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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 29:1 Then Jacob arose on to his feet, and went towards the land of the sons of the East;
   
RF GEN 29:2 and he looked and saw a Well in the field and there were by it three flocks of sheep lying down, for from that Well they watered the flocks,—but a great stone was on the mouth of the Well.
   
RF GEN 29:3 So when all the flocks had collected there, they rolled away the stone and watered the sheep, and then returned the stone on to the mouth of the Well until another time.
   
RF GEN 29:4 Jacob, therefore, asked them, "Brothers where do you come from?" and they replied, "We are from Kharan."
   
RF GEN 29:5 Then he asked them if they knew Laban the son of Nahor? When they answered, "We know him."
   
RF GEN 29:6 He next asked them, "Is he well?" and they said; "He is well,—and here is Rachel his daughter coming with his sheep."
   
RF GEN 29:7 Then he asked; "Look! it is full day already;—is it not time to water the cattle and sheep that they may go and feed?"
   
RF GEN 29:8 But they replied, "We cannot, until all the flocks are collected, and they roll away the stone from off the mouth of the Well and water the sheep."
   
RF GEN 29:9 Whilst he was speaking with them Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she shepherded them.
   
RF GEN 29:10 But it happened that when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban the brother of his mother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob rolled the stone from off the mouth of the Well and watered the sheep of his mother's brother Laban.
   
RF GEN 29:11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept:
   
RF GEN 29:12 and Jacob said to Rachel, "I do it because I am a relative of your father, and because I am the son of Rebekka." So she ran and reported it to her father.
   
RF GEN 29:13 When Laban had heard the report about Jacob, the son of his sister, he ran to invite him and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his home, where he related to Laban all these events.
   
RF GEN 29:14 Then Laban said, "You are my bone and my flesh "; so he stayed five days with him,
   
RF GEN 29:15 when Laban to said Jacob, "Since you are my relative, now serve me, and also inform me what wages I shall pay you?"
   
RF GEN 29:16 Jacobs Faithful Love.
Now Laban had two daughters the name of the eldest Leah, and the name of the youngest Rachel.
   
RF GEN 29:17 But the eyes of Leah were timid, and those of Rachel perfect in form and beautiful to see,
   
RF GEN 29:18 and Jacob loved Rachel, so he replied, I will serve you seven years for your youngest daughter Rachel."
   
RF GEN 29:19 Laban then replied, "Good; she shall be yours.—I will give her for a wife after you have stayed with me."
   
RF GEN 29:20 So Jacob waited for Rachel seven years, but they were to him like a single day because of the love he had for her.
   
RF GEN 29:21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for the time is up, and I will go to her."
   
RF GEN 29:22 Laban then collected all the men of the place and made a feast,
   
RF GEN 29:23 and when it was dark he took Leah his daughter and brought her to him, and he went to her.
   
RF GEN 29:24 Laban also gave Zilfa his servant, to Leah to be her servant.
   
RF GEN 29:25 But when it was morning he discovered it was Leah, and said to Laban, "Why have you done this to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Then why have you cheated me?"
   
RF GEN 29:26 But Laban answered, "It is not our custom in this country to give the younger before the elder.
   
RF GEN 29:27 Count the seven for this, then I will give to you also the other, and for her you shall serve with me another seven years afterwards."
   
RF GEN 29:28 Jacob therefore agreed to it, that he would serve thus, so he gave Rachel his daughter to him for a wife.
   
RF GEN 29:29 Laban also gave to Rachel Bilah his servant to be her servant.
   
RF GEN 29:30 He therefore went to Rachel, and he loved Rachel completely, and served to him other seven years afterwards.
   
RF GEN 29:31 But the EVER-LIVING saw that he hated Leah, so he opened her womb, but Rachel was childless.
   
RF GEN 29:32 So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, that "The EVER-LIVING has looked on my sorrow, so that now my husband may love me."
   
RF GEN 29:33 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Now the EVER-LIVING has heard that he hates me, so He has given to me also this;" and she called his name Simeon.
   
RF GEN 29:34 Then she conceived again and bore a son, and she said, "Now certainly my husband will cling to me, for I have borne him three sons;" therefore she called his name Levi.
   
RF GEN 29:35 She also conceived again and bore a son, and she said "This time I will praise the LORD," so she called his name Judah. Then she ceased to bear children.
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