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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 38:1

History of Judah.
About this same time Judah went and separated from his brothers, and joined with an Adulamite, whose name was Hirah.

   
RF GEN 38:2 Whilst there he saw the daughter of a Canaanite, whose name was Beth-Shua and he took her and married her,
   
RF GEN 38:3 and she conceived and bore a son, and called his name Ar.
   
RF GEN 38:4 Then she conceived again and bore a son, and called his name Onan.
   
RF GEN 38:5 She afterwards increased and bore a son and called his name Shelah; then she ceased to be child-bearing.
   
RF GEN 38:6 When Judah took a wife for his eldest son Ar, her name was Thamar.
   
RF GEN 38:7 But Ar, Judah's eldest son, was wicked in the presence of the EVER-LIVING, so the LORD caused him to die.
   
RF GEN 38:8 Judah consequently said to Onan, "Marry the wife of your brother, and raise up an heir for your brother."
   
RF GEN 38:9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his own, therefore when he approached his brother's wife, he ejected on the ground, instead of giving seed to his brother.
   
RF GEN 38:10 What he did was, however, wicked in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, and therefore He caused him to die.
   
RF GEN 38:11 Then Judah said to Thamar "Return as a widow to your father's house until Shelah my son grows up," for he reflected "Perhaps she may also kill him like his brothers." Therefore Thamar went and returned to her father's house.
   
RF GEN 38:12 But time went on, and Beth-Shua the wife of Judah died and Judah grieved for her, and went up with Hirah the Adulamite, his partner, to shear the sheep at Timnath;
   
RF GEN 38:13 and it was reported to Thamar, that her father-in-law was going up to Timnath to shear his sheep,
   
RF GEN 38:14 so she put off her widow's weeds and concealed herself in her veil, and went down and sat at the opening by the wells which are on the road to Timnath, for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and he was not given to her as a husband:
   
RF GEN 38:15 Judah saw her, and he thought she was a harlot, for she had hidden her face,
   
RF GEN 38:16 so he turned from the road to her, and said, "Come on, go with me; "—for he knew not she was his daughter-in-law.
Then she asked, "What will you give to me, if I go with you?"
   
RF GEN 38:17 Then he replied—"I will send you a kid of the goats or sheep."
And she replied—"If you will give me a pledge that you will send them?"
   
RF GEN 38:18 He replied, "What is the pledge that I shall give you?" And she answered "Your ring and the stick you have in your hand." So he gave her them, and he went with her, and she conceived to him.
   
RF GEN 38:19 Then she arose, and went and put the veil from off her, and dressed herself in her widow's weeds.
   
RF GEN 38:20 But Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his partner the Adulamite, who was to receive the pledge from the hand of the woman;—and he could not find her.
   
RF GEN 38:21 He therefore enquired of the men of the place asking, "Where is the whore of the wells by the road?" But they replied, "There is no whore by there."
   
RF GEN 38:22 So he returned to Judah and reported, "I cannot find her;—and the men of the place said there was not a whore there."
   
RF GEN 38:23 Judah, therefore, said; "You have taken it to her, therefore I cannot be abused by her; for I sent the kid, but you could not find her."
   
RF GEN 38:24 But three months after it was reported to Judah "Your daughter-in-law Thamar has prostituted herself, and she is also with child from her fornication;" and Judah replied, "Bring her here and burn her."
   
RF GEN 38:25 They brought her when she produced the ring and walking stick;—and said, "By the man that these belong to I am with child;" and she continued, "To whom belongs this ring and its motto, and this walking stick?"
   
RF GEN 38:26 Then Judah replied and said," You are more virtuous than I; for I did not give you Shelah my son." He therefore proceeded no further to examine her.
   
RF GEN 38:27 When, however, the time for her delivery came, there were twins in her belly,
   
RF GEN 38:28 and it happened in her childing one put out his hand, so the midwife took it, and tied a scarlet thread upon its hand, remarking, "This came the first."
   
RF GEN 38:29 But it occurred that he drew back the hand, and then his brother was produced, when she said, "What? Have you broken? The breach be upon yourself: "therefore she called his name Pherez;1
   
RF GEN 38:30 and afterwards his brother was born, upon whose hand was the scarlet thread; so she called his name Zarah.2
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1. Breaker.
2. Sunrise
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