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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 10:1 (1056 B.C.) Introductory chapter.
THE Philishtim were at war with Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philishtim, and fell defeated on the hills of Gilboa
   
RF CH1 10:2 where the Philishtim pressed on after Saul, and after his sons, and the Philishtim had slain Jhonathan, and Abinadab, and Melkishua, the sons of Saul;
   
RF CH1 10:3 so the battle was heavy upon Saul, and the Archers opposed him with their bows, and he was wounded by the archers.
   
RF CH1 10:4 Saul consequently said to his Squire, " Draw your sword and stab me with it, for these blackguards are coming, and will insult me." But his Squire was not willing for he was terribly afraid, Saul therefore took the sword and fell upon it.
   
RF CH1 10:5 When the Squire saw Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died.
   
RF CH1 10:6 Thus Saul and his three sons, with all his house, died at one time.
   
RF CH1 10:7 When all the men of Israel who were on the Plain saw how they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead; they abandoned their villages and fled, and the Philishtim advanced and occupied them.
   
RF CH1 10:8 But morning arrived, and the Philishtirn came to strip the wounded, and found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
   
RF CH1 10:9 So they stripped him and took off his head and his armour, and sent them round to the country of the Philishtim to exhibit them to their Idols and People.
   
RF CH1 10:10 They also placed his arms in the House of their GODs, and fixed his head on the House of Dagon.
   
RF CH1 10:11 But the Forces occupying Jabish Gilad heard of all that the Philishtim had done to Saul,
   
RF CH1 10:12 so they arose every man of the army, and carried off the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh. Then they fasted seven days.
   
RF CH1 10:13 Thus Saul died in the transgression that he transgressed against the LORD,—about the Command of the LORD which he did not obey. And also for going to enquire of a Spirit-raiser,
   
RF CH1 10:14 instead of going to the LORD. Thus he was killed, and the Kingship transferred to David, the Son of Jesse.
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