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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 39:1

History of Joseph continued.
Thus Joseph had been taken down to Mitzer,3 and sold to Potiphar, Pharoh's General, Commander of the Guards, a Mitzerite, from the hands of the Ishmaelites who had brought him there.

   
RF GEN 39:2 But the EVER-LIVING was with Joseph, and he became a prosperous man, and was steward to his master, the Mitzerite,
   
RF GEN 39:3 for his master saw that the EVER-LIVING was with him, and that all he did the LORD prospered it in his hand.
   
RF GEN 39:4 Joseph therefore found favour in his eyes, for he was honest towards him, consequently he appointed him chief of his house, and entrusted all his possessions to his control;
   
RF GEN 39:5 with the result that from when he was appointed over the house and over all that belonged to him, the EVER-LIVING blessed the house of the Mitzerite under the administration of Joseph, and he was blessed by the EVER-LIVING in all his possessions, in the house and in the field,
   
RF GEN 39:6 so that all he had increased under the direction of Joseph; consequently he made no enquiry what he had, except for the bread which he ate. Joseph was also handsome in form, and handsome in face.
   
RF GEN 39:7 It happened, however, after these events, that the wife of his master lifted up her eyes to Joseph, and said, "Lie with me!"
   
RF GEN 39:8 But he refused, and said to his master's wife; "My master knows not what is in his house, and all that he possesses he has placed in my control.
   
RF GEN 39:9 There is not a greater than I in this house, and he has withheld nothing from me, except yourself, because you are his wife. Therefore I will not commit that great sin, and outrage, against GOD."
   
RF GEN 39:10 However she solicited Joseph day to after day, but he would not listen to her to lie beside her, or be with her.
   
RF GEN 39:11 But it happened that one day when hen he came to her apartment with a message for her, and there were none of the attendants of the house there in the apartment,
   
RF GEN 39:12 that she seized him by his wrapper, saying "Lie with me," but he let his wrapper slip off in her hand, and fled away naked.
   
RF GEN 39:13 So when she saw that he had left his wrapper in her hand, and had fled naked,
   
RF GEN 39:14 she cried out to the attendants of her house and said to them, "Look! he has brought this foreign fellow to us to insult us! He came to me to violate me;—but I shrieked out;
   
RF GEN 39:15 and when he heard that I raised my voice and shrieked, then he left his wrapper beside me and fled naked!"
   
RF GEN 39:16 She also laid by the wrapper with her till her lord came home,
   
RF GEN 39:17 when she spoke to him about all this matter, saying, "There came to me the Hebrew slave whom you brought to us, to insult me,
   
RF GEN 39:18 but when I raised my voice to cry out, he abandoned his wrapper near me and fled away naked."
   
RF GEN 39:19 And when his master heard the tale of his wife, which she told him, asserting, "Your servant acted towards me according to my statements," he was fired with anger;
   
RF GEN 39:20 therefore Joseph's master took and put him into the tower-house, the place where the prisoners of the king were imprisoned, and he was confined in the tower-house.
   
RF GEN 39:21 But the EVER-LIVING was with Joseph, and gave him mercy, and gave him favour in the eyes of the commander of the tower-house,
   
RF GEN 39:22 so that the commander of the tower-house placed in Joseph's hands the whole of the prisoners who were in the tower-house, and all that was done there he directed it.
   
RF GEN 39:23 The commander of the tower did not superintend anything, the whole was in his hands, because the EVER-LIVING was with him, and what he did the LORD prospered it.
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