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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 40:1 But it occurred after these events, that the butler of the king of the Mitzeraim offended,
   
RF GEN 40:2 and the king of the Mitzeraim, his master, was angry. And Pharaoh was enraged with two of his officers,
   
RF GEN 40:3 with the chief of the butlers, and with the chief of the cooks, and he ordered them to be confined in the house of the Commander of the Guards —
   
RF GEN 40:4 in the tower-house,—the place where Joseph was also imprisoned. The Commander of the guards consequently remitted them to Joseph, and he kept and they were many days under restraint.
   
RF GEN 40:5 But they dreamed, both of them, a dream; each dream in the same night; each dream had a separate appearance, to the butler and to the cook whom the king of the Mitzeraim had imprisoned in the tower-house.
   
RF GEN 40:6 When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw their pining gloom,
   
RF GEN 40:7 so he asked the officers of Pharaoh who were in his custody in the house of his master, "Why are your faces sad and sorrowful today?"
   
RF GEN 40:8 And they replied, "We have dreamed dreams, and we have not an interpreter."
But Joseph answered, "Is not GOD the interpreter of dreams? Tell to me now."
   
RF GEN 40:9 The chief butler therefore told his dream to Joseph and said to him; "In my dream I saw a vine before me,
   
RF GEN 40:10 and on the vine three branches, and the berries grew on them, and the clusters of grapes were ripe,
   
RF GEN 40:11 and Pharoh's cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and crushed them into the cup of Pharaoh, and put the cup into the hand of Pharaoh."
   
RF GEN 40:12 Joseph then said to him, "This is the interpretation. The three branches are three days:
   
RF GEN 40:13 after three days hence Pharaoh will raise your head, and restore you to your station, and you will give Pharoh's cup to his hand, as was appointed formerly, when you were his butler.
   
RF GEN 40:14 Then remember me, because I was kind to you. Do me therefore a kindness, and remind Pharaoh of me, and cause him to bring me out of this house,
   
RF GEN 40:15 for by treachery I was dragged from the country of the Hebrews, and also here I have done no crime that should put me in a dungeon."
   
RF GEN 40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he also said to Joseph: "I have dreamed as well; and there were three baskets filled on my head,
   
RF GEN 40:17 and in the highest basket of all victuals for Pharaoh, ready baked, but the birds ate them from the basket, from off my head."
   
RF GEN 40:18 Then Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation. The three baskets are three days.
   
RF GEN 40:19 Three days from hence Pharaoh will take your head from off you, and will hang you on a gallows, and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.":
   
RF GEN 40:20 It happened that three days after was Pharoh's birthday, and he made a feast for all his officers, and raised the head of the chief of the butlers, and the head of the chief of the bakers among his officers,
   
RF GEN 40:21 and restored the chief of the butlers to his butlership, and he gave the cup to the hand of Pharaoh;
   
RF GEN 40:22 but he hung the chief of the bakers, as Joseph had interpreted the dream.
   
RF GEN 40:23 The chief of the butler, however, did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
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