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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 22:1

The Trial of Abraham's Faith.
After these events, GOD tried Abraham and said to him, "Abraham," and he replied "I am here."

   
RF GEN 22:2 Then He said, "Take your son, your peculiar one, whom you love—Isaac —and go to the Land of Vision, and offer him there as a burnt-offering upon one of the hills which I will point out to you."
   
RF GEN 22:3 When Abraham woke in the morning he saddled his ass, and took two youths along with him, and Isaac his son, and split up wood for a sacrifice; and they rose up and went to the place which GOD had told him.
   
RF GEN 22:4 On the third day, Abraham looked up, and saw the spot some distance off.
   
RF GEN 22:5 Then Abraham said to his attendants, "Stay here by yourselves, with the ass, and the lad and I will go and worship, and will then return to you."
   
RF GEN 22:6 Abraham accordingly took the wood for the sacrifice and placed it upon Isaac his son, and took in his own hand the fire and the knife, and the two went together.
   
RF GEN 22:7 Isaac then said to Abraham, his father, "My father," and he replied, "I am here, my son." "There is fire and wood," he said, "but where is the lamb for 'the burnt-offering?"
   
RF GEN 22:8 "GOD," answered Abraham, "will provide a lamb for Himself for a burnt-offering, my son;" so they went on together.
   
RF GEN 22:9 When they came to the place that GOD had commanded him, Abraham built an altar, and arranged the wood, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him upon the altar, upon the top of the wood.
   
RF GEN 22:10 Then Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slaughter his son;
   
RF GEN 22:11 but a Messenger from the EVER-LIVING called to him from the skies, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he replied, "I am here."
   
RF GEN 22:12 "Stretch not your hand against the young man," he said, "nor do to him what you intended, for now I know that you reverence GOD, and would not withhold from Me your son, your special one."
   
RF GEN 22:13 Abraham then looked up and saw a goat caught in a bush by its horns. So Abraham went, and took the goat, and offered it as a burnt-offering, instead of his son.
   
RF GEN 22:14 Abraham therefore called the name of that place Jehovah-Jirah.1
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1. The Revealing LORD. The words, "It is said to this day, In the Hill of the LORD it can be seen," are a note of an old copyist, not part of the text of Moses.—F.F.
   
RF GEN 22:15 Then the messenger of the EVER-LIVING called again to Abraham from the skies,
   
RF GEN 22:16 and said to him, "I promise," the LORD declares, "that because you have done this thing, and not held back your special son,
   
RF GEN 22:17 that when blessing I will bless you, and when increasing I will increase your race as the stars of the skies, and like the sand upon the sea-shore; and your race shall possess the gates of its enemies;
   
RF GEN 22:18 and I will benefit all the nations of the earth through your heir, because you have listened to My voice."
   
RF GEN 22:19 Abraham afterwards returned to his attendants, and they rose up and went back to the Well of the Oath.
   
RF GEN 22:20 After these events a message was delivered to Abraham, "Your sister Milka has given birth to children to Nahor your brother,
   
RF GEN 22:21 Uz and his brother Buz, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
   
RF GEN 22:22 and Kesed, and Hazo, and Kildash, and Zidlaf, and Bethuel;
   
RF GEN 22:23 and Bethuel has produced Rebekka, these eight Milka has borne to Nahor your brother.
   
RF GEN 22:24 And his second wife, whose name is Raumah, she also has given birth to Tabakh, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Makah.
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