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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 33:1

Jacob and Esau Meet.
Then Jacob raised his eyes and saw that Esau approached, and four hundred men with him; so he separated the children of Leah and of Rachel, and of the two second wives,

   
RF GEN 33:2 and placed the second wives and their children in the front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph behind;
   
RF GEN 33:3 but he passed to the front of them and bowed to the earth seven times whilst approaching to his brother.
   
RF GEN 33:4 But Esau rushed forwards, and called to, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and wept.
   
RF GEN 33:5 Then he lifted his eyes and saw the wives and children and asked, "Who are these with you?"
And he replied, "The children which GOD has given me, your servant."
   
RF GEN 33:6 Then the second wives approached with their children and they bowed.
   
RF GEN 33:7 Leah also came forward and her children, and they bowed, and afterwards Joseph and Rachel, and they bowed.
   
RF GEN 33:8 So he asked, "What is all this camp with you which approaches me?" When he replied, "To find favour in the eyes of my Lord!"
   
RF GEN 33:9 Esau, however, answered, "I have plenty, my brother: let your own remain to yourself."
   
RF GEN 33:10 But Jacob said, "Not so; if now I have found favour in your eyes, take a present from my hand, for certainly I have seen your face as if I had seen the face of GOD, and am delighted.
   
RF GEN 33:11 Now do take the thanks which I have brought to you, for GOD has favored me, and because there is plenty for me as well." So he pressed him until he took them.
   
RF GEN 33:12 Then he said, "I will rise up and travel and we will go along together."
   
RF GEN 33:13 But he answered him, "My Lord knows that the children are many, and the sheep and the cattle with me are breeding, so if we drive them a single day, then all the sheep will die.
   
RF GEN 33:14 But let my Lord now go before me, and I will be travelling at my ease, according to the pace of the guide before me, and the pace of the children, until that I come to my Lord, at Seir."
   
RF GEN 33:15 But Esau said, "I will then assign to you some of the people who are with me."
And he replied, "Why have I found this favour in the eyes of my Lord?"
   
RF GEN 33:16 So Esau returned that day on his journey to Seir,
   
RF GEN 33:17 but Jacob pitched his tent, and built himself a house, and cattle yards, making an encampment; therefore he called the name of the place Skuth.1
   
RF GEN 33:18 Afterwards. Jacob went quietly to the village of Shekhem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his return from Padan Aram, and encamped before the village,
   
RF GEN 33:19 and bought that part of the land, where he pitched his tent, from the hand of the son of Hamor the father of Shekhem for a hundred kesitas.
   
RF GEN 33:20 He also built an Altar there and called on GOD, the GOD of Israel.
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1 "The Tents," when translated from the Hebrew.—F.F.
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