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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 6:1

The Corruption of Mankind.
But when corrupt Men increased upon the surface of the Earth, and sons and daughters were born to them,

   
RF GEN 6:2 then the sons of GOD admired the daughters of Men who were beautiful; and they took to themselves wives from all they desired.
   
RF GEN 6:3 Consequently the EVER-LIVING said, "My spirit shall not call to man forever, for he is sinful flesh; but they shall have a hundred and twenty years."
   
RF GEN 6:4 The Nephalim were upon the earth in those days, and also afterwards when the sons of God came to the daughters of men and they bore to them mighty men, who were men of renown of old.
   
RF GEN 6:5 And the EVER-LIVING saw that the sin of man increased upon the earth, and that every effort of the thought of his heart was to promote sin every day.
   
RF GEN 6:6 And the EVER-LIVING sighed for the doings of man upon earth, and it grieved His heart.
   
RF GEN 6:7 The LORD therefore said, "I will sweep away man whom I created from off the surface of the earth, from man to beast and reptile, and birds of the skies, for I regret that I made them."
   
RF GEN 6:8 But Noah found favour in the presence of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF GEN 6:9 The History of Noah.
The following are the genealogies from Noah. Noah was a good man, he was upright in his age.[generations] Noah walked with GOD.
   
RF GEN 6:10 And Noah had three sons given to him, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
   
RF GEN 6:11 But the earth corrupted itself in the presence of GOD, and the Earth was full of crime.
   
RF GEN 6:12 And GOD looked upon the Earth, and saw its corruption, for all men had corrupted their way upon the Earth.
   
RF GEN 6:13 The Deluge Foretold.
So GOD said to Noah, "I decide to cut off all men from My sight, for the earth is full of crime from their presence. I will accordingly sweep them from the earth.
   
RF GEN 6:14 Make therefore for yourself an Ark1 of pitch-pine. Make the Ark with decks, and pitch it inside and outside with pitch.
   
RF GEN 6:15 You shall make it thus;—it shall be three hundred cubits2 long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits deep.
   
RF GEN 6:16 Make a ventilating-fan, fixed in a turret of a cubit high above the upper deck, and connected with that make an opening in the sides of the Ark, on the second and third lower decks. You shall make second and third decks:
   
RF GEN 6:17 for I Myself will bring a downrush of waters upon the earth to sweep off all beings possessing the breath of life, from under Heaven; all that move upon the land.
   
RF GEN 6:18 Then I will establish My Covenant with you; and you shall go into the Ark yourself with your sons and your wife, and your sons wives along with you.
   
RF GEN 6:19 And from every animal of all kinds, two of each shall go into the Ark to live with you; they shall be male and female:
   
RF GEN 6:20 of birds by their species, and of animals by their species, and of reptiles moving in the field by their species, two of each shall accompany you, so as to preserve life.
   
RF GEN 6:21 And you shall take with you all kinds of food which is eaten, and store it with you; and it shall be provision for yourself, and for them."
   
RF GEN 6:22 Noah accordingly did all that GOD commanded him. He accomplished it.
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1 The Hebrew word THEBATH, really means a ship, not a floating house, like the common child's toy.—F.F.
2 A cubit was 25 English inches and a fraction over.—F.F.
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