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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 44:1

Joseph Discovers himself to his brothers.
Afterwards he commanded his steward, saying; "Fill the loads of these men with food as much as they are able to carry, and put the money of each on the top of the carts;

   
RF GEN 44:2 and my cup, the cup of silver, place at the top of the load of the youngest, with the money for his corn." So they did as Joseph ordered.
   
RF GEN 44:3 At morning-light the men went off with their asses.
   
RF GEN 44:4 When they had gone not far from the city, Joseph said to his steward, "Mount and follow those men; secure them, and say to them, Why have you returned evil for good?
   
RF GEN 44:5 Where is that my lord drinks from? He is very sharp-sighted. He saw what you were doing!"
   
RF GEN 44:6 So he pursued, and said this to them.
   
RF GEN 44:7 But they replied; "Why has my lord spoken these words accusing your servants of having done such a thing?
   
RF GEN 44:8 You know we returned to you from the land of Canaan the money which we found in the top of our loads. We have not stolen silver or gold from the house of your lord.
   
RF GEN 44:9 If it is found with any of your servants, kill him, and we also will be slaves to my lord."
   
RF GEN 44:10 And he replied, "It shall be as you say; Therefore with whoever of you it is, he shall be my slave, and you shall be innocent."
   
RF GEN 44:11 Then they hastened and each one unloaded his load,
   
RF GEN 44:12 and he searched beginning at the eldest to the youngest, and found the cup in Benjamin's load.
   
RF GEN 44:13 Then they tore their garments, and mounted each man his ass and returned to the city.
   
RF GEN 44:14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and were again brought in, they fell on their faces to the ground.
   
RF GEN 44:15 While Joseph said to them, "How has this occurred that you have committed? Did you not know that I observe what happens around me?"
   
RF GEN 44:16 Then Judah replied, "What can I say to my lord? What assert? or how vindicate myself? GOD has found out the sin of your slaves in their hands; —alas! we are slaves to my lord! both we, and the one in whose hand the cup was found!"
   
RF GEN 44:17 But he answered and said "Far be it from me to act thus. The one in whose possession the cup was found, he shall be a slave to me, but you can go in peace to your father."
   
RF GEN 44:18 Then Judah approached him and said; "To me, my lord, grant now for your slave to speak to the ears of my lord, and let not your anger burn with your slave;—for you are to me like Pharaoh.
   
RF GEN 44:19 My lord asked of his slaves, saying, Have you a father, or brother living?'
   
RF GEN 44:20 and we replied to my lord, 'A father lives with us; an old man, and a lad of his old age, the youngest; but his brother is dead. And beside him there is none from his mother, so his father loves him.'
   
RF GEN 44:21 Then you said to your slaves, Bring him to me, that I may set my eyes on him.'
   
RF GEN 44:22 But we replied to my lord, The youth is not able to leave his father; for if he leaves his father then he will die.'
   
RF GEN 44:23 You, however, said to your slaves, If you do not bring down your youngest brother with you, you shall not again see my face.'
   
RF GEN 44:24 And when we went up to your slave, my father, he was informed of the demand of my lord,
   
RF GEN 44:25 so that when our father said, 'Return and buy us a little food,'
   
RF GEN 44:26 we replied We cannot go down unless our youngest brother is with us. Even should we descend, we cannot see the face of the man unless our youngest brother is with us. '
   
RF GEN 44:27 Then your slave, my father, said to us, You know that my wife bore me two lads, and one went from me,
   
RF GEN 44:28 and I said, alas! he has been torn to pieces, and I shall see him no more.
   
RF GEN 44:29 And if you take this one from my face, and an accident should happen to him, you will bring my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.'
   
RF GEN 44:30 So now if I should go to your slave, my father, and the youth is not with us, whose life is bound to his life,
   
RF GEN 44:31 it will be then when he sees that the youth is not with us, he will die, and your slave will cause the grey hairs of your slave, our father, to go down in agony to the grave.
   
RF GEN 44:32 Besides, your slave pledged himself for the youth to my father, saying, If we do not bring him back to you, then let me be banished from my father all my days.'
   
RF GEN 44:33 So now, I pray, let your slave remain, instead of the youth, a slave to my lord, and let the youth return with his brothers;
   
RF GEN 44:34 for if I go up to my father, and the youth is not with me, then I shall see the misery that will come upon my father"
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