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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 43:1 But the famine oppressed the country;
   
RF GEN 43:2 and it arrived that when all the food they had bought from the Mitzeraim ended, that their father said to them, "Return, and buy us a little food."
   
RF GEN 43:3 When Judah replied to him saying, "The man swore to us, asseverating, You shall never see my face, unless your brother is with you.'
   
RF GEN 43:4 If you are wise enough to send our brother with us, we will return and buy food for you to eat.
   
RF GEN 43:5 But if you will not send, we will not go down; for the man said to us, You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"
   
RF GEN 43:6 Israel, however, answered, ' Why did you wrong me by telling the man that there was another brother to you?"
   
RF GEN 43:7 And they responded, "The man demanded of us about our birth-place, asking, Have you a father living? Have you a brother?' and we told him straightforwardly about those things. How could we know he would say Bring your brother down with you'?"
   
RF GEN 43:8 "Then Judah exclaimed to Israel, Send the lad with me, and I will come up, and return, him alive: and if not kill me, myself, as well as my children! I pledge myself for him!
   
RF GEN 43:9 From my hand seek him if I do not bring him back to you! then banish me from your face, for I shall have sinned against you all my days.
   
RF GEN 43:10 If you had not hesitated, we should already have returned before now."
   
RF GEN 43:11 Therefore Israel their father said to him, "If it must be, do this; take some 'of the productions of this country in your wagons, and go down to the man with a present;—some balsam, and honey, perfumes, and myrrh, nuts and almonds.
   
RF GEN 43:12 Also take double money in your hands, and the money that was returned in the mouth of your bags, return with your own hands to him again.
   
RF GEN 43:13 Take your brother also, and arise, go back to the man,
   
RF GEN 43:14 and may the Almighty GOD give you mercy before the man, and send your brother back with Benjamin. For if I am to be bereaved, I shall be bereaved."
   
RF GEN 43:15 Joseph's Brothers Second Journey to Egypt; and the Dine with him.
Consequently the men took the present, and took double money in their hands and Benjamin, and arose and went to Mitzeraim and appeared before Joseph.
   
RF GEN 43:16 And Joseph saw Benjamin with them, and said to the chief of his house, "Invite those men to my house, and prepare a dinner, for those men shall eat with me at noon."
   
RF GEN 43:17 The man therefore did as Joseph ordered, and he brought the men to Joseph's house.
   
RF GEN 43:18 But the men were afraid at being brought to Joseph's house, and said "It is on account of the money which was returned to our bags last time that we are brought, to have an excuse against us, and to fall upon us and to take us for his slaves, with our asses."
   
RF GEN 43:19 Therefore they approached the steward of Joseph's house, and spoke with him in the verandah of the house;
   
RF GEN 43:20 and said," By the EVER-LIVING we came down for the purpose of buying food;
   
RF GEN 43:21 but when we returned to the inn and opened our bags, there was our money in the mouth of our bags, in full amount. But we have returned with it in our hands.
   
RF GEN 43:22 We have also brought other money with us to buy food. We knew not that our money was there in our loads."
   
RF GEN 43:23 But he answered, "Be quiet, and fear nothing. Your GOD and the GOD of your father has given you that money secretly into your loads. Come with me." Then he brought Simeon to them.
   
RF GEN 43:24 The man, the steward of Joseph's house, also went out and ordered water, and they washed their feet. Then he ordered fodder, for their asses.
   
RF GEN 43:25 They then prepared the present against Joseph's arrival at noon; for they heard they were to dine with him.
   
RF GEN 43:26 When Joseph came to the apartment, they presented him the present which they had brought from home, and bowed to the ground before him.
   
RF GEN 43:27 Then he asked them about their health, and said, "Is your father well?—the old man you told me of? Is he alive yet?"
   
RF GEN 43:28 And they replied, "Your slaves are well, and our father is yet alive," and bent and bowed.
   
RF GEN 43:29 But he raised his eyes and saw Benjamin his brother, the son of his mother, and asked; "Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?" Then he added,—"GOD show you mercy, my son."
   
RF GEN 43:30 Then Joseph hastened, for his affection burned for his brother, and he sought to weep, so he went into his chamber and wept there.
   
RF GEN 43:31 But afterwards he washed his face and came again, and restrained himself, and ordered dinner to be served.
   
RF GEN 43:32 They therefore served it for him, by himself; and to them apart, by themselves; for the Mitzerites dined by themselves; for the Mitzerites are not allowed to eat food with foreigners: for that is disgusting to the Mitzerites.
   
RF GEN 43:33 But they placed in his presence the eldest, according to his age, and youngest according to his youth, and arranged the men each by his relative,
   
RF GEN 43:34 and they took dishes from before him to offer to them: but they offered to Benjamin more dishes than to any of the rest, presenting five, which they presented and left with him.
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