came here a foreigner, and he dictates decisions; now it shall be worse for you than for them." Then they rushed to the man Lot with a vengeance, and attempted to break the gates.
   
RF GEN 19:10 But the men put out their hands, and brought Lot to themselves into the house, and closed the gates;
   
RF GEN 19:11 and they struck the men in front of the house with blindness, from the youngest to the oldest, so that they could not find the door-way.
   
RF GEN 19:12 Then the men said to Lot, "Now, who is with you here, relative, or son or daughter, or any one that you have in this city; let them go out from this place,
   
RF GEN 19:13 for we shall destroy this place, for its great shriek has come before the EVER-LIVING; and the EVER-LIVING has sent US to destroy it."
   
RF GEN 19:14 Lot therefore went out and spoke to his relatives, to the husbands of his daughters, and said, "Come let us go out from this place, for the EVER-LIVING will destroy the city." But he was considered a fool in the eyes of his relatives.
   
RF GEN 19:15 So, when dawn arrived, the Messengers said to Lot, "Get up, take your wife and your two daughters, and go out, for the crimes of this city are completed."
   
RF GEN 19:16 But he hesitated; so the men seized hold of his hand, and the hand of his wife, and the hands of his two daughters, from the pity of the LORD towards him, and brought them out, and placed them outside the city.
   
RF GEN 19:17 And when they had brought them out, they then said, "Fly for your life! Look not behind you, and delay not, in all the plain; take flight to the mountains; take yourself there."
   
RF GEN 19:18 But Lot answered them, "Oh! my Lords,
   
RF GEN 19:19 let now your servant find favour in your sight, and increase the kindness which you have done to me, to enliven my soul; for I am not able to escape to the hills before the disaster will overtake me, and I shall die.
   
RF GEN 19:20 See now this city, it is easy to escape there, in a little time I can escape to there; is it not a trifle? and my life will be preserved."
   
RF GEN 19:21 So one replied to him, "Yes, I will accept your presence, also for this thing, I will not destroy this town on behalf of which you have spoken.
   
RF GEN 19:22 Be quick to escape there, for I am not able to do the thing until you arrive there." He accordingly called the name of that place Tzoar.1
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1. Trifle
   
RF GEN 19:23 The sun had risen above the land when Lot entered Tzoar.
   
RF GEN 19:24 The EVER-LIVING then rained upon Sodom, and upon Gomorrah, lightning and fire from the EVER-LIVING from the skies,
   
RF GEN 19:25 and overwhelmed those towns, them and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the towns, and the produce of the land.
   
RF GEN 19:26 But his wife looked back, and was transformed into a pillar of salt.
   
RF GEN 19:27 And when Abraham went in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord,
   
RF GEN 19:28 and looked out towards Sodom and Gomorrah, and towards all the land of the plain, he saw and perceived a stench and smoke rise up from the country, like the smoke from a furnace.
   
RF GEN 19:29 Thus it was that GOD destroyed the cities of the plain. But GOD remembered Abraham, and sent Lot beyond the reach of the destruction with which he destroyed those towns where Lot lived.
   
RF GEN 19:30 And Lot went up from Tzoar, and settled in the hills along with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Tzoar; so he lived in a cave along with his two daughters.
   
RF GEN 19:31 And the elder said to the younger, "Our father grows old, and there is not a man in the country to come to us as others do all the world over.
   
RF GEN 19:32 Come on, let us make our father drunk with wine, and cohabit with him; and it may be that we shall have children by our father."
   
RF GEN 19:33 So they made their father drunk with wine that night, and the elder went and lay with her father, but he was not aware of the fact when she lay down or rose up.
   
RF GEN 19:34 It was some time afterwards that the elder said to the younger, "See, I went with my father the other night, let us make him drunk with wine also tonight, and you can go and lie with him, and it may be you will have children by your father."
   
RF GEN 19:35 So they made their father drunk also that night with wine, and the younger rose and went with him, and he knew not when she lay down or when she rose up.
   
RF GEN 19:36 Thus both of the daughters of Lot conceived from their father.
   
RF GEN 19:37 Then the elder gave birth to a son, and she called his name Moab; he was the ancestor of Moab, of today.
   
RF GEN 19:38 And the younger also gave birth to a son, and she called his name Ben-Ami; he was the ancestor of Ammon, of today.
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