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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 30:1

When Rachel saw that she bore no child to Jacob she envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, and if not I shall die!"

   
RF GEN 30:2 But Jacob's anger fired at Rachel, and he answered, "Am I in the place of GOD, to hold back from you the fruit of your body?"
   
RF GEN 30:3 She therefore said, "See now my attendant Bilah;—go to her and she shall bear at my knee, so that I also myself shall have children from her;"
   
RF GEN 30:4 so she gave to him Bilah her servant for a wife. And Jacob went to her,
   
RF GEN 30:5 and she conceived and bore a son to Jacob.
   
RF GEN 30:6 Then Rachel said; "GOD has done me justice, and also has heard my voice and given me a son," therefore she called his name Dan.
   
RF GEN 30:7 Again Bilah the servant of Rachel conceived and bore a son to Jacob,
   
RF GEN 30:8 when Rachel exclaimed, "I struggled with GOD; I also struggled with my sister;" so she called his name Naphtali.
   
RF GEN 30:9 When Leah saw that she ceased to bear, she took Zilfa her attendant and gave her to Jacob for a wife,
   
RF GEN 30:10 so Zilfa the servant of Leah bore a son to Jacob.
   
RF GEN 30:11 Then Leah said, "By a troop," and called his name Gad.
   
RF GEN 30:12 Zilfa the attendant of Leah also bore a second son to Jacob;
   
RF GEN 30:13 and Leah exclaimed, "I am blest, for the women will bless me," she therefore called his name Asher.
   
RF GEN 30:14 Reuben once went out at the time of wheat harvest, and found love apples in the field, and brought them to Leah his mother, when Rachel said to Leah, "Give me, I pray, some of your son's love apples."
   
RF GEN 30:15 But she said, "Is it a trifle that you have taken my husband, and would you also take the apples of my son?" When Rachel replied;—"Come, now,—he shall sleep with you to-night, in exchange for your son's apples."
   
RF GEN 30:16 When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah met him, and said to him; "You must come, for I have hired you with the love apples of my son, so sleep with me to-night."
   
RF GEN 30:17 And GOD heard Leah, so she conceived and bore a fifth son to Jacob.
   
RF GEN 30:18 Leah therefore said, "GOD has paid me wages, because I gave my servant to my husband." She therefore called his name Issakar.1
   
RF GEN 30:19 Leah afterwards conceived again a sixth son to Jacob.
   
RF GEN 30:20 Then Leah said, "GOD has endowed me, even me, with a good dowry, so that my husband will live with me, for I have borne him six sons," therefore she called his name Zebulon.2
   
RF GEN 30:21 She afterwards also bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.3
   
RF GEN 30:22 But GOD remembered Rachel, and GOD listened to her, and opened her womb; and she conceived and bore a son.
   
RF GEN 30:23 Then she said; "GOD has taken away my reproach."
   
RF GEN 30:24 She therefore called his name Joseph,4 saying, "The EVER-LIVING has added to me another son."
   
RF GEN 30:25 But it occurred that when Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, and I will go to my own home, and to my own country.
   
RF GEN 30:26 Give me my wives and my children, whom I have served you for, because I must go with them, for you know the wages for which I have served to you."
   
RF GEN 30:27 (This verse missing from this translation.)
   
RF GEN 30:28 Laban Persuades Jacob to be his Chief Shepherd.
But he replied; "Name your wages to me and I will give you them."
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1 Meaning in Hebrew "Wages."
2 Endowment.
3 Justice.
4 Increase. —F.F.
   
RF GEN 30:29 So he answered him; "You know how I have served you, and how your herds have been with me;
   
RF GEN 30:30 for they were small that were with you before me, and they have spread out to many, and the EVER-LIVING has blessed you at my feet. Yet have I gained even a house of my own?"
   
RF GEN 30:31 But he replied; "What shall I give?"
Then Jacob answered; "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me I will conduct your sheep and guard them.
   
RF GEN 30:32 I will go over all your sheep today counting. Every sheep speckled or spotted, and every black sheep among the lambs, and every spotted or speckled in the rams, they shall be my wages;
   
RF GEN 30:33 and you shall assign them justly to me from today forward, as my wages from you. All that is not spotted or speckled in the goats, or black in the sheep, it shall be a theft with me."
   
RF GEN 30:34 And Laban replied; "It shall be exactly as you say."
   
RF GEN 30:35 He therefore separated on that day the marked and spotted rams, and all the marked and speckled of the goats from all that were white, and all the black sheep, and gave them to the hands of his sons,
   
RF GEN 30:36 and put a three days' journey between them and between Jacob's; but Jacob shepherded the other sheep for Laban his father-in-law.
   
RF GEN 30:37 Jacob then selected young wands of willow, and almond, and sycamore, and peeled them; peeling to the white so as to show the whiteness of the wands,
   
RF GEN 30:38 and he stuck the wands which he had peeled near the watering troughs where the sheep came to drink, in the sight of the sheep, when they were hot for breeding after drinking.
   
RF GEN 30:39 So the sheep were hot amongst the wands, and bore, and the sheep bore marked, and spotted, go and speckled.
   
RF GEN 30:40 Then Jacob separated the lambs and placed the faces of the sheep towards the striped, and gave all the black among the sheep of Laban to his own flocks, and did not assign them to the sheep of Laban.
   
RF GEN 30:41 Thus when any of the strong sheep were hot for union, then Jacob placed the wands before the eyes of the sheep, near the troughs, to inflame them among the wands.
   
RF GEN 30:42 Before the feeble of the sheep, however, he placed them not; so the feeble went to Laban and the strong to Jacob. GOD."
   
RF GEN 30:43 Thus the man increased very much, and he possessed many sheep, and women and men servants, and camels and asses.
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