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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 27:1

And when Isaac was old, and his eyes dim that he could not see, he called his eldest son Esau, and said to him; "My son," and he replied; "I am here."

RF GEN 27:2 Then he said; 'See now, I am old, and I know not the day of my death;
RF GEN 27:3 so now take up your spear, quiver, and bow, and go to the field and hunt venison for me,
RF GEN 27:4 and make me tasty food such as I love, and bring it to me, and I will eat it, so that my soul may bless you before I die."
RF GEN 27:5 But Rebekka heard the speech of Isaac to Esau his son, and that Esau had gone to the held to hunt venison to bring in.
RF GEN 27:6 Then Rebekka spoke to Jacob her son, and said, "I have just heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying,
RF GEN 27:7 Bring to me venison, and make me tasty food, that I may eat it, and I will bless you before I die.'
RF GEN 27:8 So now my son, listen to my voice to do what I shall order you,
RF GEN 27:9 Go to the flock, and select for me two good kids of the goats and I will make tasty food for your father such as he to loves,
RF GEN 27:10 and you shall carry it to your father, when he will eat, and because of it he will bless you before his death."
RF GEN 27:11 But Jacob said to Rebekka his mother; "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man;
RF GEN 27:12 when my father feels me I shall be in his eyes like a swindler, and shall bring a curse on myself, and not a blessing."
RF GEN 27:13 His mother however said to him; "Let any curse for you come on me my son, only you go and do as I tell you."
RF GEN 27:14 He consequently went, and did it, and brought to his mother, and she made for him tasty food such as his father loved.
RF GEN 27:15 Then Rebekka took some of the clothes of her son Esau, which were in the house with her, and put them on her younger son Jacob,
RF GEN 27:16 and put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and the smooth part of his neck.
RF GEN 27:17 Then she gave the dainties and the bread which she had made into the hand of her younger son Jacob,
RF GEN 27:18 and he went to his father, and said to him; "Father," and he replied, "I am here; who are you?"
RF GEN 27:19 When Jacob answered, "I am your eldest son Esau, I have done as you asked me. Rise now, turn and eat of my venison, so that your soul may bless me."
RF GEN 27:20 Isaac, however, asked his son; "How is it you have been so quick in meeting with it my son?" So he replied; Because your EVER-LIVING GOD brought it before me."
RF GEN 27:21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near me, my son, and I will feel if you are really my son Esau, or no."
RF GEN 27:22 So Jacob approached to Isaac his father and he felt him, and said "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau"
RF GEN 27:23 therefore he did not detect him, because his hands were like the hands of his brother Esau, hairy, and he was thankful.
RF GEN 27:24 Yet he asked, "Are you really my son Esau?" and he replied, "I am.
RF GEN 27:25 Then he said; "Bring it to me and I will eat of the venison of my son, so that my soul may bless you." He consequently presented it to him and he ate; and he brought wine to him and he drank.
RF GEN 27:26 Then Isaac his father said, "Come close now, my son, and give me a drink."
RF GEN 27:27 So he approached and gave him a drink; and he smelt the smell of his clothes and was satisfied, and said;—' Yes! the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed,
RF GEN 27:28 so may GOD give to you the dew from the skies, and the fatness of the earth, and increase and possession.
RF GEN 27:29 Nations shall serve you, and bow down to you; yes, a multitude of mighty peoples, with your brothers also shall pay tribute to you, my son. If any curses you, he shall be cursed; and if any blesses you, he shall be blessed."
RF GEN 27:30 But it happened that as Isaac finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had gone away from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came with his venison,
RF GEN 27:31 and he also had made dainties, and brought them to his father, and said to his father, "Arise, my father, and eat of the venison of your son, so that your soul may bless me."
RF GEN 27:32 Isaac his father however asked of him;" Who are you?" and he replied "I am your firstborn son Esau."
RF GEN 27:33 Then Isaac was terrified with a very great terror, and asked;" Who then is he who has hunted venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and I have blessed him?—Yes and he must be blessed."
RF GEN 27:34 When Esau heard the speech of his father, then he cried with a very great and bitter cry, and said to his father; "Bless me, also me, my father."
RF GEN 27:35 But he replied; "Your brother has come with deception and stolen your blessing."
RF GEN 27:36 And he answered; "He was rightly named 'Tripper-up' 1 for he has tricked me this twice; to take my birthright, and also now to take my blessing." Then he asked, "Have you not a blessing left for me?"
1 "Tripper-up." In Hebrew Yakob- English Jacob.—F.F.
RF GEN 27:37 But Isaac replied and said to Esau; "Since I have made him your Master, and have given all his brothers to him for servants, and with increase and possession I have endowed him; —where now my son is there anything I can do?"
RF GEN 27:38 But Esau said to his father; "Is there then only One Blessing with you my father? Bless me also, my father; ' and Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
RF GEN 27:39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him;
"Yes! [away from] the most fertile land shall be your dwelling.
And with the dew from the skies above.
RF GEN 27:40 And you shall live by your sword, but shall serve your brother;
Yet when you extend, you shall break his yoke From off your neck."
RF GEN 27:41 But Esau hated Jacob for the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, "The day approaches for the mourning of my father, when I will kill my brother."
RF GEN 27:42 But the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekka, so she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him; "Now Esau, your brother, intends to kill you;
RF GEN 27:43 consequently my son listen to my voice, and arise and go away to Laban my brother, at Kharan,
RF GEN 27:44 and stay with him for some time, until the anger of your brother has passed away.
RF GEN 27:45 When the rage of your brother against you has passed, and he forgets what you have done to him, I will send and fetch you from there. Why should I be deprived of both in one day?"
RF GEN 27:46 Then Rebekka said to Isaac, "I hate my life in the presence of these Hitite girls! If Jacob should take a wife from among these Hitite girls—such girls as they are, in this country, —why should I live?"

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