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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 49:1

Jacob's Blessings to his sons.
Jacob afterwards called his sons and said; "Assemble and I will inform you What will befall you in future times;

   
RF GEN 49:2 Collect and listen, sons of Jacob, Yes, list to your father Israel;
   
RF GEN 49:3 To Reuben.
Reuben! The first of my vigour,—You are the crown of my passion;
Excelling in beauty, excelling in strength!
   
RF GEN 49:4 Boiling like water, you lost command;—
For mounting your father's bed, Yes! defiling my honour's abode.
   
RF GEN 49:5 To Simeon and Levi.
Simeon and Levi are brothers; Cruel weapons are hidden with them;
   
RF GEN 49:6 To their plottings go not my soul! My honour, join not their clan!
For they murdered guiltless men, And joyfully murdered a prince.
   
RF GEN 49:7 Curse their crime, as great, and their transgression,
For it sorely troubled Jacob, and Israel shamed.
   
RF GEN 49:8 To Judah.
Judah you shall direct your brothers;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your foes;
To you shall the sons of your father bow!
   
RF GEN 49:9 A young lion, Judah, for plunder!
My son springs from his couch like a lion—
And as a lioness,—who dare rouse him
   
RF GEN 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
Or the Giver of Law from between his feet,
Till peace arrive, and the nations obey him.—
   
RF GEN 49:11 Bound to the vine like an ass,
And a colt the son of a stepper,
He washed his garments in wine,
And his clothes in the blood of clusters!
   
RF GEN 49:12 His eyes shall be bright as grapes,
And his teeth be white as milk!
   
RF GEN 49:13 To Zebulon.
Let Zebulon dwell on the shore of the sea,
On the shore of the ships,
And extend his legs to the fishery!
   
RF GEN 49:14 To Issakar.
A strong ass, Issakar, lies in the stall;—
   
RF GEN 49:15 And he saw that rest was good,
And the land, that it was pleasant,
So he gives his back to the load,
And becomes a servant for hire!
   
RF GEN 49:16 To Dan
Dan shall govern his people; As a sceptred Prince of Israel!
   
RF GEN 49:17 Dan is a snake in the path,—
An adder laid in the road,—
He will bite the heels of the horses,
Who will throw their riders backwards.
For your victory trust on the LORD!
   
RF GEN 49:18 To Gad.
Gad,—A troop!—He shall troop,
   
RF GEN 49:19 But a troop shall deceive him!
   
RF GEN 49:20 To Asher.
For Asher, his food shall be rich,
And his are the royal pleasures.
   
RF GEN 49:21 To Naphtali.
Naphtali is a nimble stag,
Has the gift of eloquent speech!
   
RF GEN 49:22 To Joseph.
Joseph! a fruitful plant!
A fruitful plant by a well,—
With branches spread on the wall!
   
RF GEN 49:23 But the master of arrows provoked,
And shot, and pierced him;
   
RF GEN 49:24 But he turned to his powerful bow,
And the hands of his arms were quick
By the hands of the mighty GOD of Jacob,
From Whom is Israel's guardian stone.
   
RF GEN 49:25 May the GOD of your father guard you,—
And the ALMIGHTY bless you!
With blessings from the sky above,
With blessings below of dancing water,
With the bliss of the breasts, and love!
   
RF GEN 49:26 May the blessings of your father strengthen,
With the bliss of the fertile vales.—
May the wealth of the ancient hills Be heaped on the head of Joseph;
More nobly crowned than his brothers!
   
RF GEN 49:27 To Benjamin.
Benjamin! a wolf, shall eat plunder at morn,
And at night shall divide his spoil."
   
RF GEN 49:28 All the offshoots of Israel were twelve. And their father said this to them, and blessed each with his blessing; with blessings adapted to each.
   
RF GEN 49:29 Then he addressed them and said;—"I shall be added to my people. Bury me with my fathers, in the cave which is in the field of Ephron the Hitite;
   
RF GEN 49:30 in the cave which is in the field of Makphelah, which is near Mamra in the land of Canaan, which field Abraham bought from Ephron the Hitite for a place of burial.
   
RF GEN 49:31 Abraham is buried there, and Sarah his wife. Isaac is buried there, and Rebekka his wife, and there I buried Leah.
   
RF GEN 49:32 The field was bought, and the cave in it, from the sons of Heth."
   
RF GEN 49:33 Jacob thus finished instructing his sons, and stretched out his legs upon the bed, and expired, and was added to his people.
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