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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 34:1

Shekkems's Outrage on Dinah.
But it happened that Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the country,

   
RF GEN 34:2 and Shekhem, the son of Hamor, the Chief of the country, saw, and seized her and violated her, and disgraced her.
   
RF GEN 34:3 But his soul was attached to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl, and spoke to the girl's heart.
   
RF GEN 34:4 So Shekhem spoke to Hamor his father, saying, "Get me this girl for a wife."
   
RF GEN 34:5 Jacob, however, heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah, but his sons were at the fold in the fields, so Jacob kept silence until their return.
   
RF GEN 34:6 Then Hamor the father of Shekhem came to Jacob to speak with him.
   
RF GEN 34:7 But the sons of Jacob returned from the field upon hearing it, and the men were grieved, and very angry at it, for he had done an outrage to Israel in violating the daughter of Jacob,—which ought not to be done.
   
RF GEN 34:8 But Hamor spoke to them saying, "My son Shekhem is attached by his soul to your daughter, therefore give her to him for a wife,
   
RF GEN 34:9 and you can give your girls to us, and we can give ours to you, to take for yourselves,
   
RF GEN 34:10 and you can dwell with us and the land shall be before you. Reside, and travel about, and possess it."
   
RF GEN 34:11 Then Shekhem said to her father and her brothers "Let me find favour in your eyes, and whatever you ask of me I will give it.
   
RF GEN 34:12 Heap upon me a great dowry and settlement, and I will give whatever you say to me, only give me the girl for a wife."
   
RF GEN 34:13 Then the sons of Jacob answered Shekhem and Hamor his father craftily, "because," they said, "he has corrupted our sister Dinah."
   
RF GEN 34:14 So they replied, "We are unable to do such a thing as to give our sister to an uncircumcised man, for that would be a reproach to us.
   
RF GEN 34:15 Yet if you will agree with us, that, like us, every male of you should be circumcised,
   
RF GEN 34:16 then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will reside with you, and be one people.
   
RF GEN 34:17 But if you will not listen to us, then we will take our sister and depart."
   
RF GEN 34:18 And the idea was good in the eyes of Shekhem the son of Hamor;
   
RF GEN 34:19 so the youth did not delay to do the thing, for he had an affection for the daughter of Jacob; and he was the most honored of all his father's house.
   
RF GEN 34:20 So Hamor and Shekhem his son went to the gate of their village, and addressed the men of their town saying;
   
RF GEN 34:21 "These men are peaceable with us, and they travel in it, and the country lies open to their hands before them. We would wish to take their daughters to us for wives, and give our daughters to them.
   
RF GEN 34:22 However the men will only unite with us in this way, to reside with us and to be one people, by our circumcising every male of us, as they are circumcised.
   
RF GEN 34:23 Their herds and possessions and all they have—will they not be ours if we agree with them, and they reside with us?"
   
RF GEN 34:24 All who sat in the gate of the village listened therefore to Hamor and Shekhem his son, and they circumcised every male who came to the gate of the town.
   
RF GEN 34:25 But on the third day when they were in pain, Simeon and Levi, the two sons of Jacob, brothers of Dinah, each took his sword, and went into the village quietly and slew every male.
   
RF GEN 34:26 They also slew Hamor and his son Shekhem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from the house of Shekhem, and went away.
   
RF GEN 34:27 Then the sons of Jacob came on the booty, and plundered the town, which had defiled their sister.
   
RF GEN 34:28 They took the sheep, the cattle, and the asses, and the wealth in the village and the wealth in the field,
   
RF GEN 34:29 and captured their youths and little children, and wives, and plundered all the furniture in the houses.
   
RF GEN 34:30 But Jacob said to Simeon and Levi; "You are a sorrow to me;—you have made me hateful to the inhabitants of the land, to the Canaanites, and the Perizites, and I being few in number, they will outnumber me and assail, and destroy me and my house."
   
RF GEN 34:31 They however answered; "Ought they to use our sister as a harlot?
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