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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 17:1 (1041 B.C.) David Proposes to build a temple.
But when David was settled in his own House, David said to Nathan the Preacher, " See, I am residing in a Palace of Cedar, but the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING is under curtains!"
   
RF CH1 17:2 When Nathan replied to David, " Do whatever is in your heart, for GOD is with you."
   
RF CH1 17:3 But when it was night, a Message from GOD came to Nathan, to say;
   
RF CH1 17:4 "Go and say to David my Servant, thus says the EVER-LIVING; "You shall not build me a permanent House!—
   
RF CH1 17:5 For I have not rested in a house from the day when I brought Israel up from the Mitzeraim to this day; but I have gone from Tent to Tent, and Tabernacle.—
   
RF CH1 17:6 Wherever I marched with all Israel, have I spoken a word to one of the Judges of Israel, whom I commanded to Shepherd my People, asking, ' Why have you not built Me a Palace of Cedar?1—
   
RF CH1 17:7 Therefore, now, say this to my Servant David, Thus says the LORD of HOSTS, I took you from the Pastures, from following the sheep, to be a Leader over my People of Israel.
   
RF CH1 17:8 And I have been with you, wherever you went, and have defeated all your enemies before you, and have made you famous equal to the renown of the GREAT on the earth.
   
RF CH1 17:9 I am also preparing a place for My People of Israel and am planting it, to dwell under itself and it shall never shake, and the sons of evil shall not continue to injure it as formerly,
   
RF CH1 17:10 from the days when I ordered the appointment of Judges over my People of Israel. I will also subject all your enemies.
   
RF CH1 17:11 And I tell you further, the EVER-LIVING will build your house; and when days are filled to go to your fathers, I will establish an heir after you, who shall be from your own sons, and fix him in his kingship.
   
RF CH1 17:12 He shall build Me a House, and I will fix his Throne
   
RF CH1 17:13 and He shall be a Son to Me, and I will not turn My affection away from him, as I turned it from him who was before you,
   
RF CH1 17:14 for I will appoint him in My House and in My Kingdom for Eternity, and his Throne shall be constructed for Eternity.'"
   
RF CH1 17:15 Nathan related all these promises, and all this Vision to David.
   
RF CH1 17:16 David Thanks God for his success.
King David consequently went, and sat before the LORD and said;—"Who am I, EVER-LIVING GOD, and what is my House, that You have brought me so far?
   
RF CH1 17:17 But, GOD, that was little in Your eyes, for You have promised to Your Servant's House for the future, and have looked upon me as exalted above Mankind. EVER-LIVING GOD,
   
RF CH1 17:18 what has David ever added to You, that You should honour Your servant? for You know Your servant!
   
RF CH1 17:19 EVER-LIVING, according to Your own heart You have done all these great things for Your servant LORD,—
   
RF CH1 17:20 there is none like You! There is no GOD except Yourself, from all we have heard with our ears.
   
RF CH1 17:21 And who is like Your People of Israel? A singular People in the earth, whom GOD went to redeem for Himself. A People to bear Your great and terrible NAME, which advanced before Your People, whom You redeemed from the heathen Mitzeraim;
   
RF CH1 17:22 and have made Israel Your People for ever! And You, EVER-LIVING, have been a GOD to them.
   
RF CH1 17:23 " But now, LORD, the Promise that You have promised to Your servant and to his house, let it be firm for ever, and do according to Your promise!—
   
RF CH1 17:24 Yes! let it be firm, and enlarge Your NAME for ever, by the declaration that the LORD of HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, is the God for Israel; and that the House of David, Your Servant, is fixed before You for ever.
   
RF CH1 17:25 For You LORD have revealed it to Your servant, that you will build him a house, and therefore let Your servant find his heart to pray before You.
   
RF CH1 17:26 For You are the EVER-LIVING GOD Who has promised this benefit to Your servant;
   
RF CH1 17:27 as now You have been pleased to bless the House of Your servant to continue before You forever,—so You, the EVER-LIVING, have blessed and will bless it for ever!"
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