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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 20:1

Abraham and Abimelek.
Abraham then removed quietly from there landward, and settled between Kadesh and the Wall, and resided in Gherar.

   
RF GEN 20:2 And as Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister," Abimelek the king of Gherar sent and took Sarah.
   
RF GEN 20:3 GOD, however, came to Abimelek in a dream at night, and said, "Beware of death because of this woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife."
   
RF GEN 20:4 But Abimelek had not made advances to her, so he replied, "My LORD, would you kill a just person?
   
RF GEN 20:5 Has not this man said to me 'She is my sister?' and did not she herself say to me, He is my brother?' In the honesty of my heart, and the innocence of my hand, I have done this."
   
RF GEN 20:6 Then GOD said to him in a dream, "I also know that in the honesty of your heart you have done this, so I restrained you; I also warned you from sin against Me; therefore I did not permit you to approach her.
   
RF GEN 20:7 So now return the woman to her husband, for he is a Great Teacher, and will intercede for you. But if you do not return her, know that you shall certainly die, and all that you have."
   
RF GEN 20:8 When Abimelek awoke in the morning, he called his ministers, and related in their hearing the whole of these events, and the men were greatly afraid.
   
RF GEN 20:9 Abimelek consequently called Abraham and asked him, "What have you done to us? and what have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom this great danger for acts they have not done? You have done us a wrong." And Abimelek continued to Abraham, "What have you seen that you have done this thing?"
   
RF GEN 20:10 But Abraham replied, "I said that, to perhaps, there is no fear of GOD in this place,
   
RF GEN 20:11 and they will kill me on account of my wife.
   
RF GEN 20:12 And indeed she is my sister, the daughter-in-law of my father, but not of my mother; and she was given to me for a wife.
   
RF GEN 20:13 But when GOD caused me to be a wanderer from my father's house, then I said to her, 'This is the kindness which you shall show to me in every place where we come; say I am your brother.'"
   
RF GEN 20:14 Abimelek, however, took sheep, oxen, slaves, and girls, and gave to Abraham; and he returned Sarah his wife to him.
   
RF GEN 20:15 And Abimelek said, "See my country is before you, stay wherever it is good for your eyes;"
   
RF GEN 20:16 while to Sarah he said, "I have given a thousand gifts to this brother of yours, for he must be a covering of the eyes to all who are with you, and to all who meet you.'"
   
RF GEN 20:17 Then Abraham appealed for Abimelek to GOD; and GOD made the wives of Abimelek fruitful, and his servants as well, and they gave birth to children;
   
RF GEN 20:18 because the EVER-LIVING had sterilized those of the household of Abimelek, on account of Sarah the wife of Abraham.
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