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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 23:1

"The Death of Sarah.
Now the life of Sarah was one hundred and twenty-seven years, the whole of the life of Sarah;

   
RF GEN 23:2 and Sarah died in Kiriath-Arba, 2 in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to mourn and lament for Sarah.
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2 "Now Hebron," is also an ancient explanatory note.—F.F.
   
RF GEN 23:3 Then Abraham rose up from the presence of his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth saying;
   
RF GEN 23:4 "I am a foreigner and wanderer with you, give me the possession of a grave among you, and I can bury my dead from my sight."
   
RF GEN 23:5 And the sons of Heth replied to Abraham,
   
RF GEN 23:6 "We listen to my lord, who stands like a god among us. Choose from our tombs a grave for your dead. None of us will deny his tomb to you, where you can bury your dead."
   
RF GEN 23:7 Then Abraham rose up, and bowed to the people of the land, to the sons of Heth,
   
RF GEN 23:8 and addressed them saying; "If it is in your minds to let my dead be buried from my sight, listen to me, and apply for me to Ephron, the son of Tzohar,
   
RF GEN 23:9 and let him sell to me the Cave of Macphelah, which is within the boundaries of his land. He shall sell it to me for full value as a tomb possessed among you."
   
RF GEN 23:10 Now Ephron resided among the sons of Heth, and Ephron spoke after Abraham, in the hearing of the sons of Heth, to all who came to the gates of the town, saying;
   
RF GEN 23:11 "No, my lord, listen to me! I give you the field, and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of the sons of my people; I give it to you as a grave to bury your dead."
   
RF GEN 23:12 Then Abraham bowed to the people of the land;
   
RF GEN 23:13 and addressed Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying; "Nay, if you are disposed to listen to me, I will pay you money for the field; so accept it from me and I will bury my dead there."
   
RF GEN 23:14 Then Ephron, in reply to Abraham said;
   
RF GEN 23:15 "My lord, listen to me; for four hundred shekels of money between me and you, the land is yours, and you can bury your dead."
   
RF GEN 23:16 So Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed to Ephron the money which he had agreed upon, in the sight of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver currency.
   
RF GEN 23:17 Thus he bought the field of Ephron, that is in Macphelah, which is opposite Mamrah, the field and the cave which is in it, and all the trees which were in the field, with all the hedge around it.
   
RF GEN 23:18 Thus Abraham bought it in the presence of the sons of Heth, of all who came to the gate of the town,
   
RF GEN 23:19 and after that, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Macphelah, opposite Mamrah,1 in the land of Canaan;
   
RF GEN 23:20 and the field with the cave in it was acquired by Abraham for a burial ground from the sons of Heth.
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1 The words, "That is now Hebron," are the note of an ancient editor, not part of the original text, for Hebron had not attained its name in the days of Moses.—F.F.
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