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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 21:1 (1017 B.C.) David orders a conscription for the army.
Then Satan arose against Israel, and incited David to make a conscription of Israel.
   
RF CH1 21:2 So David said to Joab, and the Generals of the Forces, " Go, conscript Israel from Barsheba, to Dan. Then come to me, that I may know the number."
   
RF CH1 21:3 But Joab replied;—"May the LORD add to his People, that they may become a hundred-fold. Are they not all your Royal Majesty's? Your Majesty's servants? So why does his Majesty desire this? May not Israel be offended at this?"
   
RF CH1 21:4 Yet the command of the king prevailed over Joab. So Joab went out and travelled to every part of Israel, and returned to Jerusalem,
   
RF CH1 21:5 where Joab reported the number of the forces,—enrolled for David. And the Forces of Israel were One Million, One Hundred thousand men, disciplined to arms; and of Judah, Four Hundred and seventy Thousand men, disciplined to arms!1
   
RF CH1 21:6 But Levi and Benjamin were not enrolled amongst them, for Joab was disgusted at the command of the king.
   
RF CH1 21:7 This command also was wrong in the sight of GOD, so He struck Israel.
   
RF CH1 21:8 Then David said to GOD "I sinned greatly when I did that thing. But now I pray You to pass over the fault of Your servant, for I have been very foolish."
   
RF CH1 21:9 The LORD therefore spoke to Gad, David's Seer, and said;
   
RF CH1 21:10 "Go to David and announce,—' Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will present three things to you. Choose one from them,—and I will do it for you! '"
   
RF CH1 21:11 Gad consequently went to David, and said to him, " Thus says the EVER-LIVING; Choose for yourself!
   
RF CH1 21:12 Either three years of Famine; or three years of flight before your assailants, and the sword of your triumphant enemies; or three days of the Sword of the LORD! with a plague in the country, and the Messenger of the LORD exterminating the forces of Israel? Reflect, therefore, on the answer I am to return to my Sender?"
   
RF CH1 21:13 And David replied to Gad, " It is very difficult for me. I would rather fall into the hand of the EVER-LIVING—for His mercies are many, —but I would not fall into the hand of Man!"
   
RF CH1 21:14 The LORD therefore sent a plague to Israel, and seventy thousand of Israel fell.
   
RF CH1 21:15 The LORD also sent the Divine Messengers to Jerusalem to afflict it; but as he was about to afflict it, the LORD looked, and had pity over the flock, and said to the Messenger,2 "You have punished enough! Now restrain your hand." But the Messenger of the LORD stood opposite the Granary of Arnan the Jebusite;
   
RF CH1 21:16 and David lifted his eyes and saw the Messenger of the LORD standing between the Earth and the Skies, with his sword drawn in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem! And David and his Counsellors, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces,
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1 NOTE.—Ch. 21, V. 5. In numerals these armies were 1,570,000 men.—F.F.
2 NOTE.—I read wril,k4 (Alohim) in the sense of " Divine, not of " GOD," for the sense of the text demands that meaning here. See Prof. S. Lees' Lexicon on the import of the word.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 21:17 and David said, to GOD; " Was it not I alone who commanded to conscript for the Forces?—I am the one who has sinned, and have committed the wrong;—but, these sheep,—what have they done? EVER-LIVING GOD! let Your hand, I beg, be upon me;—and do not afflict Your people!"
   
RF CH1 21:18 So the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING commanded Gad, to order David, to go up and raise an Altar to the EVER-LIVING at the Granary of Arnan the Jebusite.
   
RF CH1 21:19 David consequently went there at the command of Gad, which he uttered in the name of the LORD.
   
RF CH1 21:20 Arnan also turned and saw the King,—and he and his four sons who were with him, hid themselves;—for Arnan was thrashing wheat.
   
RF CH1 21:21 But David advanced to Arnan, when Arnan peeped and saw David, so came out from the Granary, and bowed to David, inclining his face towards the earth.
   
RF CH1 21:22 David then asked Arnan,—"Will you sell me the site of the Granary? for I wish to build an Altar to the EVER-LIVING. You shall sell it to me for full money value, so that the affliction may be removed from the Forces."
   
RF CH1 21:23 But Arnan replied to David, " Take it for yourself. And let my Lord the King do what is fair in his opinion. Look! I also give the Bullocks for Burnt-offerings, and the wood of the Thrashing-machine, and the wheat as a Bread-gift.—I will give the whole."
   
RF CH1 21:24 King David, however, answered to Arnan, "No!—But I will purchase it for full money value, for I will not offer your property to the EVER-LIVING, and thus sacrifice a costless sacrifice."
   
RF CH1 21:25 So David paid Arnan for the place six hundred gold shekels as the price.
   
RF CH1 21:26 (1017 B.C.) David Builds an Altar.
Then David built an Altar there, and offered a burnt-offering and a thank-offering, and called on the EVER-LIVING Who answered by fire from the skies to the Altar of the Burnt-offering.
   
RF CH1 21:27 Then the LORD commanded the Messenger and he returned his sword to its sheath.
   
RF CH1 21:28 David saw at that time, that the EVER-LIVING had answered him, at the Granary of Arnan the Jebusite, when he sacrificed there.
   
RF CH1 21:29 For the Tabernacle of the EVER-LIVING which Moses made in the Wilderness, and the Altar for Burnt-offering were at that period at the Mound of Ghibaon.
   
RF CH1 21:30 David, however, could not go before it to enquire of GOD for he was startled at the presence of the sword of the Messenger of the LORD.
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