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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 CH1 1:1 Adam, Sheth, Enosh,
   
RF CH1 1:2 Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jared;
   
RF CH1 1:3 Hanok, Methuselah, Lamech;
   
RF CH1 1:4 Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth.
   
RF CH1 1:5 Sons of Japheth, Gomer, Magog, and Madai, and Javen, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
   
RF CH1 1:6 And the sons of Gomer, Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
   
RF CH1 1:7 And the sons of Ion Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
   
RF CH1 1:8 And the sons of Ham, Cush, and Mitzeraim, Put, and Canaan.
   
RF CH1 1:9 And the sons of Cush, Seba, Khinlah, and Sabtha, and Raamah, and Sabthaka. And the sons of Raamah, Sheba and Dedan.
   
RF CH1 1:10 And Kush begot Nimrod; he became a Great Hero on the earth.
   
RF CH1 1:11 And the Mitzeraim begot the Ludim, and the Anamim, and the Lahbim, and the Nafthukim,
   
RF CH1 1:12 Pathrusim, and the Kaslukim, from whom proceeded the Philistine, and the Kafthorim.
   
RF CH1 1:13 And Canaan begot Zidon, his first-born, and Heth,
   
RF CH1 1:14 and the Jebusi, and the Amori, and the Ghergashi,
   
RF CH1 1:15 and the Hivi, and the Arki, and the Sini;
   
RF CH1 1:16 and the Harvadi, and the Zamari, and the Hamathi.
   
RF CH1 1:17 And the sons of Shem,—Ailam, and Ashur, and Arfaksad, and Lud, and Aram, and Autz, and Khul, and Gether, and Meshech.
   
RF CH1 1:18 And Arfaksad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber;
   
RF CH1 1:19 and to Eber were born two sons. The name of the first Peleg1 —for in his days the earth was split in two. And the name of the other was Jaktan!
   
RF CH1 1:20 And Jaktan begot Almodad, and Shalf and Hatzarmuth, and Jarakh,
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1. NOTE: Ch. I, V. "Peleg" or "Phleg " or " Fleg " in Hebrew was "Split or slit off." This probably refers to the splitting of the American Continents from Europe and Africa. "Yaktan." "Lessened." To commemorate the lessening of the primeval single mass of land.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 1:21 and Hadoram, and Amzal, and Diklah.—
   
RF CH1 1:22 Aibal, and Abimal, and Sheba,
   
RF CH1 1:23 and Aufir, and Havilah, and Jobab; —all these are the Beth Jaktan,—
   
RF CH1 1:24 Shun,—Arfakshad,—Shelah,—
   
RF CH1 1:25 Eber,—Peleg,—Rau,—
   
RF CH1 1:26 Shrug,—Nahor,—Tharah,—
   
RF CH1 1:27 Abram (who is Abraham).
   
RF CH1 1:28 The sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael.
   
RF CH1 1:29 These are the Descendants of the First Born, —Ishmael:—Nebioth, and Kedar, and Adbal, and Mibsam;
   
RF CH1 1:30 Mishma, and Danah, Masa, Hadad, and Thema;
   
RF CH1 1:31 Jetur, Nafish, and Kadmah. These were the sons of Ishmael.
   
RF CH1 1:32 And the sons of Keturah, the Secondary wife of Abraham. She bore, Zimran, and Jakshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
   
RF CH1 1:33 And the sons of Jakshan; Aifa, and Afar, and Hanok, and Aldah. All these were sons of Keturah.
   
RF CH1 1:34 Abraham also begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac; Esau, and Israel.
   
RF CH1 1:35 The sons of Esau; Alifaz, Rawal, Jaush, and Jalam, and Korah.
   
RF CH1 1:36 The sons of Alifaz; Thiman, and Aumar, Zifi; and Nathan, Kenez, and Thimna, and Amalek.
   
RF CH1 1:37 The sons of Rawal; Nahath, Zerah, Shamah, and Miza.
   
RF CH1 1:38 And the sons of Sair; Lotan, Shubal, Tzibaon, and Anah, and Rishan, and Atzer, and Dishan.
   
RF CH1 1:39 And the sons of Lotan; Hori, and Homam, and A khoth, Lotan, Thimna.
   
RF CH1 1:40 The sons of Shubal; Alian, and Manhath, and Aibal, Shefi, and Annam. And the sons of Tzebaon; Aiah, and Anah.
   
RF CH1 1:41 The sons of Anah; Dishon, and the sons of Dishon, Hamram, and Ashban, and Ithron, and Karan.
   
RF CH1 1:42 The sons of Atzer; Bilhan, and Zacan, and Jakan. The sons of Dishon; Autz, and Aran.
   
RF CH1 1:43 And these are the Kings who reigned in the country of Edom, before kings reigned in the land of Israel;—Bela-ben-Baor; and the name of his City was Dinabah;
   
RF CH1 1:44 When Bela died, Jobab reigned after him. Jobab was son of Zarak of Bazrah.
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1 NOTE.—See my note on Genesis, Ch. 36, v. 31. The list here is a reversal of the lists of Chiefs and Kings of Edom given there. Also see my note 1 Chron. Ch. 1.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 1:45 When Jobab died; then Horham who came from the country of the Themanites, reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 1:46 When Hosham died, Hadad,-ben-Bedad, who defeated Midian, on the plain of Moab, reigned after him, and the name of his City was Aivith.
   
RF CH1 1:47 When Hadad died, Shamlah from Maskerah reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 1:48 When Shamlah died; Shaul from Rakhoboth, on the River, reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 1:49 When Shaul died, Bal-Hannan-ben-Akbor, reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 1:50 When Bal-Hannan died, Hadad reigned after him, and the name of his City was Phai, and the name of his wife Hitabal, daughter of Matred, daughter of Mizahb.
   
RF CH1 1:51 When Hadad died, they made Chiefs in Edom;1 Chief Thimna; Chief Aliahl, Chief Ithath;
   
RF CH1 1:52 Chief Aholibamah; Chief Alah, Chief Phinan
   
RF CH1 1:53 Chief Kenan, Chief Thiman, Chief dibzar;
   
RF CH1 1:54 Chief Magdial; Chief Airam. Those were the Chiefs of Edom.
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