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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 24:1

The History of Isaac's Marriage.
Abraham however grew old, and advanced in years; and the LORD had prospered Abraham in everything.

   
RF GEN 24:2 Then Abraham said to his servant, the chief of his household, and steward over all he had: "I wish you to put your hand under my thigh,
   
RF GEN 24:3 and take an oath to me by the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Heaven, and the GOD of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the Canaanites, among whom I reside;
   
RF GEN 24:4 but that you will go to my old family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
   
RF GEN 24:5 But the servant asked him, "If a woman does not desire to come along with me to this country, shall I return and take your son to the land from which you came?
   
RF GEN 24:6 "When Abraham, in reply to him said, "Be careful not to take my son there.
   
RF GEN 24:7 The EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Heaven, who took me from my father's home, and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me, and also took oath to me, saying, 'I will give this country to your race,' He will send His Messenger before you; and you will bring a wife for my son from there.
   
RF GEN 24:8 But if a woman does not desire to come along with you, then you shall be free from this oath; except that you must never take my son there."
   
RF GEN 24:9 Abraham's servant accordingly put his hand under the thigh of his master, and took an oath to him upon this matter.
   
RF GEN 24:10 The servant afterwards took ten camels of his master, and plenty of his master's wealth in his hand, and rose up, and went to Arambetween-the-Rivers, to the town of Nahor;
   
RF GEN 24:11 and he knelt the camels outside the town, at the well of water, in the evening, at the time when they came out to draw water,
   
RF GEN 24:12 and prayed;" EVER-LIVING GOD of my master, Abraham, turn now Your face today, and do a kindness to my master Abraham.
   
RF GEN 24:13 I am here encamped at the spring of water; and the daughters of the men of the town will come out to draw water;
   
RF GEN 24:14 so let it be, that when the girl to whom I say, Hand me your jar, and I will drink,' if she replies, Drink, and I will also give drink to your camels,' let Your servant take her to Isaac; for by that I shall know that You will do a kindness to my master."
   
RF GEN 24:15 And it so happened, as he was coming to the end of his prayer, that Rebekka, who was the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milka, wife of Nahor, the brother of Abraham, came out with a bucket upon her shoulder;
   
RF GEN 24:16 and the girl was very beautiful to look upon, a, maiden, who had no sweetheart, and she ran to the well, filled her bucket, and drew it up.
   
RF GEN 24:17 The steward was delighted, and spoke to her, and said; "Will you give me a drink of a. little of the water from your bucket?"
   
RF GEN 24:18 "Drink, sir," was her reply, and she tripped on, and lowered her bucket to her hand and gave him a drink.
   
RF GEN 24:19 When she had given him a drink, she added, "And now, I will draw for your camels, that they may all have a drink."
   
RF GEN 24:20 Then she ran and carried her bucket to the spring, and dipped it into the well to draw, and she drew for all the camels.
   
RF GEN 24:21 The man watched her silently, to know whether or not the EVER-LIVING had granted prosperity to his journey.
   
RF GEN 24:22 And when she had watered all the camels, then the man took a brooch of gold of half a shekel, and placed on her arms two bracelets of rich gold of a shekel
   
RF GEN 24:23 and said, "My girl, will you now ask the men of your father's house for a place for us to lodge in?"
   
RF GEN 24:24 And she answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milka, whom she had to Nahor."
   
RF GEN 24:25 And she continued; "We have plenty of straw and fodder, and room enough for you to lodge."
   
RF GEN 24:26 Then the man bowed, and thanked the EVER-LIVING, and said;
   
RF GEN 24:27 "Thank the EVER-LIVING. GOD of my master Abraham, Who has not forgotten His goodness and truth to my master, for the EVER-LIVING has led me to the house of the brother of my master."
   
RF GEN 24:28 And the girl ran, and reported to the house of her mother, as it is here related;
   
RF GEN 24:29 and to Rebekka's brother, whose name was Laban. Then Laban rose to go to the man who rested near the well,
   
RF GEN 24:30 when he saw the brooches and the bracelets on the hands of his sister, and heard the words of Rebekka his sister, "That the man said this to me," he went to the man, who remained by the well with his camels, and said,
   
RF GEN 24:31 "Come in, you blessed of the LORD. Why do you stand outside, when I offer you the house, and a stable for your camels?"
   
RF GEN 24:32 Then the man entered his house, and he unloaded the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the feet of the young men, who were with him.
   
RF GEN 24:33 He also placed food before them.
But he replied; "I will not eat until I have delivered my message."
"Speak," he said.
   
