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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 48:1

But it was after these events that it was reported to Joseph, "Your father is ill," so he took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, with him;

   
RF GEN 48:2 and Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you.' Then Israel exerted himself and sat up in his bed,
   
RF GEN 48:3 and Jacob said to Joseph, "The ALMIGHTY GOD appeared to me on my departure from the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
   
RF GEN 48:4 and said to me; I will make you flourish, and increase your family, and make you an assembly of nations; and I will give this land to your race after you as a possession forever!
   
RF GEN 48:5 'But now for your two sons, who have been born to you in the land of the Mitzeraim before I came to you in Mitzer;—let then Ephraim and Manasseh be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are mine.
   
RF GEN 48:6 But your children whom you have begot after them they shall be yours. They shall not be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
   
RF GEN 48:7 "When I came from Padan, Rachel died from me in the land of Canaan, on the journey, in Kibrath-artz, near the pass of Ephratha, and I buried her there by the road at Ephratha." 1
   
RF GEN 48:8 Then Israel looked at the sons of Joseph, and said, "These are mine!"
   
RF GEN 48:9 But Joseph said to his father, "They are the sons which GOD gave me here!" He, however, replied, "I will take them now for myself, and bless them."
   
RF GEN 48:10 But the eyes of Israel were heavy from age. He was not able to distinguish, so he drew them to him and kissed them, and embraced them.
   
RF GEN 48:11 Afterwards Israel said to Joseph, "I have seen your face unexpectedly, and now GOD has shown me also your heirs."
   
RF GEN 48:12 Then Joseph brought them for his blessing and they bowed before his face, earthward.2
   
RF GEN 48:13 Then Joseph took both of them, Ephraim in his right hand for the left hand of Israel,and Manasseh in his left, for the right hand of Israel, and approached him.
   
RF GEN 48:14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and placed it upon the head of Ephraim, who was youngest, and his left hand upon the head of Manasseh, intentionally, although Manasseh was the eldest.
   
RF GEN 48:15 Then he blessed Joseph, and said:
"The GOD in the presence of Whom my father's Abraham and Isaac walked,
The GOD Who appeared to me from of old until this day;
   
RF GEN 48:16 The MESSENGER Who redeemed me from all misfortune,
Bless the lads, and give them my Power,
The Power of my father's Abraham and Isaac,
And pour out their increase to the bounds of the earth!"
   
RF GEN 48:17 Joseph then discovered that his father had placed his right hand on the head of Ephraim, and it was unpleasing in his eyes, so he took hold of his father's hand to change it from off the head of Ephraim to the head of Manasseh.
   
RF GEN 48:18 Joseph also said to his father, "Not thus my father, for this is the eldest; place your right hand on his head."
   
RF GEN 48:19 But his father refused, saying, "I knew it my son, I knew it. He also shall be a nation,—and he also shall be great,—but nevertheless his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his race shall be a multitude of nations,
   
RF GEN 48:20 and when blessing in that period they shall say, The Blessing of Israel be upon you! May GOD make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh,' and they will place Ephraim above Manasseh,"
   
RF GEN 48:21 Then Israel said to Joseph;—"I shall die, but GOD will be with you, and will return you to the land of your fathers.
   
RF GEN 48:22 Therefore I give to you Shekem alone, above your brothers, which I took to me by my hand, from the Amorites, by my sword and my bow."
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1. Gen 48.7. The words, "Which is Bethlehem," are a comment of a Rabinical copyist, not part of the Text, so I put it at the foot of the page.—F.F.
2. Gen 48.12. A learned Jewish gentleman hearing of my work sent to ask how I rendered the 12th verse of the 48th of Genesis—"for,". he said, "it is translated totally wrong in both the Authorized and Revised Versions, and all others." I copied out from my translation as above, and my enquirer declared I was correct, as well as in another passage of which he had asked my translation. My readers can see the value of the correction by consulting the A.V. and R.V.F.F.
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