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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 EST 4:1

Mordecai Prays God to defeat the Jews' Enemy.
Mordecai, however, knew of all that was done. Mordecai, therefore, tore off his robes, and clothed in a sack, and went to the centre of the City, and shrieked with a great and bitter shriek!

   
RF EST 4:2 Then he went opposite the Royal Gate,—for he might not enter the Gate of the King clothed in a sack.
   
RF EST 4:3 And in every Province and Provincial village where the Order of the King, and the Decree arrived, there was great depression among the Jews, who fasted, and wept, and mourned in sacking, and ashes were spread under many.
   
RF EST 4:4 Esther is Informed of the Decree.
But Esther's maids and her eunuch came and informed her; and the Queen was in great anguish, and sent clothing to Mordecai to clothe himself, and to ask him to strip the sacking off him. But he would not accept it.
   
RF EST 4:5 Esther consequently called to Hatak, one of the Royal Chamberlains, who waited on her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this meant, and what it was?
   
RF EST 4:6 Hatak accordingly went to Mordecai, into the Market-place of the town, which is opposite the King's Gate,
   
RF EST 4:7 and Mordecai informed him of all that had happened, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the King's treasury for the extermination of the Jews.
   
RF EST 4:8 He also gave him a copy of the enrolled Decree, which was deposited at Shushan, for their destruction, to show to Esther, and he commanded her to go to the King to arouse him, and to intercede with him for her People.
   
RF EST 4:9 Hatak then returned and reported to the words of Mordecai to Esther.
   
RF EST 4:10 But Esther replied to Hatak and despatched him to Mordecai;—
   
RF EST 4:11 "All the servants of the King, and the People of the Royal Provinces know that any man or woman who goes to the King into the Inner Court, who has not been invited, has one fate,—to die!—except the King extends to them his Golden Sceptre. So it will be with myself. I have not been invited to go to the King this three days."
   
RF EST 4:12 So he reported the words of Esther to Mordecai.
   
RF EST 4:13 But Mordecai replied in return to Esther, "Do not imagine in your mind that the household of the King will escape more than all the Jews!—
   
RF EST 4:14 For if you keep silent at this period, yet life and deliverance will arise to the Jews from some other quarter, but you and your father's house will be destroyed.—But who knows if it was not for this occasion you were raised to the Queendom?"
   
RF EST 4:15 Then Esther commanded to reply to Mordecai,"
   
RF EST 4:16 Go! Collect the whole of the Jews who are found in Shushan, and let them fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night and day, and I also and my maids will fast. ' I will then go to the King, although contrary to the law,—and if I perish I shall perish."
   
RF EST 4:17 Mordecai accordingly went and did all that Esther commanded.
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