RF GEN 24:34 "I am the servant of Abraham," he answered;
   
RF GEN 24:35 "and the EVER-LIVING has prospered my master very greatly; and has given to him sheep and oxen, and silver and gold, and men and women servants, camels and asses.
   
RF GEN 24:36 Sarah also, my master's wife, had a son to my master, a son in his old age, and he will give him all he has.
   
RF GEN 24:37 Now my master has pledged me to say, Take not a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom. I reside in their land;
   
RF GEN 24:38 but go instead, to the home of my father, and choose a wife for my son from among my own family.'
   
RF GEN 24:39 I replied to my master, Perhaps the woman will not come with me.'
   
RF GEN 24:40 Then go he said to me; The EVER-LIVING Who has caused me to walk in His presence, will send His Messenger along with you, and He will guide you in your path so as to secure a wife for my son, from among the children of, my own tribe, and from the home of my father.
   
RF GEN 24:41 So take an oath to me that you will go to my tribe, and if they will not give to you, you shall be free from your oath to me.'.
   
RF GEN 24:42 And I came today to the well, and said, 'LORD the GOD of my master Abraham, if it pleases You, point me to the path that. I should follow.
   
RF GEN 24:43 See! I have arrived at this well of water, so let it be that when a young girl comes to draw, when I say to her give me a little water from your bucket
   
RF GEN 24:44 and she answers to me, Drink yourself, and I will also draw for the camels," she shall be the wife the LORD will grant to the son of my master.'
   
RF GEN 24:45 This speech had not come to an end on my lips, when Rebekka approached with her bucket upon her shoulder; and she dropped it into the well, and drew. Then I said to her,
   
RF GEN 24:46 'Pray, give me a drink,' and she quickly lowered the bucket from off her, and said; 'Drink, and I will also water your camels.' So I drank; and she watered the camels as well.
   
RF GEN 24:47 Then I inquired of her and asked; 'My girl, who are you?' And she replied, 'The daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor, whom Milka had to him.' So I placed the brooches on her brow, and the bracelets upon her hands.
   
RF GEN 24:48 Then I bowed to the LORD and worshipped, and thanked the EVER-LIVING GOD of my master Abraham, Who had been kind to me, leading me in the right way to the house of the brother of my master, for his son.
   
RF GEN 24:49 And now, if it is your will to show kindness and truth to my master, inform me; and if not, tell me so, and I will turn to the right or to the left."
   
RF GEN 24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "This has proceeded from the LORD; we are not able to say to you either good or ill.
   
RF GEN 24:51 See, Rebekka is before you; take her and go; and she shall be a wife to the son of your master, as the EVER-LIVING has directed."
   
RF GEN 24:52 And when Abraham's steward heard their words, he bowed to the ground to the LORD.
   
RF GEN 24:53 The steward also brought out ornaments of silver, and ornaments of gold and clothing, and put them Upon Rebekka; and gave treasures to her brother and mother.
   
RF GEN 24:54 Then they ate and drank he and the men with him, and rested; and rising in the morning, he said, "I will now return to my master."
   
RF GEN 24:55 The brother and mother, however, said, "Let the girl remain with us a day or two, after that she shall go."
   
RF GEN 24:56 He, however, replied, "If she will not go with me, then the LORD will prosper the way of return, and I will go back to my master."
   
RF GEN 24:57 Then they said, "Let the girl be called, and ask her own self."
   
RF GEN 24:58 So they called Rebekka, and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," was her reply."
   
RF GEN 24:59 They, therefore, sent off Rebekka their sister, with her nurse, and the steward of Abraham and his attendants,
   
RF GEN 24:60 and they gave Rebekka their blessing, and said to her; "You are our sister. Increase to thousands, and may your descendants possess the gate of their enemies."
   
RF GEN 24:61 Then they lifted Rebekka and her attendants, and placed them upon camels and they rode after the man; thus the steward took Rebekka and departed.
   
RF GEN 24:62 Now, Isaac was travelling towards the Well of Vision, for he resided in the south country;
   
RF GEN 24:63 and he had come out to meditate in the field at the approach of the evening, and there he raised his eyes and looked, and saw camels coming.
   
RF GEN 24:64 Rebekka also raised her eyes, and saw Isaac, and dismounted from her camel,
   
RF GEN 24:65 and asked the steward, "What man is that who walks in the field?" and the steward replied, "He is my master." So she took a veil, and put it on.
   
RF GEN 24:66 Then the steward reported to Isaac all the things that he had done;
   
RF GEN 24:67 and Isaac brought her to the tent of his mother Sarah; so he took Rebekka, and she was a wife to him, and Isaac loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his mother.
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