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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 2:1 Thus the whole Host of the Heavens as well as the Earth were completed.
   
RF GEN 2:2 And GOD rested at the seventh age from all the works which He had made;
   
RF GEN 2:3 Therefore GOD blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it, because He then rested from all the work which GOD had arranged to do.
   
RF GEN 2:4 The Creation Planned by its Creator.
These were the productions for the Heavens and the Earth during their creation at the period of their organization by the LORD GOD of both the Earth and Heavens;
   
RF GEN 2:5 And of every plant of the field before it was upon the Earth, and every herb of the field before He caused it to grow, even before the EVER-LIVING GOD had scattered them upon the Earth and Man existed not to cultivate the Earth.
   
RF GEN 2:6 A vapour then rose up from the Earth, and saturated the whole surface of the ground.
   
RF GEN 2:7 The formation of Man from the Dust of the Ground by the EVER-LIVING God.
The EVER-LIVING God afterwards formed Man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the life of animals; 1 BUT MAN BECAME A LIFE-CONTAINING SOUL.
   
RF GEN 2:8 The EVER-LIVING GOD then planted a garden in Eden,—in the East;—and there He placed the man whom He had formed.
   
RF GEN 2:9 And out of the ground the EVER-LIVING GOD caused to grow all the trees that were beautiful and good for food, as well as the Tree of Lives in the center of the Garden; and the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
   
RF GEN 2:10 A lake also sprang up in Eden to supply the Garden with water, and from there it divided and became four sources.
   
RF GEN 2:11 The name of the first is Pishon, and flows along the land of Havilah, where there is gold.
   
RF GEN 2:12 And the gold of that land is pure; there are also bdellium and the onyx.
   
RF GEN 2:13 And the second river is Jihon; it flows along all the land of Kush.
   
RF GEN 2:14 The name of the third river is Hidikel, which flows through the east of Ashur, and the fourth river is the Frath.2
   
RF GEN 2:15 The EVER-LIVING GOD then took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden for the purpose of cultivating and taking care of it.
   
RF GEN 2:16 And the LORD GOD instructed the man, saying, "For food you may eat of the whole of the trees of the Garden;
   
RF GEN 2:17 but from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you shall not eat; because in the day you eat from it dying you shall die."
   
RF GEN 2:18 The EVER-LIVING GOD also said, "It is not good for the man to be in solitude; I will make a comforter to live with him."
   
RF GEN 2:19 Therefore the EVER-LIVING GOD, who had formed out of the ground every animal of the field as well as every bird of the skies, took them to the man to see what he would name them. And whatever the man with the Living Soul called them, that was their name.
   
RF GEN 2:20 So the man gave names to all the quadrupeds, and all the birds of the skies, and to all the wild animals; but it was no comfort for the man to be with them.
   
RF GEN 2:21 So the EVER-LIVING GOD threw the man into a stupor, and he slept. And taking one of his ribs, He closed up the flesh in its place.
   
RF GEN 2:22 And from the rib, which the EVER-LIVING GOD had taken out of the man, He constructed a woman, and brought her to the man.
   
RF GEN 2:23 And the man said, "This form is bone of my own bone, and flesh of my own flesh. This shall be named woman,' because she was taken from man."
   
RF GEN 2:24 Man shall therefore leave his father and his mother, and shall unite with his wife; and they shall be one body.
   
RF GEN 2:25 And they were naked, the man and his wife, but they were not ashamed.
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1. Or Reflective, or Intellectual life. See 1 Co 2:12, and 1 Co 3:3 —F.F.
2. Euphrates.
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