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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 31:1

However he heard the sons of Laban talking, saying, "Jacob will take all that our father has, and from what our father possessed he has made all his wealth."

   
RF GEN 31:2 Jacob consequently watched the face of Laban, and perceived it was not with him as formerly.
   
RF GEN 31:3 Then the EVER-LIVING said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and your birth, and I will be with you."
   
RF GEN 31:4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his sheep,
   
RF GEN 31:5 and said to them, "I see that the face of your father is not with me as formerly,—but the GOD of my fathers is with me.
   
RF GEN 31:6 Now you know that with all my strength I have served your father.
   
RF GEN 31:7 But your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; GOD however did not allow him to do evil to me.
   
RF GEN 31:8 For when he said, 'The spotted shall be your wages,' all the sheep were spotted:—but if he said,' The streaked shall be your wages,' then all the sheep were streaked;
   
RF GEN 31:9 so GOD took away the flocks of your father and gave them to me.
   
RF GEN 31:10 "It also happened in the season of the heat of the sheep, that I raised my eyes in a dream and saw the rams leaping on the streaked, speckled and spotted sheep,
   
RF GEN 31:11 and the Messenger of GOD said to me in the dream, 'Jacob!' and I replied I am here.'
   
RF GEN 31:12 Then he said, Lift up your eyes and see all the rams leaping on the streaked, speckled and spotted sheep, for I have seen all that Laban has done to you.
   
RF GEN 31:13 I am the GOD of the HOUSE of GOD 1 which you consecrated there in the pillar which you dedicated to me,—where you vowed a Gift. Go from this country, and return to the country of your birth."
   
RF GEN 31:14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him; "What portion or inheritance is there to us in the house of our father?
   
RF GEN 31:15 Are we not like strangers and outcasts to him? for he sold us, and has eaten up our money.
   
RF GEN 31:16 For all the wealth which GOD has stripped from our father that is ours, and our children's, so do all that GOD has said to you."
   
RF GEN 31:17 Therefore Jacob arose, and mounted his children and wives on camels,
   
RF GEN 31:18 and collected the whole of his herds, and the whole of the property which he had acquired by trading; property he had acquired in Padan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
   
RF GEN 31:19 Laban, however, had gone to shear his sheep, so Rachel stole the Teraphim which were her father's.
   
RF GEN 31:20 Thus Jacob stole away secretly from Laban the Arami, without informing him, for he fled from him.
   
RF GEN 31:21 So he fled, he and all he possessed, and they went up and crossed over the river, and he set his face to Mount Gilad.
   
RF GEN 31:22 But on the third day it was reported to Laban that Jacob had fled.
   
RF GEN 31:23 Then he took his relatives with him and pursued after him—a seven days' journey, and came up with him at Mount Gilad.
   
RF GEN 31:24 But GOD appeared to Laban the Arami in a dream by night, and said to him; "Guard yourself in what you do to Jacob for either good or ill."
   
RF GEN 31:25 Laban, however, overtook Jacob: and Jacob had pitched his tent on the hill, but Laban with his relatives on Mount Gilad.
   
RF GEN 31:26 Laban then said to Jacob; "What have you done? You have carried away my daughters like captives, desolate?
   
RF GEN 31:27 Why did you steal away to fly and deceive me, and not inform me, when I would have sent you away with pleasure, and with the sound of drums and harps?
   
RF GEN 31:28 You have not even let me kiss my children, and your children. You have acted like a fool!
   
RF GEN 31:29 Truly there is a GOD who guides me from evil in acting with you for the GOD of your father last night said to me, Guard yourself in dealing with Jacob for good or ill;
   
RF GEN 31:30 'so go your journey; for you desire the house of your father;—but why have you stolen my gods?"
   
RF GEN 31:31 Then Jacob replied, "Because I was afraid! for I said he will certainly steal his daughters from me.
   
RF GEN 31:32 If, however, you find your GODs, it is not known to me. Go round what is with me, and take your own." (For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.)
   
RF GEN 31:33 Laban, therefore, went round the tent of Jacob, and the tent of Leah, and to the tents of the two mothers, and did not find them; consequently he left the tent of Leah and went to the tent of Rachel.
   
RF GEN 31:34 But Rachel had taken the Teraphim and placed them under the camel-saddle, and sat upon them, so Laban searched all the tent and could not find.
   
RF GEN 31:35 And she said to her father "Let it not grieve your eyes my Lord that I am not able to rise before you, for the way of women is on me." So he searched and did not find the Teraphim
   
RF GEN 31:36 Then Jacob was furious, and abused Laban, and Jacob was savage and said to Laban, "What is my fault; and what is my sin? that you have come after me?
   
RF GEN 31:37 Now you have searched all my goods, what have you found of all the goods of your house? Put it before my people and your people, and they shall decide between us.
   
RF GEN 31:38 During the twenty years I have been with you, I have not lost a sheep or a goat of yours, and I have never eaten a ram of your flock.
   
RF GEN 31:39 I have not brought you the maimed. I have borne the loss from my own hand. I have restored to you the 'stolen by day, and the stolen by night
   
RF GEN 31:40 I have borne the heat by day, and the cold by night, and my eyes never rested.
   
RF GEN 31:41 This twenty years I have been in your house,—I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your sheep, and you cheated me over my wage ten times.
   
RF GEN 31:42 If the GOD of my father Abraham, and the WORSHIPPED of Isaac, had not been with me, then you would have sent me away empty. But GOD saw my weary feet, and defended me last night."
   
RF GEN 31:43 But Laban answered; and said to Jacob; "The girls are my girls, and the children my children, and the sheep my sheep; and all that you see is mine; and for the girls what shall I do for them or the children which they have borne?
   
RF GEN 31:44 However, now, come on, and let you and me make a settlement, and let it be a witness between Myself and You."
   
RF GEN 31:45 Then Jacob took a stone and set it up with both his hands,
   
RF GEN 31:46 and Jacob said to his father-in law, "Let them collect stones." So they collected stones and made a heap. Then they feasted on the heap there,
   
RF GEN 31:47 and Laban called it for himself, "The Heap of Witnesses," but Jacob called it for himself "The Heap of Evidence." [Gilad]
   
RF GEN 31:48 Laban also said; "This heap is a Witness between me and between you today;" therefore they called its name Gilad,
   
RF GEN 31:49 [Witness Heap] and a "Watch-tower," for he said, "Let the EVER-LIVING watch between me and between you to keep each from evil.
   
RF GEN 31:50 If you grieve my daughters,—and if you take wives beside my daughters, when we are not together, let GOD see the Witness between me and you."
   
RF GEN 31:51 Then Laban added to Jacob, "See this heap, and see the pillar which I have raised between me and between you;
   
RF GEN 31:52 witness this Heap, and Witness this Pillar, if I should pass over to you beyond this Heap; or if you should pass over to me beyond this Heap, and this Pillar for evil,
   
RF GEN 31:53 the GOD of Abraham, and the GOD of Nahor judge between us; the GOD of our fathers."
Jacob then swore by the WORSHIPPED of his father Isaac.
   
RF GEN 31:54 And Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the Heap, and invited his relatives to eat bread. So they ate bread, and they rested on the Heap.
   
RF GEN 31:55 Laban then rose up in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them, and went and returned to his own place.
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1 Beth-el in Hebrew means House of GODF.F.
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