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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 EZR 9:1

Ezra separates the Jews from Pagans.
When all this was done, the Chiefs approached me and said; " The People of Israel have not separated themselves, or the Priests and Levites, from the populations of the countries, with their abominations,—that is of the Canaanites, the Khitbites, the Perizites, the Jebusites, the Amonites, the Moabites, the Mitzeraim, and the Amorites,—

   
RF EZR 9:2 for they have taken some of their daughters for themselves, and their sons have corrupted their Sacred Race, with the Peoples of the countries, and the hand of the nobles and gentry has been the first in this sin."
   
RF EZR 9:3 When I heard this report I tore off my robes, and cloak, and pulled the hair off my head, and beard, and sat down in consternation,
   
RF EZR 9:4 and all who were terrified at the words of the God of Israel collected to me about this great wrong, and I sat in consternation until the evening sacrifice.
   
RF EZR 9:5 But when the evening sacrifice was offered I rose from my depression with my robe and cloak torn, and knelt on my knees, and spread my hands to my EVER-LIVING God,
   
RF EZR 9:6 and exclaimed;—
"My God! I blush and am ashamed to raise my face before You! for our passions increase on our head, and our sins are piled up to the skies!
   
RF EZR 9:7 From the times of our fathers we have been in great sin to this day! and for our faults, we, our kings, and Priests have been given to the hands of the kings of the Peoples; to ruin, to shame, and to degradation, and a blushing face, as we now are.
   
RF EZR 9:8 But now when a little momentary kindness has come from our EVER-LIVING God for a portion of us to escape, and to give us a nail in this Sacred Place,—that our God may enlighten our eyes, and grant us a little revival in our bondage,—
   
RF EZR 9:9 for we are slaves,—but our God has not forsaken us in our slavery,—but has extended mercy to us before the king of the Persians,—to grant us a revival, and to raise the House of our God, and to repair its ashes, and has given us a fence for Judah in Jerusalem;—
   
RF EZR 9:10 then now, what can be said to our God after this,—when we abandon Your commands,
   
RF EZR 9:11 which You commanded by the means of your servants, the Preachers, saying;—
"'The land which you are going to possess, is a defiled country from the defilements of the People of the country, and from their depravities with which they have filled it from place to place, in corrupting themselves.
   
RF EZR 9:12 Consequently give not your sons to their daughters, nor your daughters to their sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity for ever! So that you may be strong and eat the produce of the country, and transmit it to your children for ever! '
   
RF EZR 9:13 And after all that has come upon us for our bad practices, and for our great offences,—although You our God, have punished us less than our sins,—and given us an escape like this,—
   
RF EZR 9:14 we again break Your commands, and marry with these depraved people!—Be not angry with us to the extreme!—lest no portion should escape!—
   
RF EZR 9:15 EVER-LIVING God of Israel! You are righteous, for we a remnant, have escaped, as today;—Look! we are before You in our guilt! for none can stand up before You about this!"
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