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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 25:1

Abraham and Keturah.
Abraham prospered, and he took a wife whose name was Keturah,

   
RF GEN 25:2 and she bore him Zimram, and Yokshan, and Midan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuakh.
   
RF GEN 25:3 And Yokshan begot Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Ashurim, and Tushim, and Lammim.
   
RF GEN 25:4 And the sons of Midian, Aifah and Afer, and Hanok, and Abida, and Aldaha, all were descendants from Keturah.
   
RF GEN 25:5 Abraham left all that was with him to Isaac,
   
RF GEN 25:6 but to the sons of the secondary wives that Abraham had, Abraham gave fortunes and sent them from his son Isaac, during his own life, to the east of the eastern country.
   
RF GEN 25:7 These were the days of the life of Abraham that he lived; one hundred and seventy-five years;
   
RF GEN 25:8 so Abraham expired and died, a fine grey-headed old man, and satisfied, and they placed him with his people;
   
RF GEN 25:9 and his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Makphelah on the estate of Ephron the son of Zohar the Khivite, which is before Mamrah;
   
RF GEN 25:10 the field which Abraham bought from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife.
   
RF GEN 25:11 After the death of Abraham GOD prospered Isaac his son, and he resided at the Well of Vision.
   
RF GEN 25:12 The History of Ishmael.
Now these are the sons of Ishmael, son of Abraham, whom Hagar, the Egyptian, the slave of Sarah, had by Abraham.
   
RF GEN 25:13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by the names of their families. The eldest of Ishmael was Nebioth, and Kedar, and Abdal,
   
RF GEN 25:14 and Mibsam, Mishma, and Dumah,
   
RF GEN 25:15 and Masa; Khader, and Thema, Zetur, Nafish, and Kadmah.
   
RF GEN 25:16 These were sons of Ishmael; and these their names, by their villages and towers, twelve men by their nations.
   
RF GEN 25:17 The years of the life of Ishmael were a hundred and thirty-seven years, when he expired and died, and was added to his people;
   
RF GEN 25:18 and they took him from Havilah to the Wall which is between Egypt and the road to Ashur, laying him with all his relatives.
   
RF GEN 25:19 History of Isaac.
And these are the children of Isaac, son of Abraham; Abraham begat Isaac.
   
RF GEN 25:20 And Isaac son of Abraham was forty years old when he took for his wife Rebekka the daughter of Bethuel the Aramite of Padan Aram, and sister of Laban the Aramite.
   
RF GEN 25:21 And Isaac prayed to the EVER-LIVING about his wife, for she was childless, and the LORD answered him; for Rebekka his wife conceived
   
RF GEN 25:22 and the children struggled together in her breast and she consequently said, "Why does this happen to me?" so went to enquire of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 25:23 And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your breast, and two peoples shall proceed from your womb, and one people shall be stronger than the other people, and the elder shall serve the younger."
   
RF GEN 25:24 When her days were full for her delivery there were twins;
   
RF GEN 25:25 and the first born boy came out covered with hair, and she called his name Esau.1
   
RF GEN 25:26 Then after him came his brother, with his hand holding the heel of Esau, so they called his name Jacob.2 Isaac was sixty years old at the birth of them.
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1 The Hairy.
2 The Tripper-up.
   
RF GEN 25:27 Esau Sells his Birthright Foolishly.
When the lads grew up, Esau was a man skillful in hunting,—a man of the field; but Jacob was a quiet man,—a stayer in the tent.
   
RF GEN 25:28 So Isaac loved Esau because he hunted with him; but Rebekka. loved Jacob.
   
RF GEN 25:29 Once when Jacob was boiling porridge, Esau came from the field, and he was exhausted;
   
RF GEN 25:30 So Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me now with that red porridge, for I am exhausted "; therefore they called his name" Red-soup."1
   
RF GEN 25:31 But Jacob replied, "Sell me your Birthright today."
   
RF GEN 25:32 Then Esau answered, "Now I am going to die—what is that Birthright to me?"
   
RF GEN 25:33 So Jacob said, "Swear to me now at once." And he swore to him, and sold his Birthright to Jacob.
   
RF GEN 25:34 Then Jacob gave to Esau bread and lentil porridge, and he ate, and drank, and rose up, and went. Thus Esau was careless about his Birthright.
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