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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 5:1

The Genealogy of Mankind, who were created as Representatives of God.
This is the Birth-Book of Men. From the time that GOD created men, making them to represent God;

   
RF GEN 5:2 constituting them male and female, giving them His blessing and naming them by the name of Mankind, upon the day of their creation.
   
RF GEN 5:3 Adam, when he was one hundred and thirty years old, produced a representative of himself, like his own shadow,
   
RF GEN 5:4 and gave him the name of Sheth. And the lifetime of Adam, after the birth of Sheth, was eight hundred years, during which time sons and daughters were born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:5 So the whole lifetime of Adam was nine hundred and thirty years when he died.
   
RF GEN 5:6 And Sheth was one hundred and five years old when Enosh was born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:7 And Sheth, after the birth of Enosh, lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters born to him
   
RF GEN 5:8 And the whole lifetime of Sheth was nine hundred and twelve years, when he died.
   
RF GEN 5:9 And Enosh1 lived ninety years,
   
RF GEN 5:10 when Kenan was born to him. And Enosh, after the birth of Kenan, lived eight hundred and fifty years, and had sons and daughters born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:11 And all the lifetime of Enosh was nine hundred and five years, and he then died.
   
RF GEN 5:12 And Kenan lived seventy years when Mahalalel was born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:13 And Kenan, after Mahalalel was born to him, lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:14 So the whole lifetime. of Kenan was nine hundred and ten years; and he died.
   
RF GEN 5:15 And Mahalalel living until he was sixty-five years of age, had Jared born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:16 And Mahalalel, after the birth of Jared, lived eight hundred and thirty years, and sons and daughters were born to him;
   
RF GEN 5:17 and the whole lifetime of Mahalalel was eight hundred and ninety-five years, when he died.
   
RF GEN 5:18 And Jared lived until he was one hundred and sixty-two years of age, when Hanok 2 was born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:19 And after the birth of Hanok, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters born to him;
   
RF GEN 5:20 and the whole lifetime of Jared was nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
   
RF GEN 5:21 And Hanok lived until the age of sixty-five years, when Methuselah was born to him.
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1. Enosh, the son of Sheth, must not be confused with the Hanok, the son of Cain, mentioned in 4:17. They are totally different.—F.F.
2. The barbarous spelling of the old translators has confused the genealogies, which I have endeavored to again elucidate.
   
RF GEN 5:22 And Hanok walked with GOD, after Methuselah had been born to him, three hundred years, and sons and daughters were born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:23 And the whole lifetime of Hanok was three hundred and sixty-five years.
   
RF GEN 5:24 And Hanok walked with' GOD—; and he did not die, God having taken him to Himself.
   
RF GEN 5:25 And Methuselah, having lived until he was one hundred and eighty-seven years of age, had Lamech 1 born to him;
   
RF GEN 5:26 and Methuselah, after Lamech had been born to him, lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, having had sons and daughters born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:27 And the whole lifetime of Methuselah was nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he then died.
   
RF GEN 5:28 And Lamech lived until he was one hundred and eighty-two years of age, when a son was born to him,
   
RF GEN 5:29 to whom he gave the name of Noah,2 saying, "He comforts in our labour, and in, the trouble of our hands, upon the land which was denounced by the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF GEN 5:30 And Lamech, after Noah was born to him, lived until the age of five hundred and ninety-five years, sons and daughters being born to him.
   
RF GEN 5:31 And the whole lifetime of Lamech was seven hundred and seventy-seven years, When he died.
   
RF GEN 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old, when Shem, Ham, and Japheth were born to him.
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1 This Lamech, son of Methuselah, is a totally different person to the Lemek, descended from Cain, and mentioned in Ch. 4, v. 23.—F.F.
2 Noah, meaning Comfort. F.F.
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