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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 50:1 Then Joseph fell upon his father's face and wept, and kissed him.
   
RF GEN 50:2 Embalming and Burial of Jacob.
Joseph afterwards ordered his servants the physicians to embalm his father. The physicians accordingly embalmed Israel.
   
RF GEN 50:3 When the forty days were completed, which the embalming occupies, then the Mitzerites wept for him yet forty days,
   
RF GEN 50:4 and at the conclusion of the forty days of mourning, Joseph addressed the court of Pharaoh and said;—
"If, now, I have found favour in your sight, speak, I request to the ears of Pharaoh, and say;
   
RF GEN 50:5 "My father made me swear, saying, 'When I die, bury me in the tomb which I cut out for myself in the land of Canaan' so now I wish to go up and bury my father, and will return."
   
RF GEN 50:6 Pharaoh then replied, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
   
RF GEN 50:7 Joseph therefore went up to bury his father, and there went up with him all the ministers of Pharaoh, the nobles of his court, and all the nobles of the land of the Mitzeraim,
   
RF GEN 50:8 with all the family of Joseph and his brothers, and the families of his father, except the children, and except the sheep and cattle which were left in the land of Goshen.
   
RF GEN 50:9 There also accompanied him chariots and horsemen, making a very large army.
   
RF GEN 50:10 All these marched to Goren-Hatar which is over the Jordan,' and mourned there with a great and very heavy mourning, and made a lamentation for his father for seven days.
   
RF GEN 50:11 And when the inhabitants of the land of Canaan saw the lamentation at Goren-Hatar they said, "This is a great grieving, for the Mitzerites;" Therefore they called its name "Mitzers-lament." It is beyond the Jordan.1
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1. This means on the West of the Jordan, and is an internal proof that Genesis was written upon the eastern side, and by Moses, during the Exodus. If it were a forgery of some unknown scribe of Jerusalem of a few centuries before Christ, he would have made "beyond Jordan" lie on the East.—F.F.
   
RF GEN 50:12 Thus his sons did for him as he commanded them.
   
RF GEN 50:13 So they, his sons, carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave in the field of Makphelah; which field Abraham bought to be a burial place, from Ephron the Hitite, opposite Mamra.
   
RF GEN 50:14 Then Joseph returned to Mitzer, himself, and his brothers, and all who had accompanied him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
   
RF GEN 50:15 But when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, "Joseph will hate us; and will return upon us all the wrong which we heaped upon him."
   
RF GEN 50:16 They therefore sent to Joseph and said," Our father commanded us before he died;
   
RF GEN 50:17 'Say to Joseph this, forgive, I pray, your brothers' fault and sin in the wrongs they heaped upon you.' Consequently we beg of you to forgive the fault of the servants of the GOD of your father."
Joseph, however, wept at their address to him.
   
RF GEN 50:18 Then his brothers went and fell before his face, and said, "We are your slaves."
   
RF GEN 50:19 But Joseph replied to them; "Fear nothing! For I am subject to GOD.
   
RF GEN 50:20 Although you set upon me for injury, GOD turned it to good, in order that I might make this nation, to give life to many peoples.
   
RF GEN 50:21 Go now do not fear me. I will protect you, and your children." Thus he comforted them and spoke to their hearts.
   
RF GEN 50:22 This was after Joseph returned to Mitzeraim, he and his father's family. And Joseph lived one hundred and twenty years.
   
RF GEN 50:23 And Joseph saw his great-grand-children from Ephraim. Sons also of Makir the son of Manasseh were fondled on the knees of Joseph.
   
RF GEN 50:24 At last Joseph said to his relatives, "I shall die. However the EVER-LIVING will visit you and take you up from this country to the land which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
   
RF GEN 50:25 Then Joseph administered an oath to the sons of Israel to say; "When your GOD visits you, take up my bones from here."
   
RF GEN 50:26 Thus Joseph died a hundred and twenty years old; and they embalmed him, and placed him in a coffin in Mitzeraim.
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