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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 35:1

GOD afterwards said to Jacob "Arise; go to Beth-el and reside, and make an altar there to the GOD who appeared to you in your flight from your brother Esau."

   
RF GEN 35:2 Jacob Destroys the Idols of his Family and Servants.
So Jacob said to his family, and all who were with him; "Throw away the strange GODs which are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your clothing,
   
RF GEN 35:3 and let us be rising; and we will go to Bethel; and I will there build an Altar to the GOD who pitied me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the journey that I went."
   
RF GEN 35:4 They, therefore, gave to Jacob all the strange GODs which were in their hands, and the earrings that were in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak which was near Shekhem.
   
RF GEN 35:5 Then they marched, and a terror from GOD was upon their neighbors, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
   
RF GEN 35:6 So Jacob came to Luz in the land of Canaan (it is Beth-el), and his people with him.
   
RF GEN 35:7 He also built an altar there, and called the HOUSE of GOD, Bethel,1 for there GOD appeared to him in his flight from the presence of his brother.
   
RF GEN 35:8 But Deborah the nurse of Rebekka died, and he buried her between Beth-el and Alon, and called the name of the place "The Oak of weeping."
   
RF GEN 35:9 Another Appearance to Jacob, and Promises.
GOD also appeared another time to Jacob, on his return from Padan Aram, and spoke with him,
   
RF GEN 35:10 when GOD said "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, for Israel shall be your name;" so He called his name Israel;
   
RF GEN 35:11 and GOD said to him, "I am the ALMIGHTY GOD. Be fruitful and multiply. A Nation and an Assembly of Nations shall come from you, and Kings shall proceed from your loins;
   
RF GEN 35:12 and the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you, and the same land I will give to you and your race after you."
   
RF GEN 35:13 Then the Divine Messenger went up from him from the place where he spoke with him.
   
RF GEN 35:14 So Jacob erected a pillar at the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and poured a libation upon it, and poured oil upon it.
   
RF GEN 35:15 Jacob also called the name of that place where GOD spoke with him GOD'S HOUSE.2
   
RF GEN 35:16 He afterwards marched from there, and had gone some distance into the country towards Ephrathah, when Rachel was taken in labour, and the childing went hard with her;
   
RF GEN 35:17 but when she was delivered with hard labour, the midwives said to her, "Be not down-hearted, for this child is a son."
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1 "God's-house."
2 Bethel
   
RF GEN 35:18 But she breathing out her life—for she was dying—named him Son-of-my-Anguish,1 but his father called him Benjamin.2
   
RF GEN 35:19 So Rachel died, and they buried her at Ephrathah, which is near Bethlehem, and
   
RF GEN 35:20 Jacob erected a pillar over her tomb.3
   
RF GEN 35:21 Then Israel marched from there, and pitched his tent at the encampment of Migdal-Adar.
   
RF GEN 35:22 And it was whilst Israel resided in that country, that Reuben went and committed adultery with Bilah his father's second wife,—and Israel heard of it.
Registers of Jacob's Sons.
These are the twelve sons of Jacob:
   
RF GEN 35:23 The first born by Leah to Jacob, Reuben; then Simeon; then Levi; then Judah; and Issackar; then Zebulon.
   
RF GEN 35:24 The sons of Rachel Joseph and Benjamin.
   
RF GEN 35:25 And the sons of Bilah the servant of Rachel; Dan and Naphtali:
   
RF GEN 35:26 And the sons of Zilpha, the servant of Leah, Gad and Asher these are the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Padan-Aram.
   
RF GEN 35:27 Jacob afterwards went to his father Isaac, at Mamra, near Kiriath Arba,4 where Abraham and Isaac dwelt.
   
RF GEN 35:28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
   
RF GEN 35:29 Then Isaac expired, and died, and was added to his people, old and satisfied with years, and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.
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1 Ben-omi.
2 Son of my right hand.
3 "This pillar at Rachel's grave still exists." Editorial note by an Old Hebrew editor.—F.F.
4 "The same as Hebron," is also an ancient explanatory note.—F.F.
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