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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 31:1

Skilled Workmen Appointed.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, saying;

   
RF EXO 31:2 "See I have called by name Bezalal, the son of Auri, the son of Hor, of the tribe of Judah.
   
RF EXO 31:3 I have also filled him with a divine spirit of skill, and understanding, and knowledge, and with constructive ability,
   
RF EXO 31:4 and with inventive genius to work in gold, and silver, and brass;
   
RF EXO 31:5 and to cut stone for all works, and to cut timber to work for any purpose.
   
RF EXO 31:6 I have also given him Ahaliab the son of Ahisamak of the tribe of Dan. And I have endowed him also with intelligence and science, so that they may construct all I have commanded you:—
   
RF EXO 31:7 The Hall of Assembly and the Ark of Witnesses, and the covers which are upon it, and all the furniture of the Tabernacle,
   
RF EXO 31:8 with the table and its appurtenances, and the lamps of purity, and all their appliances, and the altar of incense;
   
RF EXO 31:9 and the altar of burnt offerings, and all its furniture; with the bath and its bases;
   
RF EXO 31:10 and the robes for service, and the sacred robes of Aaron , the priest, and the robes of his sons to officiate in,
   
RF EXO 31:11 besides the oil of consecration and the sweet perfumes, to sanctify all, as I commanded you."
   
RF EXO 31:12 Order to Keep the Sabbath.
Afterwards the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses saying:—
   
RF EXO 31:13 "Now speak to the children of Israel and say, 'Take care and keep My Sabbaths, for they are a witness between you and Me in your generations, that I am the EVER-LIVING Who sanctifies you.
   
RF EXO 31:14 Therefore you shall keep the Rest, for it is sacred to you. Whoever curses it, he shall die; and whoever does work in it, that person shall be excommunicated from the community of his people.
   
RF EXO 31:15 "You may do your business upon six days, but on the seventh is the day of rest; it is a Holy Rest to the EVER-LIVING. All who do business upon the day of Rest, shall die.
   
RF EXO 31:16 "The children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath to make a rest for their posterity, as an everlasting covenant.
   
RF EXO 31:17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for ever; for in six ages the EVER-LIVING made the solar system and the earth, but upon the seventh age, He rested and refreshed."
   
RF EXO 31:18 Tables of the Law given to Moses.
Then He gave to Moses when He had finished His commands to him upon Mount Sinai, two tablets of stone, with the evidence written by the finger of GOD.
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