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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 4:1

The First Man Child - Births of Cain and Abel.
The man afterwards knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and said, "I have been given a man from the EVER-LIVING."

   
RF GEN 4:2 She afterwards gave birth to his brother Abel.1 And Abel became a shepherd of sheep; but Cain was a cultivator of the soil.
   
RF GEN 4:3 And during the harvest time Cain brought some of the produce of the ground as an offering to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 4:4 And Abel also brought of the best and the fattest of his sheep. And the LORD looked favorably upon Abel and his offering;
   
RF GEN 4:5 but He did not regard Cain and his offering with favour. Cain therefore was very angry, and his countenance fell.
   
RF GEN 4:6 Then the EVER-LIVING asked Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
   
RF GEN 4:7 If you do right, is there not approval? and if you do not do right, Sin crouches at the door and awaits you; but you should conquer it."
   
RF GEN 4:8 The Murder of Abel.
When Cain was afterwards talking with his brother Abel, and they were together in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel, and murdered him.
   
RF GEN 4:9 The LORD accordingly asked Cain "Where is your brother Abel?" But he replied, "I do not know;—am I my brother's keeper?"
   
RF GEN 4:10 The EVER-LIVING however answered, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries to Me from the ground.
   
RF GEN 4:11 Therefore you are cursed from the ground, which has opened her mouth to take in your brother's blood from your hand.
   
RF GEN 4:12 When you cultivate the ground it shall not yield up its wealth to you; you shall be a wanderer and vagabond upon the earth."
   
RF GEN 4:13 But Cain answered to the LORD, "My punishment is heavier than I can bear.
   
RF GEN 4:14 Since You drive me today out from off the face of this land, I shall be deprived of Your presence, and be a wanderer and a vagabond upon the earth; and whoever meets me will kill me."
   
RF GEN 4:15 But the EVER-LIVING replied, "Not so; whoever kills Cain shall be that punished sevenfold." Therefore the LORD put a mark upon Cain, so that he might not be attacked by anyone who met him.
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1 The Hebrew form of "Abel" is "Hebel."
   
RF GEN 4:16 Cain accordingly went out from the presence of the EVER-LIVING, and lived in a land of exile on the eastern side of Eden,
   
RF GEN 4:17 where Cain knew his wife; and she conceived and gave birth to Enok, and he built a village, and named it after the name of his son, Hanok. 1
   
RF GEN 4:18 And to Hanok there was born Irad; and Irad produced Mehujael; and Mehujael produced Methusael; and Methusael produced Lemek.
   
RF GEN 4:19 And Lemek took two wives for himself; the name of one was Ada, and the name of the other Zillah.
   
RF GEN 4:20 And Ada gave birth to Jabal, who was the originator of tent-dwellers with cattle.
   
RF GEN 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the originator of all those who play the harp and wind instruments
   
RF GEN 4:22 Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, the improver of every work in copper and iron; and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Namah.
   
RF GEN 4:23 And Lemek addressing his wives said:
"Ada and Zillah listen to my voice;
Wives of Lemek listen to my speech;
For I killed a man who wounded;
And a youth who hurt me.—
   
RF GEN 4:24 If Cain had sevenfold protection,
Seventy-seven should be that of Lemek!"
   
RF GEN 4:25 Birth of Seth.
And Adam knew his wife again, she gave birth to a son, and named him Sheth; 2 "for God," she said, "has given me another son in the place of Abel, who was murdered by Cain."
   
RF GEN 4:26 And to Sheth, a son was born; and he gave him the name of Enosh. 3 Men then began to call upon the name of the EVER-LIVING.
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1 Hanok (the dedicated).
2 The "Second" or "Renewal."—F.F.
3 Enosh—"A man" or "a weakling."
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