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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 8:1

The Deluge Subsides.
But GOD remembered Noah, and all the animals, and all the cattle which were with him in the Ark. Therefore GOD passed a wind over the earth,

   
RF GEN 8:2 and the waters dried, and He restrained the outpourings from the Deep, and the belts of the skies, and stopped the torrents from the skies,
   
RF GEN 8:3 and stayed the waters from going on to the earth; and so the waters retired and diminished from the period of one hundred and fifty days.
   
RF GEN 8:4 The Ark then rested on the seventeenth day of the seventh month upon the Peaks of the High Hills1;
   
RF GEN 8:5 and the waters were retreating and subsiding until the tenth month. In the eleventh month the tops of the hills appeared.
   
RF GEN 8:6 Then at the end of forty days, Noah opened the window which he had made in the Ark;
   
RF GEN 8:7 and sent out a raven and it went. wandered and turned about until the waters dried away from off the earth.
   
RF GEN 8:8 Afterwards, he sent out a dove from him, to see if the waters had lessened from the surface of the field;
   
RF GEN 8:9 but the dove found not a resting-place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him in the Ark, for the waters were still on the whole surface of the earth; so he put out his hand and took her, and brought her to him into the Ark.
   
RF GEN 8:10 He then waited seven days longer, and again sent out the dove from the Ark.
   
RF GEN 8:11 And the dove returning at dusk, it carried in her mouth an olive leaf which had been broken off. So Noah then knew that the waters were off the earth.
   
RF GEN 8:12 Waiting yet another seven days, he sent the dove out again, and it did not again return to him.
   
RF GEN 8:13 At the end of his six hundred and first year, on the first day of the month, the waters dried from off the earth. Noah then loosened the hatches of the Ark, and looking out, perceived that the surface of the ground was dry.
   
RF GEN 8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.
   
RF GEN 8:15 GOD then spoke to Noah saying:
   
RF GEN 8:16 "Go from the Ark, yourself, your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives along with you.
   
RF GEN 8:17 All the animals which are with you, of every kind, with bird, and cattle, and with every reptile that creeps upon the earth, bring it along with you, and let them breed plentifully on the land, and cover it, and increase over the earth."
   
RF GEN 8:18 So Noah went out, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him;
   
RF GEN 8:19 every animal, every bird, and every reptile creeping upon the land, according to their species, went out from the Ark.
   
RF GEN 8:20 Noah then built an Altar to the EVER-LIVING, and took from every clean beast, and from every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings upon the Altar;
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1 I translate the compound Hebrew word "Ararat," as by leaving it in the Hebrew as the current versions do, it misleads the reader to fancy Ararat in Armenia is meant, but the real resting place of the Ark, as the Sacred Record clearly proves, was upon the Peaks of the Hymalayah Mountains in the Hindoo Koosh in the region of Kashgar, or Northern Afghanistan.—F.F"
   
RF GEN 8:21 and the EVER-LIVING perceived pleasant sweet perfume; and the LORD said in His heart, "Never again will I curse the ground to the labour of man, although the thought of the heart of man is wickedness from his youth; and never again will I cut off every animal I have made.
   
RF GEN 8:22 During the whole existence of the earth, sowing and harvest, and cold and heat, and Winter and Summer, Spring and Autumn, and day and night, shall continue."
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