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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 33:1

Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Go from here; you and the people whom you brought up from the land of the Mitzeraim to the land which I promised to Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, To your descendants I will give it.

   
RF EXO 33:2 'And I will send My Messenger before your face, and drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hitites, the Perizites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
   
RF EXO 33:3 from the land flowing with milk and honey.—Yet I shall not bring you straight to it, for you are a stiff-necked people, therefore I shall march you by a journey."
   
RF EXO 33:4 When the people heard this hard command they grieved; and many men would not put on their armour.
   
RF EXO 33:5 Therefore the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, You are a stiff-necked people; —a rebellious one. If I came a single moment into your midst I could destroy you. However, strip off your arms, and 'I will make known what I will do to you."
   
RF EXO 33:6 So the children of Israel quickly stripped off their armour.
   
RF EXO 33:7 Moses Carries off the Tabernacle of Witnesses and the Word Appears.
Then Moses seized the tabernacle, and pitched it for himself outside the camp, at a distance from the camp, and named it his Hall of Meeting, so that all who wished to inquire of the EVER-LIVING were obliged to come to him to his Hall of Assembly that was outside the camp.
   
RF EXO 33:8 But when Moses had gone away with the tabernacle, all the people rose in insurrection, and every man stood at the door of his tent and looked after Moses as he went off with the tabernacle.
   
RF EXO 33:9 And when Moses went with the tabernacle, the cloud tremblingly descended and stood at the door of the Tabernacle, and the WORD was with Moses.
   
RF EXO 33:10 When to all the people saw the trembling cloud standing at the door of his tabernacle, then all the people arose and everyone bowed down towards that tent.
   
RF EXO 33:11 There the EVER-LIVING spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend;—Then he turned towards the camp, and watched it; but Joshua the son of Nun, his attendant, did not depart from the inside of the tabernacle.
   
RF EXO 33:12 And Moses said to the EVER-LIVING; "See, You spoke to me to bring up this people, but yet You have not instructed me as to whom You will send with me. You have, however, said, I know you by name, and you have found favour in My eyes.'
   
RF EXO 33:13 So now, if I have found favour in Your eyes, teach me Your path, that I may know You, since I have found favour in Your sight, and perceive that Your People are this Nation."
   
RF EXO 33:14 Then He replied, "Turn their advance back, and I will support you."
   
RF EXO 33:15 But he answered to Him, If Your PRESENCE is not with our marches, do not take us from here.
   
RF EXO 33:16 And by what can it be possibly known that I have found favour in Your sight, I and Your people? Would it not be by Your marching with us? and distinguishing me and Your People from every nation upon the face of the earth?"
   
RF EXO 33:17 Then the EVER-LIVING answered Moses; "I will grant also this request which you have made, for you have found favour in My eyes, and I have made MYSELF known to you by a NAME."
   
RF EXO 33:18 He therefore replied:—"Show me, I pray, Your Majesty."
   
RF EXO 33:19 And he was answered; "I have passed all My beauty before your face; and I made MYSELF known to you openly by My Name of the EVER-LIVING. I show favour to those I love; and compassion to those I compassionate.—
   
RF EXO 33:20 But," He added, "you are not able to see My face, for no man can see Me and live.
   
RF EXO 33:21 However," said the EVER-LIVING, "mount up to Me and sit on the rock,
   
RF EXO 33:22 and My Majesty shall pass over, and I will place you in a cleft of the rock, and shade you with My hand over you, until I pass over,
   
RF EXO 33:23 so that upon removing My hand you may see My back, for you cannot look upon My face."
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