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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 21:1

The Promise fulfilled in Isaac.
The EVER-LIVING afterwards effected with Sarah what He had promised, and the LORD did for Sarah that which He had said;

   
RF GEN 21:2 and Sarah conceiving, gave birth to a son to Abraham in his old age, in the way that GOD had promised him.
   
RF GEN 21:3 Abraham accordingly gave the son born to him, by Sarah, the name of Isaac;
   
RF GEN 21:4 and Abraham circumcised Isaac on the eighth day, as GOD had instructed him.
   
RF GEN 21:5 And Abraham was then one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
   
RF GEN 21:6 Sarah then said,
"GOD has made a delight for me;
For He has heard my laugh to Him,
All who hear will laugh with me;"
   
RF GEN 21:7 and she continued,
"For Abraham I am a flowing brook,
He has made me suckle children,
For I have borne a son to his age."
   
RF GEN 21:8 When the lad grew and was weaned, Abraham celebrated the weaning of Isaac with a great feast.
   
RF GEN 21:9 Sarah also saw the son, which Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham, playing;
   
RF GEN 21:10 and said to Abraham, "Drive out my maid and her son, for the son of this slave shall not be an inheritor with my son Isaac."
   
RF GEN 21:11 The Renewed Promise to Ishmael.
But in Abraham's view, this speech was very bad, in regard to his son;
   
RF GEN 21:12 but GOD said to Abraham: "Let it not be disheartening in your sight; do all that Sarah has said against the lad, and against his mother. Listen to what she says; for from Isaac I will nominate an Heir to you.
   
RF GEN 21:13 And also from the son of your second wife I will found a great nation:—for he is your heir."
   
RF GEN 21:14 Abraham accordingly rose up at dawn; and taking bread and a skin of water, he placed them on the shoulder of Hagar, and the lad's, and sent her away; and she went and wandered in the desert of Beersheba.1
   
RF GEN 21:15 When the water in the skin was exhausted, however, she placed the lad under a bush;
   
RF GEN 21:16 and went and seated herself on the other side, for she said, "I shall not then see the lad's death." So she rested on the other side, and she raised her voice and wept.
   
RF GEN 21:17 GOD then heard the voice of the youth, and a Messenger of GOD called from the sky to Hagar and said to her, "What, Hagar, is the matter? Be not afraid, for GOD has heard the voice of the lad, from where he is.
   
RF GEN 21:18 Arise, take the lad, and support him, for I will make from him a great Nation."
   
RF GEN 21:19 Then GOD opened her eyes, and she saw a spring of water, and she gave the lad a drink.
   
RF GEN 21:20 Thus GOD gave life to the lad, and he grew, and dwelt in the desert, and became a mighty archer,
   
RF GEN 21:21 and settled in the desert of Paran; and she took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
   
RF GEN 21:22 Abraham's Treaty with Abimelech.
It was about this time that Abimelek, and Pikol the commander of his army, addressed Abraham, saying, "GOD is with you in all that you do.
   
RF GEN 21:23 So now take an oath to me before GOD, that you may not deceive, and to my children and posterity, that the kindness which I have shown to you, you will show to me, and to the land where you have been a foreigner."
   
RF GEN 21:24 And Abraham replied, "I will take the oath."
   
RF GEN 21:25 Abraham then reproved Abimelek about the affair of the well of water, which the servants of Abimelek had stolen.
   
RF GEN 21:26 Then Abimelek answered, "I did not myself know of that matter; and neither did you report it to me; and I never heard it until today."
   
RF GEN 21:27 Abraham then took sheep and oxen, and gave to Abimelek, and the two entered into a treaty.
   
RF GEN 21:28 Abimelek then asked Abraham,
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1 The Well of the Oath.
   
RF GEN 21:29 "What are these seven lambs for, which you have put by themselves?"
   
RF GEN 21:30 "You take these seven lambs from my hand," he answered, "that they may be an evidence for me that I dug this well."
   
RF GEN 21:31 They accordingly called that place the Well of the Oath, 1
   
RF GEN 21:32 and he entered into a treaty at the Well of the Oath, with both Abimelek and Pikol, the commander of his army. Then they returned to the land of the Philistines.
   
RF GEN 21:33 They also planted tamarisk trees by the Well of the Oath, and called there on the name of the EVER-LIVING ETERNAL GOD,
   
RF GEN 21:34 So Abraham remained in the land of the Philistines for many days.
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1. Beer-sheba.
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