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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 46:1

Israel consequently marched, and all that were with him, and went to the Well of the Oath, and offered offerings to the GOD of his father Isaac.

   
RF GEN 46:2 Then GOD appeared to Israel in a vision at night, and said "Jacob! Jacob! "—and he replied "I am here."
   
RF GEN 46:3 When He answered, "I am GOD, the GOD of your father Isaac; fear not. Go down to the Mitzeraim, for you shall become a great nation there.
   
RF GEN 46:4 I, THE MIGHTY, will be with you in Mitzer, and I will support you, and Joseph shall place his hands upon your eyes."
   
RF GEN 46:5 Jacob afterwards arose from the Well of the Oath, and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their children and wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry them in.
   
RF GEN 46:6 They also took their herds, and the property they had purchased in the land of Canaan, and went to the Mitzeraim,—Jacob and all his race with him:
   
RF GEN 46:7 his sons and sons of his sons with him; his daughters and his daughters' sons and all his race went with him to the Mitzeraim.
   
RF GEN 46:8 The Roll Call of the Patriarchs.
Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who went to the Mitzeraim:—Jacob; and the eldest son of Jacob,
   
RF GEN 46:9 Reuben and the sons of Reuben, Hanok, and Phelwa. and Hetzon and Karmi.
   
RF GEN 46:10 The sons of Simeon, Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ahad, and Jakin, and Tzokhar, and Shaul ben Canaanith.
   
RF GEN 46:11 And the sons of Levi, Gershan, Kehath and Merari;
   
RF GEN 46:12 And the sons of Judah, Ar, and Onan, and Shelak, and Pherez, and Hetzeon, and Hamal:
   
RF GEN 46:13 And the sons of Issackar, Tholah, and Phurah, and Job, and Shimron:
   
RF GEN 46:14 And the sons of Zebulon, Sered, and Alon, and Jalal;
   
RF GEN 46:15 These were children from Leah, which she bore to Jacob in Padan Aram, beside Dinah his daughter; and the persons of her sons and daughters were thirty-three.
   
RF GEN 46:16 And the sons of Gad, Tzifo, and Hani, Sheni, and Aton, Ari, and Aroid and Aphelia;
   
RF GEN 46:17 And the sons of Asher were, Jamna, and Ishnah, and Ishur, and Beriah, and Sirakh, his twin brother; and the sons of Beriah, Heber, and Malchiel;
   
RF GEN 46:18 These were the children of Zilfa, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and who bore them to Jacob, six and twenty persons.
   
RF GEN 46:19 Sons of Rachel, wife of Jacob, were Joseph and Benjamin.
   
RF GEN 46:20 But there were born to Joseph in the land of the Mitzeraim whom Aseneth the daughter of Poti-Para priest of On bore,—Manasseh, and Ephraim.
   
RF GEN 46:21 And the sons of Benjamin, Bela, and Beker, and Ashbol, Ghera and Namen, twins, and Rash with the twin Muphi, and twin Khuphi, and Arad;
   
RF GEN 46:22 These were the sons of Rachel which she bore to Jacob, fourteen persons in all.
   
RF GEN 46:23 And the son of Gad was Kushan;
   
RF GEN 46:24 And the sons of Naphtali, Jakhzel, and Guni, and Jetzer, and Shilam:
   
RF GEN 46:25 These were the children of Bilah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob; —in all seven persons.
   
RF GEN 46:26 And the souls who went with Jacob to Mitzer, who sprung from his loins, being men only, sons of Jacob;—all the persons were seventy.
   
RF GEN 46:27 But the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Mitzer were two persons, men; so all the persons of the family of Jacob who came down to Mitzer were seventy.
   
RF GEN 46:28 Jacob and Joseph Meet.
But he sent Judah before himself to invite Joseph to meet him in Goshen, when he arrived in the land of Goshen.
   
RF GEN 46:29 Joseph accordingly at once mounted his chariot, and went to meet Israel his father in Goshen. Whom he looked at, and fell upon his neck, and wept on his neck for a long time;
   
RF GEN 46:30 and Israel said to Joseph, "Let me die at once,—after I have seen your face! Why should I live longer?"
   
RF GEN 46:31 Joseph afterwards said to his brothers, and to the family of his father, "I will go and inform Pharaoh, and tell him that my brothers, and the family of my father who were in the land of Canaan have come to me,
   
RF GEN 46:32 and that the men feed sheep, they have lived with people of the fold; and their sheep and cattle and all that they have they have brought.
   
RF GEN 46:33 But it must be that when Pharaoh calls you and enquires What can you do?'
   
RF GEN 46:34 you must say; 'Your slaves have lived as cattle-men from their youth, until now, both we and our fathers;—grant us to settle in the land of Goshen;' for the Mitzerites hate every shepherd of sheep."
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