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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 3:1

The Temptation of Eve.
Now the Serpent was more impudent than any of the wild animals of the field which the EVER-LIVING GOD had made. So he asked the woman, "Is it true that GOD has said, you may not eat of every tree of the Garden?"

   
RF GEN 3:2 And the woman replied to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the Garden;
   
RF GEN 3:3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the Garden, GOD has said, 'do not eat of it, and do not even touch it, lest you die.'"
   
RF GEN 3:4 But the serpent answered the woman: "You will not die;
   
RF GEN 3:5 but GOD knows that at the time you eat of it, your eyes will then be opened, and you will be like GOD, acquainted with both good and evil."
   
RF GEN 3:6 So the woman perceiving that the tree was good for food, and beautiful to the eyes, and a tree stimulating to the intellect, she took some of its fruit and ate it, and gave some to her husband with her; and he also ate it.
   
RF GEN 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they became aware that they were naked. They accordingly joined fig leaves together, and made aprons for themselves.
   
RF GEN 3:8 They then heard the sound of the EVER-LIVING GOD moving in the Garden in the breeze of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD GOD among the trees of the Garden.
   
RF GEN 3:9 But the EVER-LIVING GOD called to the man, saying, "Where are you?"
   
RF GEN 3:10 And he replied, "I heard Your sound in the Garden, and perceiving that I was naked, I hid myself."
   
RF GEN 3:11 Then He asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded that you should not eat?"
   
RF GEN 3:12 And the man replied, "The woman whom You gave to me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate it."
   
RF GEN 3:13 Why did you do that?" the LORD GOD asked the woman. And the woman answered, "The serpent deceived me and I ate it."
   
RF GEN 3:14 The EVER-LIVING GOD accordingly said to the serpent, "Because you have done this you shall be accursed more than all the cattle, and more than all the wild beasts of the field; you shall crawl upon your belly, and eat dust all the days of your life.
   
RF GEN 3:15 I will also cause antagonism between you and the woman, and between your progeny and her progeny. He shall wound your head, and you shall wound His heel."
   
RF GEN 3:16 But to the woman He said, "I will increase your sorrows and your joys. You shall give birth to children with pain; but your love shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
   
RF GEN 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'Eat not of it;' I will set the ground apart for your cultivation; in sorrow you shall eat from it every day of your life.
   
RF GEN 3:18 It shall grow thorns and briars for you; but you shall have the plants of the field for food.
   
RF GEN 3:19 In the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, from which you were taken. For dust you are, and to the dust you shall return."
   
RF GEN 3:20 The man then gave to his wife the name of Eve; 1 because she was the mother of all life.
   
RF GEN 3:21 For Adam also and his wife the EVER-LIVING GOD made clothing of skins, and dressed them.
   
RF GEN 3:22 The LORD GOD also said, "Now the man was like one of Ourselves, acquainted with both good and evil; therefore it may be that he will stretch out his hand, and take also of the Tree of Lives and eat of it, and live forever."
   
RF GEN 3:23 The EVER-LIVING GOD consequently expelled him from the Garden of Eden, in order to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
   
RF GEN 3:24 So He drove out the man, and He stationed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Divine Watchers, with the flaming sword to guard the path to the Tree of Lives.
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1 Khavah, or life container.
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