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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 9:1

God's Blessing and Command to Mankind upon Noah leaving the Ark.
A renewal of the primeval Blessings.
GOD also blessed Noah and his sons, and said, "Be prolific and increase and fill the earth.

   
RF GEN 9:2 And the fear and terror of you shall be upon every animal Of the land, and every bird of the sky, with all that swarm upon the ground, and all the fish of the waters; they shall be given into your hand.
   
RF GEN 9:3 Every living animal that moves shall be food for you. I have given the whole to you like the green herbage.
   
RF GEN 9:4 But the flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat.
   
RF GEN 9:5 And also the blood of your life I will require, from the hand of every animal I will require it; and from the hand of man; even from the hand of his brother, I will require the life of man.
   
RF GEN 9:6 Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his own blood shall be shed; because I made man under the shadow of GOD.
   
RF GEN 9:7 And be prolific yourselves, increase, and swarm on the earth, and multiply on it."
   
RF GEN 9:8 GOD also spoke to Noah, and to his sons along with him, saying,
   
RF GEN 9:9 "Now I Myself will fix a Covenant with you,
   
RF GEN 9:10 and your descendants after you; and with every living animal that is with you; with bird, and cattle, and with every animal of the earth with you; of all coming out of the Ark; and with every wild beast of the earth.
   
RF GEN 9:11 I have fixed My Covenant with you, that all flesh shall never again be destroyed by a downrush of water and there shall never again be a down-rush to desolate the earth."
   
RF GEN 9:12 GOD also said, "This is the attestation of the Covenant which I have made between Myself and you, and between all animal life which is with you for every generation.
   
RF GEN 9:13 I place My rainbow in the clouds, and it shall be for an evidence of the Covenant between Myself and all the earth.
   
RF GEN 9:14 When there is My cloud, covering the earth; and the rainbow appears in the cloud,
   
RF GEN 9:15 I shall remember My Covenant that is between Myself and you, and between all animal life, and there shall never again be a downrush of water to sweep away all living.
   
RF GEN 9:16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and appear as an eternal record of the Covenant between GOD and all animal life existing upon the earth."
   
RF GEN 9:17 And GOD repeated to Noah, "This is the Covenant which I have settled between Myself and all existence which is upon earth."
   
RF GEN 9:18 History of Noah After the Flood.
Now the sons of Noah who came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.
   
RF GEN 9:19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these three the whole earth was peopled.
   
RF GEN 9:20 Noah then became a farmer, and planted a vineyard,
   
RF GEN 9:21 and drinking of the wine, he became drunk, and was naked in his tent;
   
RF GEN 9:22 and Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and reported it to his two brothers, outside.
   
RF GEN 9:23 Shem and Japheth, however, took a shawl, and spread it on their shoulders, and going backwards, they covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father's shame.
   
RF GEN 9:24 So, when Noah woke up from his wine,
   
RF GEN 9:25 and knew what his younger [grand]son had done to him, he said:
"Cursed be Canaan. A servant of servants let him be to his brothers."
   
RF GEN 9:26 He also exclaimed:
"The Living GOD bless Shem, And let Canaan be a servant to him.
   
RF GEN 9:27 GOD will extend Japheth;
But He will dwell in the tent of Shem,
And Canaan shall be his servant."
   
RF GEN 9:28 Noah lived after the deluge, for three hundred and fifty years.
   
RF GEN 9:29 So all the lifetime of Noah was nine hundred and fifty years, when he died.
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