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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 47:1

Joseph accordingly went and reported to Pharaoh, and said, "My father and brothers, and their sheep and cattle, and all that they have, are come from the land of Canaan, and are in the land of Goshen."

   
RF GEN 47:2 Then he selected five from his brothers to take and present to Pharaoh,
   
RF GEN 47:3 and Pharaoh asked his brothers, "What is your business?" When they replied to Pharaoh, "Your slaves are shepherds of sheep,—as we are, so were our fathers."
   
RF GEN 47:4 They also said to Pharaoh, "We have come to reside in the land, for there is no pasture for your slaves' sheep, because the famine is heavy in the land of Canaan, so allow your slaves to live in the land of Goshen."
   
RF GEN 47:5 Pharaoh therefore in reply said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you;
   
RF GEN 47:6 the land of the Mitzeraim is before you, so fix your father and brothers on the best of it. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know also a skilful man amongst them, appoint him superintendent of my farms."
   
RF GEN 47:7 Joseph afterwards took Jacob his father and presented him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh;
   
RF GEN 47:8 and Pharaoh asked Jacob, "How many are the days of the years of your life?
   
RF GEN 47:9 When Jacob replied to Pharaoh; "The days of the years of my stay have been one hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the years of the days of my life! and they have not reached to the days of the years my fathers lived in the days of their stay."
   
RF GEN 47:10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and retired from the presence of Pharaoh.
   
RF GEN 47:11 Joseph afterwards settled his father and his brothers, and gave them possession in the land of the Mitzeraim in the best district in the country of Ramases, as he was commanded.
   
RF GEN 47:12 Joseph also provided food for his father and brothers, and all their families, according to their children.
   
RF GEN 47:13 History of Egypt's Famine continued.
Bread failed in all the country, for the famine was very severe, and the land of the Mitzeraim and the land of Canaan fainted before the famine,
   
RF GEN 47:14 therefore Joseph gathered up all the money he found in the land of Mitzer, and in the land of Canaan;
and all the Mitzerites came to Joseph for the corn which they bought, and Joseph brought the money to the treasury of Pharaoh.
   
RF GEN 47:15 Thus he collected the money from the land of Mitzeraim and the land of Canaan. Then all the Mitzerites came to Joseph to say; "Provide bread for us, so that we may not die before you, for our money is exhausted."
   
RF GEN 47:16 Joseph, however, answered them; "Bring your cattle, and I will give you it for your cattle, instead of for money."
   
RF GEN 47:17 Consequently they brought their cattle to Joseph and he gave them bread, for horses and cattle and sheep; for herds of oxen and asses he supplied them with bread, in exchange for all their cattle for that year.
   
RF GEN 47:18 But that year ended; so they came to him in the next year, and said to him; "We have kept back nothing from my lord: We have nothing left before my lord, except our bodies, and our land.
   
RF GEN 47:19 Why should we ourselves die before your eyes? Buy to yourself our land for bread, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh."
   
RF GEN 47:20 Thus the Mitzerites sold every one his farm, for the famine was cruel upon them;—and the land became Pharoh's.
   
RF GEN 47:21 But he transferred the people upon it to fresh villages, from the one extreme boundary of Mitzer to the other extreme of it;
   
RF GEN 47:22 except that he did not buy the lands of the priesthood, for he protected the priesthood by laws from Pharaoh, and they were fed from rations provided for them; therefore he did not buy their lands.
   
RF GEN 47:23 Then Joseph proclaimed to the nation, "You see I have bought you today, and your land for Pharaoh. I will supply seed to you, and you can sow the land.
   
RF GEN 47:24 But of its produce you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be for yourselves, to sow the fields and to feed you, with those you employ, and as food for your children."
   
RF GEN 47:25 They thereupon replied, "Our lives have found favour in the eyes of my lord, and we will be slaves of Pharaoh."
   
RF GEN 47:26 So Joseph made it the constitution to this day;—that the land of the Mitzerites was Pharoh's for the fifth tax, except the lands of the priesthood, which were not to become Pharoh's.
   
RF GEN 47:27 Joseph also settled Israel in the land of the Mitzeraim in the district of Goshen, and they possessed there, and flourished, and increased greatly.
   
RF GEN 47:28 The Sickness and the Death of Jacob.
Jacob, however, lived seventeen years in the land of the Mitzeraim, and all the days of the years of Jacob were one hundred and forty-seven years.
   
RF GEN 47:29 But the day approached for Israel to die, and he called his son Joseph to him, and said to him, "If now I have found favour in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh, and do to me a true kindness, and bury me not among the Mitzeraim,
   
RF GEN 47:30 but lay me to sleep with my fathers, and carry me from Mitzer, and bury me in their burial place." And he replied, "I will do as you have said."
   
RF GEN 47:31 But he answered, "Swear to me;" and Israel was reclining on the surface of his bed.
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