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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 28:1

Jacob Sent to Padan Aram.
Consequently Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him, and commanded him not to take a wife from the girls of Canaan.

   
RF GEN 28:2 "Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father, and take yourself a wife from there from the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.
   
RF GEN 28:3 And may ALMIGHTY GOD bless you, and make you fruitful, and increase, and may you become an assembly of nations,
   
RF GEN 28:4 and may He give the blessings of Abraham to you and your race with you, to inherit the land of your strangerhood, which GOD gave to Abraham."
   
RF GEN 28:5 Thus Isaac sent off Jacob, and he travelled to Padan Aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel, the Arami, the brother of Rebekka, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
   
RF GEN 28:6 But when Esau knew that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Padan Aram to take himself a wife from there to comfort him,—and had ordered him saying, "Take not a wife from the girls of Canaan,"
   
RF GEN 28:7 and that Jacob had listened to the voice of his father and mother, and had gone to Padan Aram,—
   
RF GEN 28:8 then Esau perceived that the girls of Canaan were displeasing in the eyes of Isaac his father,
   
RF GEN 28:9 so Esau went to Ishmael and took Malath the daughter of Ishmael the son of Abraham, the sister of Nebaioth, besides his other wives, as a wife to himself.
   
RF GEN 28:10 Jacobs History in Padan Aram.
Jacob, however, set out from the Well of the Oath and travelled to Kharan.
   
RF GEN 28:11 And he arrived at a place and rested there, for it was sunset; so he took one of the stones of the place and put it for his pillow and laid down in the spot.
   
RF GEN 28:12 Then he dreamed and saw a ladder with its foot standing on the ground and its head reaching to the heavens, and there were MESSENGERS of GOD ascending and descending it.
   
RF GEN 28:13 And he saw the EVER-LIVING stationed above it, Who said; "I am the EVER-LIVING GOD of your father Abraham, and the GOD of Isaac,—the land which you now lie upon I will give to you and your race;
   
RF GEN 28:14 and your race shall be like the dust of the earth, and shall spread West and East, and North and South, and all the Nations of the world shall be benefited by you and your Heir.
   
RF GEN 28:15 Be assured also that I am with you, and will guard you wherever you go, and I will give you a quiet return to this country, for I will not forsake you until I have accomplished what I have promised to you."
   
RF GEN 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep, and exclaimed; "The EVER-LIVING is certainly in this place, and I knew it not;
   
RF GEN 28:17 "so he was afraid and said; "How terrible this place is! Is not this truly the House of GOD? and this the Gate of Heaven?"
   
RF GEN 28:18 Jacob, however, slept until morning, when he took the stone which he had placed for a pillow and sat it upright, and poured oil on the top of it
   
RF GEN 28:19 and called the name of that place "GOD'S House"1( but Andam-loz was its former name).
   
RF GEN 28:20 Then Jacob vowed a vow, saying; "If the EVER-LIVING GOD is with me, and will guard me in the way that I now go, and give to me bread to eat and clothing to put on,
   
RF GEN 28:21 and bring me back safely to the house of my father,—then the EVER-LIVING shall be my GOD.
   
RF GEN 28:22 And this stone which I placed for a pillow shall be a House of GOD, and of all that You give to me, I will return a tenth part to You."
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