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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 45:1

Then Joseph was not able to restrain himself before all the officers around him, and cried;—"Every man go out from me!" So not a man remained with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

   
RF GEN 45:2 Then Joseph discovered his language to his brothers, and the Mitzerites heard, and it was reported to the house of Pharaoh,
   
RF GEN 45:3 and Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Does my father yet live?" But his brothers were not able to answer him, for they were terrified, at the sight of him.
   
RF GEN 45:4 Joseph, therefore, said to his brothers, "Come near to me." So they approached, when he said, "I really am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold to go to Mitzer.
   
RF GEN 45:5 And I know that with fury and rage in your eyes, you sold me; however GOD sent me before you to preserve life;
   
RF GEN 45:6 for these two years the famine has encircled the land, and for five years more there will not be ploughing or harvest,
   
RF GEN 45:7 therefore GOD has sent me before you to preserve to you a posterity in the earth, and a secure refuge for your lives.
   
RF GEN 45:8 Consequently it was not you who sent me, but GOD who appointed me as a Father to Pharaoh, and an Administrator of all his house, and a Governor for all the land of the Mitzeraim.
   
RF GEN 45:9 Therefore arise and go up to my father, and say to him; 'Your son Joseph says thus:—GOD has appointed me as Administrator of all the Mitzerites, so come down to me:
   
RF GEN 45:10 Do not delay. You shall reside in the land of Goshen, and be near to me;—you, your children, and your children's children, with your sheep and your oxen and all that you have,
   
RF GEN 45:11 and I will provide for you there, for there are five years of famine yet; therefore come down, yourself and your family, and all that you have;
   
RF GEN 45:12 so that my eyes may see you and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, and that my mouth may also speak with you.'
   
RF GEN 45:13 You must also inform my father of all my power among the Mitzeraim, and all that you have seen, and cause your father to mount and come down to here."
   
RF GEN 45:14 Then he fell upon the necks of his brothers and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
   
RF GEN 45:15 He also kissed all his brothers, and wept over them, and afterwards his brothers conversed with him.
   
RF GEN 45:16 And a report was communicated to the Palace of Pharaoh saying, "Joseph's brothers have come!" and it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and of his ministers.
   
RF GEN 45:17 Pharaoh therefore said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers thus,—' Load up all of you from the city and go to the land of Canaan,
   
RF GEN 45:18 and take your father and your families and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of the Mitzeraim, and you shall be fed on the fat of the land.'
   
RF GEN 45:19 You, yourself, also command this to be done;—' Take from the land of Mitzer wagons for your little children and wives, and your father, and bring them.
   
RF GEN 45:20 Care nothing also for the abandonment of your goods; for the best of the land in Mitzer shall be yours.'"
   
RF GEN 45:21 The sons of Israel accordingly did so, and Joseph gave them wagons from Pharoh's arsenal, and provided provisions for the journey.
   
RF GEN 45:22 He also gave all of them a suit of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pounds, and five suits of clothes.
   
RF GEN 45:23 To his father he sent in addition ten he riding asses the best in Mitzer, and ten she riding asses besides, with bread and meat for his father on the way.
   
RF GEN 45:24 Thus he sent off his brothers, and said to them," Do not quarrel on the road."
   
RF GEN 45:25 They accordingly went from the Mitzeraim and ascended to the land of Canaan, to Jacob their father,
   
RF GEN 45:26 and reported to him saying, "Joseph is yet alive, and he is also Governor of all the land of the Mitzeraim." Then his heart failed, for he could not believe them.
   
RF GEN 45:27 Then they related all that Joseph had said to them;—but when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry himself, then the spirit of Jacob their father revived, and Israel said,"
   
RF GEN 45:28 It is enough! my son Joseph does live! I will go and see him before I die!"
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