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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 13:1 (1045 B.C.) David asks the generals to have their Election of him confirmed by a national Civilian Voting.
David afterwards consulted with the Generals, and Captains, and all the Princes;
   
RF CH1 13:2 and then David said to a the Parliament of Israel; " If it seems good to you, and pleasing to our EVER-LIVING GOD, send to our brothers,—the remainder of our brothers in all the districts of Israel,—and with them to the Priests and Levites in the suburbs of their Cities, let them collect to us,
   
RF CH1 13:3 and we will seek the Ark of our EVER-LIVING GOD, for that has not been attended to in the days of Saul."
   
RF CH1 13:4 And all the Parliament replied, " Let that be done "; for the thing was right in the sight of all the People.
   
RF CH1 13:5 The Ark brought up from Krith-Jarim.
David consequently convoked the Representatives of all Israel from the River of Mitzer, to the Pass of Hamath, to bring the Ark of God from Krith-Jarim.
   
RF CH1 13:6 Then David, and the Representatives of Israel went up to the Corporation of Krith-Jarim, which is in Judah, to bring up the Ark of GOD,—the LORD dwelling with the Kerubim, who are represented there,—
   
RF CH1 13:7 and carried the Ark of GOD upon a new waggon from the House of Abinadab; and Azah, and Akhio, the Priests,
   
RF CH1 13:8 were in the waggon, while David and the Representatives of Israel rejoiced with all their power before GOD, with harps, and lutes, and drums, and timbrels, and trumpets,
   
RF CH1 13:9 and advanced as far as Kidensbarn, when Azah extended his hand to support the Ark, for the oxen were restive.
   
RF CH1 13:10 But the anger of the LORD to burnt against Azah, so he struck him, because he had extended his hand upon the Ark—so he died there before GOD!
   
RF CH1 13:11 David, however, was angry that the LORD had broken Azah, so he called that place Azah's-breach. As it is till today.
   
RF CH1 13:12 David also feared GOD, from that day, and said " The Ark of GOD shall not come to me "
   
RF CH1 13:13 So David did not transfer the Ark to the City of David, but placed it in the House of Abd-adom, an officer in his Palace,
   
RF CH1 13:14 and the Ark of GOD remained in the house of Abd-adom three months. But the LORD blessed the family of Abd-adom, and all who were with him,
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