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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 42:1

Joseph's Brothers are sent to Egypt to buy Corn, and terrified by being called Spies.
Jacob also learnt there was corn in Mitzeraim, so Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at each other?"

   
RF GEN 42:2 He also said, "I have heard that there is corn in Mitzeraim. Descend to there and buy for us from it, that we may live and not die."
   
RF GEN 42:3 Therefore ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy corn from the Mitzeraim.
   
RF GEN 42:4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin the own brother of Joseph with his other brothers, for he said, "I fear an injury might happen to him."
   
RF GEN 42:5 Thus the sons of Israel went down to buy corn, together with other travelers, for there was a famine in the land of Canaan.
   
RF GEN 42:6 Joseph was then Protector over all the country, to distribute to all the people of the land, and Joseph's brothers came and bowed to him, face to the ground.
   
RF GEN 42:7 When Joseph Saw them he scrutinized and recognized them, but spoke to them harshly, and asked, "From what country do you come?" They replied, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food."
   
RF GEN 42:8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers they did not recognize him,—
   
RF GEN 42:9 but Joseph remembered the dream which he dreamed to himself, and said to them, "You are spies; come to survey the nakedness of the land."
   
RF GEN 42:10 But they replied to him, "No, my to lord, but your slaves have come to buy food;
   
RF GEN 42:11 and all of us are sons of one man;—we are honest men;—we are not spies."
   
RF GEN 42:12 However he replied, "No I but you are come to see the nakedness of the country."
   
RF GEN 42:13 They then answered, "Your slaves were twelve brothers. We are the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is at home today, and one is not."
   
RF GEN 42:14 But Joseph returned, "That is just what I said to you, when I said you are spies.
   
RF GEN 42:15 By this I will prove you. By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go from here until you have brought your youngest brother here!
   
RF GEN 42:16 Send one of yourselves to take your brother, and return; then you will prove your words true about him, and if not, by the life of Pharaoh, you are spies!"
   
RF GEN 42:17 And he further ordered them to be imprisoned three days.
   
RF GEN 42:18 But after the third day Joseph said to them," Do this and live;—for I fear GOD.
   
RF GEN 42:19 I will select one of you brothers, whom I will put into confinement instead of you; and you others take corn for your starving families
   
RF GEN 42:20 But you must bring your younger brother to me, and verify your statement, and live and not die." And they did so.
   
RF GEN 42:21 But each said to his brother: "We suffer for our sins against our brother, because we saw the anguish of his soul imploring us to have pity on him, and we would not listen. Therefore this distress has come upon us."
   
RF GEN 42:22 Then Reuben answered them, and said, "Did I not speak to you and say, Let us not sin against the lad,' and you would not listen to me? And now his blood is sought for!"
   
RF GEN 42:23 And they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he used an interpreter with them.
   
RF GEN 42:24 But he withdrew from them and wept. Then he returned to them and spoke, and selected Simeon from them and fettered him before their eyes.
   
RF GEN 42:25 Joseph afterwards commanded and their wagons were loaded with corn; but he caused their money to be returned into the load of each. Then he gave them leave to go,—and showed politeness to them.
   
RF GEN 42:26 They also loaded corn upon their asses, and set out.
   
RF GEN 42:27 But one of them opened a sack of his, to give fodder to his ass in the inn, and saw his money, which was placed openly in its mouth.
   
RF GEN 42:28 Then he said to his brothers, "He has caused my money to be returned, and here it is in my bag;" and their hearts stopped; and they trembled each at his brother, exclaiming; "What is this that GOD has done to us?"
   
RF GEN 42:29 They went, however, to Jacob in the land of Canaan and reported to him all these proceedings, saying,"
   
RF GEN 42:30 The man who is master of the country spoke to us harshly, and took us for spies upon the land.
   
RF GEN 42:31 But we said to him, We are honest, and are not spies;
   
RF GEN 42:32 we are twelve brothers, sons of our father—one is not, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.'
   
RF GEN 42:33 But the man, who is master of the country, said 'By this I will discover if you are honest; I will select one of your brothers to remain with me; but take for your starving families, and go.
   
RF GEN 42:34 But you shall bring me your youngest brother, that I may be convinced you are not spies; when I will return the brother I have selected from you, and' you may trade in the country."
   
RF GEN 42:35 When, however, they were emptying their loads, then each found his money in his cargo, and they were in fear at the' finding of the money; both they and their father were afraid,
   
RF GEN 42:36 and Jacob 'their father said to them, "I am bereaved! Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you would take from me all there are!"
   
RF GEN 42:37 Then Reuben replied to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons, if I do not bring, them back to you!—I now place them in your hands as a pledge that I will them return to you!'
   
RF GEN 42:38 But he answered, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he alone remains, and an accident might happen to him in the journey that you are going:—and you would bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave."
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