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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 EXO 15:1

Song of Moses.
Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the EVER-LIVING and said in chorus:—

STANZA 1.

"I will sing to the LORD,
For with splendid power,
He has flung the horse and his rider Into the sea!

   
RF EXO 15:2 STANZA 2.

"I shout and sing to my GOD,
For from Him comes my salvation!
He is my GOD, and I rest upon Him!
The GOD of my Fathers, and I will exalt Him!
   
RF EXO 15:3 STANZA 3.

"The LORD is a warrior; His name is THE LIFE,—
   
RF EXO 15:4 He whelmed Pharoh's cars and his force in the sea!
And his generals sank in the Sea of the Weeds!
   
RF EXO 15:5 The breakers sucked to the deeps like stone!
   
RF EXO 15:6 STANZA 4.

"Your right hand, LORD, is strong and glorious,
Your right hand, LORD, has crushed Your foes,
   
RF EXO 15:7 And with grandeur destroyed Your opponents!
You shot Your fire;—it consumed them as chaff!
   
RF EXO 15:8 And the sea was filled by the breath of Your mouth!
And they lay like heaps for the plunderers;
They curdled the waves in the heart of the sea!
   
RF EXO 15:9 STANZA 5.

"I will pursue,' said the foeman,
Overtake, and plunder and sate my lust;
Draw my sword and my hand shall destroy them I '
   
RF EXO 15:10 You blew with Your wind, and the sea overwhelmed;
And their Princes sank like lead in the seas!
   
RF EXO 15:11 STANZA 6.

"Who is like to the LORD among GODs?
Who like Him in His Holy splendour, In brightness, and honour, and powerful acts?
   
RF EXO 15:12 You extended Your hand and the earth was shaken,—
You led in Your love this people free;
   
RF EXO 15:13 And will bring in Your 'might to Your Holy Home
   
RF EXO 15:14 STANZA 7.

"The Nations hearing it trembled;
Terror seized on Philistia's men;
   
RF EXO 15:15 The Chiefs of Edom were also in terror;
The Princes of Moab shook in their fear;
And the people of Canaan dissolved like a cloud;
Dread and terror upon them fell.
   
RF EXO 15:16 At Your Mighty power they stood like a stone;
Until Your People, LORD, passed over;
Until Your Race had passed out redeemed!
   
RF EXO 15:17 Whom You brought and fixed as Your own on Your Hill;
The place You had chosen, LORD, for Your work;
   
RF EXO 15:18 To the Temple, ALMIGHTY, Your hands had made.
   
RF EXO 15:19 STANZA 8.

"The LORD will reign for ever and ever;
For the horse of Pharaoh went with his chariot,
And with his horsemen, into the sea,
Where the LORD turned on them the flood of the waters;
But the children of Israel walked on the dry,—
Thro' the midst of the sea!"
   
RF EXO 15:20 Miriam the Poetess, also, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrill in her hand and all the women followed her with timbrills and dances,
   
RF EXO 15:21 and Miriam responded to them;

The Chorus of Women.

"Sing to the LORD for gloriously triumphing,
He has flung the horse and his rider,—Into the sea!"
   
RF EXO 15:22 March from the Wall to the Desert of Marah.
Moses afterwards marched the children of Israel from the Red Sea, and departed from the Desert of the Wall, and advanced three days into the desert, but found no water.
   
RF EXO 15:23 Then they came to Marah, but were unable to drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore Moses called it Bitterness.
   
RF EXO 15:24 Then the people came to Moses to say; "Why have you done this?"
   
RF EXO 15:25 So he cried to the EVER-LIVING, and the EVER-LIVING showed him a tree, which he put into the water and it sweetened it. He gave it therefore the name of the Pit of Calamity, and named it Trial.
   
RF EXO 15:26 But he said; "If you will listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and do what is right in His eyes, and give your ears to His commands, and keep all His institutions, all the plagues which I laid upon the Mitzerites I will not lay upon you, for I am your EVER-LIVING RESTORER."
   
RF EXO 15:27 After that they came to Ailim, where there were twelve springs of water, and several palm trees, so they encamped there by the springs.
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