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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 7:1

Noah Ordered to enter the Ark, or Ship.
Afterwards the LORD said to Noah, "Go yourself and all your household into the Ark, for I have seen that you have been righteous in the face of this generation.

   
RF GEN 7:2 Take with you of all clean cattle, seven, male and female, and of beasts which are unclean two of them, a male and a female.
   
RF GEN 7:3 Also from birds of the sky seven, seven male and female, so as to preserve a seed of life upon the surface of the land.
   
RF GEN 7:4 Because at the end of seven days, I will pour on to the earth for forty days and forty nights; and I will sweep away every creature that I made from off the surface of the ground."
   
RF GEN 7:5 And Noah did all that the EVER-LIVING instructed him.
   
RF GEN 7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the downrush of water came upon the earth.
   
RF GEN 7:7 Noah with his children and wife; and the wives of his sons with them went accordingly into the Ark from the face of the waters of the deluge,
   
RF GEN 7:8 with the clean cattle and with the unclean cattle, and with the birds, and all that crawls upon the field,
   
RF GEN 7:9 who came two by two to the ark, male and female, as GOD had directed Noah.
   
RF GEN 7:10 When the seven days had passed, then the downrush of water came upon the earth.
   
RF GEN 7:11 In the six hundredth year of the life of Noah, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the depths of the Great Ocean were heaved up. and the belts in the heavens were broken,
   
RF GEN 7:12 and there was a downrush on to the earth for forty days and forty nights.
   
RF GEN 7:13 At the close of that day,1 Noah, along with Shem, Ham, and Japheth, sons of Noah, and the wife of Noah, and the three wives of Noah's sons along with them entered the Ark;
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1. "That day" refers back to the 17th day of the month when Noah entered the Ark.—F.F.
   
RF GEN 7:14 they themselves and all the animals according to their species, and all the cattle, according to their species, and all crawlers upon the earth by their species, and all birds by their species, every bird of every wing.
   
RF GEN 7:15 There also came to Noah into the Ark two by two, from all creatures which have animal breath.
   
RF GEN 7:16 Thus they came male and female of all creatures, as GOD had directed them; and the LORD shut him inside.
   
RF GEN 7:17 The downrush continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters swelled and lifted up the Ark, and raised it from off the land.
   
RF GEN 7:18 And the waters overwhelmed and rose greatly upon the earth and the Ark floated upon the surface of the waters.
   
RF GEN 7:19 The waters overwhelmed the land, and covered all the hills and mountains which are below the skies.
   
RF GEN 7:20 The waters covered the hills fifteen cubits.
   
RF GEN 7:21 And all animals that moved upon the land expired, with bird, and cattle, and wild animals, and every insect swarming upon the land, and every man;
   
RF GEN 7:22 all which breathed the breath of animals in its nostrils, with all that was in the desert, died.
   
RF GEN 7:23 Thus He swept away the whole that He had made upon the surface of the ground; from man to cattle, and reptile, and birds of the skies; thus He swept them from off the earth; but Noah and those who were with him in the Ark remained.
   
RF GEN 7:24 And the waters overwhelmed the earth one hundred and fifty days.
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